May 23, 2018
The Perfect Mother
"Don't they know how hard this all is? The pressure of just keeping these babies alive. The task of loving someone like this, and how easy it is to fuck this up, the way we're sure our mothers did." ~ pg. 176
Author Aimee Molloy did a great job in identifying a mother's worst nightmare. She explored the pressures of being a good mom, of making sure your baby reaches all the necessary milestones, and of keeping up appearances in social circles. Some new mothers take extra precaution while others follow the advice of parenting newsletters. What works for one mother is not necessarily the right route for another. Because of Molloy's characterization, it made it hard to decide whom I empathized with as the story unraveled.
Fourth of July was meant to be a fun night out for the May Mothers—a group of new moms whose babies were born in the same month. They get together a couple times a week to share stories, let the babies bond, and for much-needed adult time. But on this particular holiday night, they go out for drinks at a neighborhood bar in Brooklyn. It all goes terrifyingly wrong when one of the six-week-old babies is taken from the crib. Who took Baby Midas?
I was tempted to stop reading just before I reached 50 pages. Enough with the mundane details of the May Mothers Club. All characters were introduced at this point yet nothing major happened yet. Thank goodness for the Prologue offering a glimpse into fourteen weeks later. It garnered enough interest for me to continue and build to that point. The Perfect Mother is the type of psycho-thriller that slowly reaches the climax. If you can hang in there, it is worth it until the surprising ending.
"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
The Perfect Mother was picked up for a movie adaptation back in February 2017 and it was just published earlier this month. Obviously others had high hopes before it even hit the shelves. I cannot see Kerry Washington as the lead role; perhaps because it will take a while to not see her as Olivia Pope. However, I am looking forward to seeing this on the big screen and *fingers crossed* the movie will be good as the book.
Title: The Perfect Mother
Author: Aimee Molloy
Published: May 2018
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤 🖤