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The Perfect Mother
The Perfect Mother: A Novel | Aimee Molloy
A night out — a few hours of fun. What could possibly go wrong? SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE "The Perfect Mother is a gripping page-turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood as well as a mother’s absolute worst nightmare. At once wonderfully nuanced and compulsively readable, it keeps you guessing at every moment, up until the very end. I could not be prouder to be bringing this thriller to the big screen."—Kerry Washington Some people are so good at making perfect look easy. 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-centered 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 taken 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 is close to the reserved Winnie, three of them will go to increasingly risky lengths to help her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days after Midas goes missing, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured. Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a nuanced and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers’ lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.
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BeaG
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The book was pretty good. Some parts could have been left out, but it was still a good book. I loved the ending.

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Acoleman
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Every mother‘s worst nightmare. This book touches on all the new mom guilt!

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Courtneyjo_reads
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4/5! ⭐️

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Courtneyjo_reads
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I loved this fast paced mystery thriller. Couldn‘t put it down! 4/5! ⭐️

BlameJennyJane Pretty!!🌺 3w
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EmilieGR
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Finally a pretty good mystery with a surprise ending!

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janeycanuck
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Mehso-so

Quick and fairly predictable with an ending that was maybe a bit too over the top. Not quite the right book for me.

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Courtneyjo_reads
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May bookstack ✨

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Panpan

I see that I‘m in the minority, but I didn‘t care for it. I found the behavior of the characters to be preposterous. A couple of them (especially one!) become so obsessed with the mother of the kidnapped baby that it crosses over into disturbing. The ending felt very contrived (to me, anyway). Glad if you liked it, though! 😁

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Lauranahe
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A group of new moms go out for a girls night; after, one of their babies is missing. The story reminds me a lot of leane moriarty, and has plenty of twists. Tbh, I did not see the end coming, even if it was pretty outlandish. Still a quick and fun read.

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Breanne1
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This was a fast, thrilling read but probably not the best timing for me to be reading it. It gives a person a lot to think about while they‘re pregnant.

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BookBumming
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I really enjoyed the pace of this thriller and I‘m not much of a thriller gal.
Also thought that the character development was great and all the flashbacks and changes of point of view were well constructed.

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Madison91
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Fast paced, you won‘t be able to put it down, it‘s not the greatest book I‘ve ever read and wouldn‘t rave about it, but it‘s still a really good read.

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MicheleinPhilly
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I really SHOULD be spending Sunday with the above but I prefer not to. Getting sucked into this one instead. It‘s a good palette cleanser thus far.

Life‘s too short to worry about cleaning clothes you won‘t be able to wear for a few more weeks anyway.

TrishB Yep 3mo
Bklover Excellent decision!👍 3mo
Kalalalatja I would have done the same! 3mo
saresmoore It‘s a great day to avoid laundry. 3mo
MicheleinPhilly @TrishB @Bklover @Kalalalatja @saresmoore At the very least I should probably move the suitcases from where we dumped them right inside the front door. Out of sight, out of mind! 3mo
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Bookgirl
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A very quick read, fast-paced whodunit revolving around a group of new mothers and a missing baby. I liked some of the new motherhood fears that were explored, and felt that the author did a nice job of portraying sleep deprivation, postpartum depression, mom guilt, and “mommy brain.” There were many convenient plot points and some threads left unfinished but the final twist was a surprise that I didn‘t see coming. An enjoyable quick read for me.

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alisonrose
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While this did hold my attention well enough to finish it in two days, I ended up being pretty underwhelmed. The characters all behave so ridiculously and seem not to have two shreds of common sense amongst them. I didn‘t mind the multi-POV structure like some people did, but it did make the story feel a bit meandering. And the reveal was a total cliché and had the stupid “villain helpfully explains their villainy to everyone” trope. Meh. 2/5 ⭐️

Reagan-reads Haha I love the villain explains their villainy. Nailed it! Sorry this was a wash for you 😞 3mo
alisonrose @Reagan-reads Yeah, it wasn‘t terrible but just not great or memorable really 3mo
Reagan-reads @alisonrose absolutely. It was entertaining while reading but I couldn‘t provide too many specifics. I think I read it after a few really awful ones so maybe that led me to a more favourable review. 3mo
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alisonrose

Proposed subtitle for the paperback edition: “A bunch of women make the absolute worst and most inane decisions at every possible opportunity.” I mean, the story is holding my attention and all, but sweet jumping Jesus, these chicks need help.

Louise Hahaha! Nicely stated! 😆 3mo
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alisonrose
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From the synopsis and reviews, this might end up being one of those dime-a-dozen woman-penned not-very-thrilling thrillers...and the blurb on the front is from an author I‘ve read one book from which I really disliked...BUT! I‘ll still give it a try because you just never know... #nowreading

Reagan-reads It was not bad and I wholeheartedly agree about All The Missing Girls. I bailed hard. 3mo
alisonrose @Reagan-reads Yeah, I barely got myself to finish All the Missing Girls, gave it one star. So far this one is at least holding my interest better! 3mo
Reagan-reads I was also excited when I heard that Kerry Washington was turning it into a miniseries. 3mo
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KelciesReading16
Perfect Mother | Aimee Molloy
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This one will keep you on your toes! .... So thankful that I didn‘t join a Mommy group FYI.

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Kwrightson1986
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Since I didn‘t get to finish this one yesterday I‘m going to try my best now while my wonderful boyfriend works on my car

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Kwrightson1986
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Early morning basketball tournament....all day...I‘ll hopefully finish this one today.

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Kwrightson1986
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Perfect way to start a ❄️ snow day ❄️ when your sick....book #6 for 2019

Crazeedi Get well soon!🌹 4mo
Kwrightson1986 Thanks. 4mo
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KristenDuck
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A group of mothers meet to share experiences and help one another in a mom support group. When one of their babies is taken during their first ever night out at a local bar, everyone is suspect.

Told from various points of view with lots of insight into the mothers‘ stories, I couldn‘t put this one down. I also did not see that ending coming!

Definitely recommend to fans of thrillers and those who like Liane Moriarty‘s style of writing.

allureofbeauty I actually just got this one cause my library was getting rid of a copy. 4mo
KristenDuck @allureofbeauty have fun reading! 4mo
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AmberJoy

Currently reading and maybe I‘m too new as a mom but so far a lot of the judgmental stuff it touches on is very fresh. I don‘t breastfeed and I did have to go back to work after 7 weeks and I feel terrible about it all.

MicheleinPhilly Well that makes me sad. I‘m not a mom but one of my pet peeves is when people judge or shame other people‘s parenting circumstances and decisions. You continue doing you and I‘m sure you‘re doing great. ❤️ 4mo
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How funny that this was the May BOTM and the group of women in the book is called the May Mothers. This was a good read. Fast paced, but at the same time all the details coming to light slowly. My theory was correct in the end, but I did initially make the mistake of falling for the author‘s tricks. Tenth read of 2019 done!

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Sarz
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4 ⭐
One of the good things about this heat wave is that it's too hot to do anything other than read! I couldn't sleep last night, so managed to finish this one.

I really enjoyed it. I actually didn't see the twist coming at all! I was completely done with Francie by the end though. Is it good writing when the author can make a character so irritating??

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LiteraryLona
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A quick suspenseful read! The writing style and character development reminded me of Liane Moriarty. I'll definitely look forward to reading more from Aimee Molloy.

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OriginalCyn620
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I took this pic yesterday but forgot to post it. I was way distracted by the new seasons of The Punisher and Grace & Frankie! #ohmother #anewchapter

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Perfect!!! 😉❤️💛 5mo
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bookaddict86
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I got to about 17% last night. So far this has been good.

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MollyJCover2CoverCafe
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Traci1 Is that the lobster episode on in the background? 5mo
MollyJCover2CoverCafe @Traci1 it is!! 🖤🖤 5mo
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allthingskayla
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Mehso-so

Rating: 3/5 Stars
I loved the concept of a mommy group and seeing the main characters go through the adjustment period of adding a baby into the family. However, when it came to the thriller part, it fell flat and the plot twist didn‘t wow me. But, I did love Colette, Francie, and Nell.
#botm #thriller #theperfectmother #review #soso #3stars #bookstagram #bibliophile #litsy #littens

echalpan I agree. I gave this one a 3.5 at the time (and I was likely influenced by the Kerry Washington hype). Now that I reflect back on it, it was super underwhelming. 5mo
allthingskayla @echalpan After I finished I was thinking that the movie may be underwhelming. I hope they add more suspense for the movie. 5mo
JamieArc I agree too. This was one of my least favorite of the genre this past year. Pretty “meh” for me. 5mo
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wallacereads
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The author does a great job of describing the anxieties of being a new mother. However, the ‘thriller‘ part of the story was not all that interesting or thrilling.

CathyJ I felt the same about this one. 5mo
JennyM Yep, I‘m with you too. (edited) 5mo
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FeastOfFiction
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Final post of 2018 and my 56th book of the year! This one was goooooodddd!!! I couldn‘t figure out who took the baby until the author revealed it. Very good book that I couldn‘t put down.

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FeastOfFiction
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Starting The Perfect Mother this evening. Christmas break is so amazing. I love getting to read so much! Too bad I don‘t enjoy laundry as much...

JoScho Cuteness!!! 6mo
RadicalReader @FeastOfFiction gorgeous puppy!! What‘s its name? 5mo
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Andrea4
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Fast paced #audiobook I especially enjoy multiple POV in audio format. Not utterly disturbing but not just fluffy either. Interesting way to look at (without overly trying to comment on) the pressure on moms and women in general. Not entirely expected twist. Enjoyed the characters, especially Nell.

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IndoorDame
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This was a satisfying read- skillfully skirts that tricky mystery/thriller line of not too disturbing but also not too expected. It‘s done in limited 1st person, but from multiple perspectives, and with no external narrator. A tricky proposition, but one that works surprisingly well here, as all the inherent pitfalls of that structure actually help to build suspense and uncertainty which are desirable parts of this reading experience.

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IndoorDame
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Just read the first three chapters and I‘m having the strongest sense of dejavu. Anyone else ever feel equally sure that they‘ve read something before and that that‘s impossible? This has only been out for 6 months so I‘m sure I‘d remember reading the beginning of this. I wonder if there‘s a short story out there with the same setup...

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RealLifeReading
Perfect Mother | Aimee Molloy
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A difficult read for any parent, really. A newborn is taken while his mother is out for the night - the mothers group she‘s a part of has persuaded her to leave the child w a babysitter for the first time and take a break. The beauty of this book is in the portrayal of new motherhood - the constant worrying that you‘re not doing things right, the isolation, the fear of being judged, the loss of identity.

batsy Nice photo staging! 😉 6mo
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rather_be_reading
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Great book! Fast read. Kept my attention the whole time. At a certain point I did guess the "who did it" but it kept u guessing as soon as the first page. Def. recommend.

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everfree7
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I enjoyed this one, and I admit I didn‘t expect the twist of narrator.

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rather_be_reading
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Book 58 of 2018 #botm

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everfree7

My next read

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kaykay521
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This one was ok. A group of NY moms who dubbed themselves The May Mothers all decide to go out one night and have fun kid free. During the night one of the babies is taken from his crib. The book isn‘t bad but I didn‘t seem to click with any of the characters. It‘s a solid so so for me.

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ReadingMeagan
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It took me a few chapters to get into this book, but once I was hooked it was hard to put down. I felt angry for parts of the book, and other parts made me feel anxious (especially when I was babysitting my nephew and his monitor was in front of me while reading).

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literarilythrilling
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Loving this so far!

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Monica5
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I was not expecting that ending. Surprised me to say the least.

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Lisas.Library
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 (4 stars)
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and kept me interested from beginning to end. I like how it touches on the topic of the pressure new mothers feel to be perfect. I love how it shows the friendships that can be made for new moms. I highly recommend this book. The audiobook was great!

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KatDowney

This one was so good. I loved that the story revolves around moms of a birth month, mom group as these seem more and more popular. (I‘m actually a part of a mom group like this as well!) The story is multilayered and reveals littles gems throughout that really make this story so engrossing. I look forward to reading more stories by this author.

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MMFinck
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Def pick. Twisty.

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Smartypants
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In anticipation of the upcoming movie, I completed this book. Great read! Intriguing plot and such a realistic look at the emotions of new mothers. #booktomovie

Smartypants @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you‘re going to love it! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Smartypants yay!!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 9mo
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angel1
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Starting this because I‘m so behind on my BOTM reads😲

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