Book Review: The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy


My Rating: 4 Stars

Title: The Perfect Mother

Author: Aimee Molloy

Pub Date: May 1st, 2018

Publisher: Harper

Pages: 317

For People Who Like: Domestic Thrillers, Popcorn Reading, Multiple Viewpoints

Bri’s Thoughts

I listened to this as an audiobook on a long drive to visit family in Missouri and I would definitely recommend listening to it. I’m sure reading it in physical form would be just as interesting as well, but the person narrating the audiobook did such a great job. This book follows many different perspectives of the May Mothers and each mother has a significantly different accent that the narrator did really well.

I would describe this book as popcorn reading because it was so addictive and fun to listen to. I honestly didn’t want to stop listening because it felt like I was watching a really good movie or tv show.

Learning about each of the May mothers lives more and more as the story went on was very interesting. I felt like the characters were each quite unique and developed/grew with their new experiences.

Unfortunately for me, I was a little disappointed with the ending (part of the reason I didn’t give it 5 stars), but that does not mean it wasn’t dramatic and exciting.

I would highly recommend this to someone looking for an addictive, domestic thriller to read before summer is over!


An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

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 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 her find her son. And as the police bungle the investigation and the media begin to scrutinize the mothers in the days that follow, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.