Book Review: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

After the fantasy world of my last read, I decided to pick up something a little more realistic. The Perfect Mother  by Aimee Molloy seemed a food choice.


thriller, psychological thriller, mystery, suspense


They call themselves the May Mothers – a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for some much-needed adult time. When the women go out for drinks at a hip neighbourhood bar, they’re looking for a fun break from their daily routine. But on this hot Fourth of July night, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is taken from his crib. Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave six-week-old Midas with a babysitter, but her fellow May Mothers insisted everything would be fine. Now he is missing. What follows is a heart-pounding race to find Midas, during which secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are destroyed.

My thoughts: 

When I read the blurb to this novel, it resonated with me. When my children were young, it was hard for me to leave my babies with family members never mind strangers. Therefore, before I even began reading, I was already on the side of the mother whose baby had been kidnapped. The race to find the baby is echoed in the reactions of the May Mothers. As I read the novel, I could not help being suspicious of each one. And yet each time I thought I had ‘solved the mystery’, Molloy let me know that I was mistaken.

This psychological thriller is a page turner with unexpected twists. This is a novel that you won’t want to put down. It is a novel that ends unexpectedly and give you a moment in which you pause for thought.

I give this novel ⭐ ⭐⭐⭐️⭐️ 5 stars.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2018

(This novel was the 52nd in my 50 book pledge for 2018)

15 thoughts on “Book Review: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

  1. I loved this novel, too. Like you, it brought up all kinds of memories for me of when my girls were young. I liked how Aimee Molloy developed the characters and how they each had things going on in their personal lives that they were not sharing–it made me think about how we never really know what is going on in other people’s lives or what others are going through.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. So true. I was talking about this same thing with s friend today. We hire a part of ourselves from the outside world-and sometimes from our partner too.


Share what you think

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.