Book Review: The Perfect Mother

07 May 2019|

Title: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy

Genre: Psychological Thriller

Main Characters:

  • Francie – new to New York with her husband
  • Colette – the writer who is struggling to juggle career and a new baby
  • Nell – the feisty one who loves a drink
  • Winnie – reserved single mom whose baby is abducted


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 Park, seeking refuge from the isolation of new motherhood; sharing the fears, joys, and anxieties of their new child-centred lives.

When the group’s members agree to meet for drinks at a hip local bar, they have in mind a casual evening of fun, a brief break from their daily routine. But on this sultry Fourth of July night during the hottest Summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now Midas is missing, the police are asking disturbing questions, and Winnie’s very private life has become fodder for a ravenous media.

Though none of the other members in the group are close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinise the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.


What would we do without a “Mom Friends”? But also how well do we really know them? It always amazes me how a group of women from all walks of life and backgrounds, some that have crossed paths many times are suddenly brought together by a common interest… their babies. But what is even more amazing is the bond that you form and the lengths you will go for each other – especially as you really do “get” each other. This book did that for me – there is so much to relate to as a mother and so many emotions as each mom experiences and feels in so many ways… The twists and turns are heart-wrenching – but also a good reminder that we all have our own skeletons in the closet, being a new mom is really hard and we are all so normal.

Have you read it? What did you think?

Any other good book recommendations?


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