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Publisher's Summary

The instant New York Times best seller and most anticipated book 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.

A night out. A few hours of fun. That's all it was meant to be.

They call themselves the May Mothers - 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 the hip neighborhood bar, they are 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.

Thirteen days. An unexpected twist. The Perfect Mother is a "true page turner." (B.A. Paris, author of Behind Closed Doors)

©2018 Aimee Molloy (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Riveting!

Great storyline though slow in parts. Amazing narration! Very impressive. And a great twist! Amazing.

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Was OK

A bit all over the place. hard to keep characters straight at times. was a bit surprised by the ending which is always nice.

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  • MB
  • 2018-05-14

kept me on edge - surprise ending !

good story telling; fun to listen to and portrayed real new mom fears and thoughts.

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  • J.C.
  • 2018-05-15

Entertaining

The plot was good. With all the hype, I thought the book and storyline would be better then it was. Reading a novel and how one feels about it is totally subjective. I enjoyed this book but felt like I had seen it before on a lifetime movie. I was expecting something very unique but discovered that i wasn't that surprised at the ending. I do feel this author writes nicely though and I would read another novel she writes depending on the plot. If it's made into a movie, I may go just to compare it with the book. JC

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Marylu Allen
  • 2018-06-13

Not my favorite

Story was very hard to follow. I was lost many times but kept going on.

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  • MarisaReads
  • 2018-05-07

What a tangled web we weave

I really enjoyed The Perfect Mother- what a great listen. I've been in a listening rut and this book put life back into my earbuds. The story is all about the characters, and the author does a great job drawing out each one, telling her story, tangling the lies and then unravelling the truth. The story is told from the point of view of several members of the May Mothers mommy group, a Brooklyn gathering of pregnant and new moms who meet regularly for friendship and support. None of our mothers is exactly who she presents herself to be, and the subtle competition, comparisons and compulsions of these women in their roles as friends, mothers, wives and working moms are fascinating. The underlying mystery is taut, compelling and not as simple as it may seem on the surface. The narrator did an excellent job creating the individual voices and accents and bringing the characters to life- very impressive, and I'll be looking for more from this narrator. Bravo on a great book and a very enjoyable performance. Highly recommended.

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  • A. Ferenchik
  • 2018-06-06

Kind of hokey...

Th twist was kind of hokey. The characters semi-interesting but stereotypes. It was one of those books that was good enough to listen to but will soon be forgotten. Not a lot of depth but maybe that’s not what this genre is about. It was no gone girl ...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-29

This book had promise

it started out ok. it quickly became a, he said, she said. Nothing happened in the book. the writing was raw & the characters built on whims. sad, it had the ability to be a good one with a little work.

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  • Pam
  • 2018-06-25

Weak story

Didn’t enjoy this book. Reader was overly dramatic and characters were weak. The overall story was far fetched and predictable. I am glad it is over.

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  • Tammy
  • 2018-06-12

This had all the ingredients for me to love it.


This had all the ingredients for me to love it. It just didn't happen.

I hate to say it but I just never connected with this book. I don't know if it was because there were too many similar characters or the story just never grabbed me.

I am glad that so many people are liking it, it just wasn't for me.

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  • Kary Graser
  • 2018-06-07

Disappointing

I found this book whiny and annoying (sorry!). Skip to the last 3 chapters !! I found myself just listening to hope it got better. The character details come out all at once toward the end.

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  • Mel
  • 2018-05-12

No Perfection here

A lifeless revamp of a worn out story, sorry to say. An *I'll-take-one-of-these, one-of-those, that-one, and-this-questionable-outlier* group of young pregnant women join a Mommy's group, in what is intended to be social stratification -- Gen Z style. What the author produces is a lackluster homogenization with little development of the individuals; so you just really don't care. [And worst red herring EVER. Just thinking back on that...whaaat?]

The *crime* that occurs felt sloppy and not well thought out. There would have to have been some clever strategy to pull off this level of snatch other than slipping someone a Mickey in a drink...remember that old slick move? What is so prevalent in this generation, and what the author didn't seem to ponder much, is how extensively media technologies impact society today. The players in this baby-heist would probably have been filmed on several iPhones, observed by the bar's camera, and also videoed by surveillance cameras dozens of times.

The novel feels underdeveloped overall, the plot is weak, the characters overused and stale. Now that I think back, The Perfect Mother was surprisingly void of anything memorable or noteworthy and I'm questioning why I finished this one. I thought about returning this and not writing a discouraging review, especially because I read a lot of contemporary fiction and try to encourage new authors, but the *Epilogue* was so unimaginative and rote that I was actually annoyed. I dropped my spade and the flower I was planting (and my jaw) and let rip a string of onomatopoeia. Now I remember why I pressed on...there were so many promising reviews. If you are determined to tackle TPM, hopefully you'll enjoy.

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