The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect Mother

Vanity Fair calls it one of the most anticipated books of the summer. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal's Kerry Washington. An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, they get together in Prospect Par...

Details The Perfect Mother

TitleThe Perfect Mother
Release DateMay 1st, 2018
GenreMystery, Thriller, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Perfect Mother

  • Emily May
    I enjoyed this quite a lot. The Perfect Mother definitely has something of a Moriarty vibe (Liane, not Jim) but I personally found it better paced. I struggled with the slowness and tame domesticity of Moriarty's The Husband's Secret and Truly Madly Guilty, though I enjoyed the HBO adaptation of Big Little Lies. I would say that this book is more like the latter. It's predominantly about women and the relationships between them, with the thriller...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...As soon as I read the description for “The Perfect Mother” I immediately added it to my list of Most Anticipated Reads for 2018. The fact that it was already in production to be made into a major motion picture added to my intrigue. I couldn’t wait to read it.The May Mothers are a group of mothers who gave birth in the same month. They joined the group online and eventu...
  • Dorie
    Finally a thriller that really delivers! Stayed up until 2:00 last night finishing this, I just had to know how it ended. It’s amazing that this is a debut novel and that it has already been picked up to be made into a movie, what a wonderful accomplishment for Ms. Molloy.This novel is told from multiple points of view and I did have a little trouble at times keeping track of who was talking but that was probably just because I was reading too ...
  • Kristin (KC) - Traveling Sister
    *3.6ish Stars*...because I’m annoyingly indecisive with ratings! “Mothers and babies. You’re everywhere. I hope you appreciate everything you have.” Meet The May Mothers: A newly-acquainted group of first-time moms who’ve all delivered their babies in the month of May. They trade parenting tips, share undiluted birthing stories, vent about their constant lack of sleep...nothing glaringly out of the ordinary here. Until one of their ba...
  • Maddie
    What a NOT so perfect mother's read, as I think this is any new mothers greatest fear!! 🍁🍁🍁🍁I went into this book blind, and it was a story pulling me into a web of a lot of questions without answers while reading this, it was not until the end that I got my answers!!🍁🍁🍁🍁Firstly ->🍁🍁🍁🍁I cannot imagine being alone and in labour, nobody to tell you everything will be okay!!! ->As always my reviews only contains p...
  • Diane S ☔
    Books seem to be published according to trends. The one I've noticed lately are about groups of women, who have children or are expecting a child. I've read many of these in recent months with varying degrees of success. This is one of the better ones in that grouping. For one reason the writing style is suspenseful but not overly dramatic, soap opera style, and for another I found these women realistically portrayed the many aspects, trials if y...
  • Shannon
    I literally have no idea how I am going to write this review. I’ve had my eye on The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy for MONTHS. I saw this pretty little gem on edelweiss and was completely obsessed! I knew I had to read it. Then, to find out The Perfect Mother is going to be a movie with Kerry Washington? Um, SOLD. Though, I am seriously wondering how they will do this book justice.So, when I was pregnant with my daughter, I signed up for babyc...
  • Carrie
    The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is a psychological thriller that easily will have readers on the edge of their seat as the story involves a missing infant. This one is told from multiple points of view including an unknown voice involved in the story. Several women have formed a group that they are calling the May Mothers after the fact that they all met because they were all due to have their babies that May. After the births the ladies wou...
  • Holly B
    A clever page-turner!A mother’s group goes out for a fun get together at the local bar. Then one mom gets a call from the babysitter.I used to be in a mommy group and we would meet every week to support each other (called Super Moms). This mommy group (May Mothers) is going through hell after one of the babies goes missing.This book got me out of my reading slump. Perfectly paced with plenty of twists, it kept me engaged as the moms put on thei...
  • Tucker
    In “The Perfect Mother” a group of expectant mothers gather frequently to discuss pregnancy and raising their newborns. These women were not previously acquainted, but soon find themselves forming strong bonds over their shared experiences. Strong bonds and a closeness that belie the somewhat superficial nature of their relationships. When one of their babies goes missing, they discover how little they really know about each other and Molloy ...
  • Liz
    3.5 stars, rounded upThis is one of those books that works to confuse you. With constantly switching perspectives, it’s not an easy story to figure out. Think Big, Little Lies with all the swirling confusion. If you like that style, you’ll like this. A group of new mothers opt for a night out and during that time, one of their babies goes missing. They don’t know each other well. These aren’t long time friends, they all met through a webs...
  • Linda
    "Wanna know something?" Nell leans in and lifts the bottom of her shirt. "These are maternity pants. The baby is two months old, and I'm still wearing maternity pants."This, folks, is reality. The soon-after-birth reality that visits the "May Mothers" (with little hatchlings all born in the month of May). Brooklyn's Prospect Park is the site for all to meet with their caravans of strollers and baby carriers. A place to embrace a once far distant ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Why? Why did she do that? Hadn't she learned her lesson? One impulsive decision can destroy an entire life. If anyone should know that, it's her. ABOUT THIS BOOK: An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.They call themselves the May Mothers—a collection of new moms who gave birth in the same month. Twice a week, with strollers in tow, th...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5 red herring filled stars! I read The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy as a buddy read with Heather from, Shannon from @givemeallthebooks, Emily from @book.happy, and Jamie from @beauty_andthebooks_ and I think it is safe to say that we all really enjoyed this thriller, and it was a complete binge read for almost all of us. I didn’t really know what to think of this book as I was reading it, but then I...
  • Tammy
    The Perfect Mother: Try to do it all and chances are you will fail at something or feel like you’re failing even if you’re not. During the first and only night out at a local hot spot, the unthinkable happens when one of the “May Mothers’” infants goes missing. What follows is a well-plotted, fast-moving story focusing on how little these friends really know about each other. And, there is a lot that is unknown despite bonding over the ...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    4.5/5 stars for this addictive, engaging read! Find my full review here: is a fantastic "popcorn read" - aka the kind of suspense novel you just want to binge on! Fans of Liane Moriarty and B.A. Paris will love this pacey, engrossing story of secrets, group dynamics, and interpersonal tension. Couple this with a cast of compelling female leads, and you've got a winner! Highly recommended for addictive,...
  • Dennis
    With the perfect combination of thrills and shrills; The Perfect Mother not only entertains, but also provokes societal norms that we as a society deal with on a daily basis. The story surrounds a group of mothers (and one father) who call themselves the May Mothers. The May Mothers are all first-time parents who have not only aligned together for comradery, but for validation as well. This group leans on each other for support and complimentar...
  • Linda Strong
    This author's debut novel is a winner! This psychological thriller had me riveted to the story from the very first page.They are called the May Mothers ... a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. They met on the internet when they were pregnant ... now that they have all delivered, they meet every week or so at the park. They share their baby stories, their birth stories. All except Token .. he's the one guy in the bunch .. ...
  • Jamie Rosenblit
    Now, this is how you do a psychological thriller! I'm in awe that this wonderfully done novel was Molloy's debut! Hearing that this book has been picked up by Kerry Washington for a film that she will also be starring in was definitely a factor in me picking this up 4 months before pub date (along with that stunning cover). The plot intrigued me, a mommy group formed online meets at a bar for a night out and something goes horribly wrong. Color m...
  • Gabby
    This book was meh, unfortunately. I was really excited to read this one, because the premise sounded so amazing. A group of Mother's who all had babies within the same month - then one night when they all go out for drinks, Winnie's baby Midas goes missing! Suddenly the police are looking into the private lives of all the May Mother's and they all have something to hide. This book started off promising enough, but I quickly grew bored with the st...
  • Marialyce
    3 I know why not more starsI know many of my book friends really liked this book and found it to be quite a thriller. However, for me it was just ok. I didn't really feel much about the characters although I do so remember new mommy angst with all its problems and the overwhelming questions that seems to plague new moms. Am I doing this right? Do I need everything to be perfect? I need to have a strict schedule and of course I must breast feel ri...
  • Meredith B
    4 Stars!Bad things happen in heat like thisThe May Mothers. They are group of new moms that come together to swap tips, advice and support each other. They get together weekly in a group forum with their babies and talk. However sometimes Moms just want a fun night out...right? What could possibly go wrong...The Mom's decide to go to a local bar for a fun night out. They encourage Winnie, a soft spoken mom, to come out and enjoy herself since she...
  • Heather~
    this book was just ok for me! there were j a few parts that were a bit unbelievable, and the story just didn't do it for me. I can't wait to see how they make this into a movie!
  • Amy
    There’s several very compelling reasons why The Perfect Mother is one of the most talked about books of the season, but the main reason (to me at least) is that is lives up to the hype! There is nothing more satisfying as an avid reader than picking up a buzz worthy book and having it meet all of your expectations, in fact it even exceeded them.Nothing bonds new mothers quicker than their pregnancies, and then newborn babies, especially if you ...
  • Kristy
    The May Mothers--a group of parents who all gave birth in May--meet regularly to discuss their parenting woes, joys, and everything in between. On the 4th of July, the group decides to go out in the evening--their first time out since their children were born. They meet at a bar, and most of the group is looking forward to an evening of drinking and dancing. But Winnie, a single mother, is reluctant to leave her son, Midas, with a babysitter for ...
  • Susan Johnson
    4.5 starsIf ever a book screamed, "I want to be the next Big Little Lies" this is it. This book cries for screen adaptation and then I read Kerry Washington bought the rights so I know I am right. But how does it hold up as a book? Very well. I kept flipping the pages and did not guess the identity of the villain which scored big points in my book.A group of pregnant woman join a Mommy group in NYC, They are all due about the same time so they sp...
  • Jennifer
    A fast paced thriller that also shines a light on the scrutiny and competition many women face when they become mothers. In today’s world where the common myth — women can have it all — rings falsely in our ears, a group of women bond over all giving birth in the same month (May). As their friendships grow — all nurtured over tales of birth stories, formula or breastfeeding, stay at home or back to work and more — their lives are shatte...
  • Kaycee Bowick (Off_The_Press)
    The Perfect Mother follows a group of women who call themselves the May Mothers. They had babies due in May and started meeting together as a 'mommy group' when they were only pregnant. Now they all have babies that are only a little over a month old.When the group decides that one of their own, Winnie, is in dire need of a night out, they plan a girls night at a local bar to have some adult time without the infants. But the night does not go a...
  • Heidi
    This book really should come with a WARNING! Do not even think about picking it up if you have any work, chores, kids, pets or other things demanding your attention any time soon, because it is utterly addictive and un-putdownable. Luckily I read it on my day off, or I doubt I could have gone to work without having to have the book surgically removed from my hands. As it was, I got nothing done until I could find out what was going on, and had to...
  • Frank Phillips
    3.5 stars for this book. I guess I went into this book with higher expectations than I should have, since it has already been option for a movie. There was nothing exceptionally thrilling in this book for me to keep me wanting to read it, so it turned out to be a longer read for me than normally. it could be perhaps that I'm reading too many psychological thrillers and a lot of them are similar and it's becoming harder and harder to be impressed....