Aimee Molloy’s The Perfect Mother has been on 2018 must read lists for good reason! Already optioned for a film starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington – The Perfect Mother is a fun novel that Big Little Lies fans will love.
An easy plot, The Perfect Mother puts a fresh spin on the genre domestic thriller. Instead of showing secrets behind closed doors of a husband and wife, the good mother centres around the relationships of four women. The story is less about the disappearance of the baby and more about the dynamics of the mother’s group that the women belong to. Molloy describes each relationship with their baby, their husbands, the ‘mommy group’, and work commitments. It was nice to read a novel about women not being victims, and actually fighting back against the tragedy. Also AMAZIING to have a story about women supporting women while not bashing men. Each relationship had a husband/partner who was supportive and helped out – which was so refreshing.
Each chapter starts with an email of advice for new mothers. We see each character struggling with that – their uncertainty and anxiety. The unsolicited advice doesn’t always align with where their baby is at. And so there is a lot of focus on motherhood perfectionism rather than individualism. The plot felt very honest and real and I think most will identify with some of the challenges the characters face. Molloy covers most of the social, personal and physical pressures. However! Not being a mother myself I still loved it, it’s a great thriller.
By the end I didn’t need to know who was behind everything – the story was just good. While I didn’t find the ‘big reveal’ shocking I still enjoyed the journey we took to get there. I’ll certainly check out more from Aimee Molloy! Actually after writing this review I realised I liked it much more than I felt after finishing the novel.
About The Perfect Mother
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 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 Fourth of July during the hottest summer in Brooklyn’s history, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted from his crib. 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. 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.
If you enjoyed The Perfect Mother try Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land next!