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The Perfect Mother
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The Perfect Mother
A Novel
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THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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—a 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 want 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

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER 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—a 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 want 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

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About the Author-
  • Aimee Molloy is the author of the New York Times bestseller However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph and the co-author of several non-fiction books. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters. The Perfect Mother is her first novel.

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  • Library Journal

    February 1, 2018

    Becoming a new mom can be terrifying. The not-knowing and the second-guessing. The guilt of not being perfect. How do I make the baby stop crying? How will I know if something's really wrong? Winnie Ross never thought she'd have to ask who's taken my baby, and why? But that's just the question she and other members of the May Mothers' mommy group have been trying to answer since taking a baby-break for a rare night of fun at a trendy bar. What was supposed to be a well-deserved respite from their exhaustion turns into a nightmare when Winnie's son is abducted from his crib. With few clues to lead investigators to the baby, the women are plagued with fear and suspicion. Secrets ripple beneath the surface of these friends' lives until one ignites a firestorm in their tenuous new-mother sisterhood. VERDICT For lovers of cunning narrative suspense in the vein of Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, this debut novel, which is being adapted for the screen by actress Kerry Washington, will keep readers turning the pages, sending chills to mothers everywhere. [See Prepub Alert, 11/21/17.]--K.L. Romo, Duncanville, TX

    Copyright 2018 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    February 5, 2018
    In this promising first novel from nonfiction bestseller Molloy (However Long the Night), the May Mothers, a parenting group, gather at a Brooklyn bar for an adults-only Fourth of July celebration. The outing’s organizers—Nell Mackey, Colette Yates, and Francie Givens—are intent on showing harried single mom Winnie Ross a good time, so they arrange for Nell’s nanny, Alma, to watch Winnie’s son, Midas, and delete the baby monitor app from Winnie’s phone. Drinking commences and Winnie wanders off, leaving her phone and house key with Nell, who misplaces them. Shortly thereafter, Alma calls Nell to report that Midas is missing. When the NYPD fails to find him, the media turns its attention to Winnie and the other May Mothers, prompting Nell, Colette, and Francie to launch their own increasingly reckless investigation. The mystery of Midas’s disappearance may be the skeleton on which Molloy’s plot hangs, but it’s her characters’ anxieties that give the story life and substance. Molloy doesn’t fully earn her book’s big twist, but her clever narrative structure heightens tension and creates uncertainty while spotlighting the solitary struggles of motherhood. Agent: Elisabeth Weed, Weed Literary.

  • Kirkus

    March 1, 2018
    A mommy group attempts to get to the bottom of a baby's disappearance in Molloy's debut."Bad things happen in heat like this." The May Mothers is a group of Brooklyn women whose children share May birthdates and who enjoy bonding over the trials and tribulations of new motherhood. There's gorgeous and brash Brit Nell Mackey, ghostwriter Colette Yates, sweet-natured Southerner Francie Givens, and Token, which is the nickname they've given the sole stay-at-home dad in the group, whom they assume is gay. Then there's single mom Winnie Ross, an otherworldly beauty who sets herself apart but seems devoted to her little boy, Midas. When Nell suggests a moms' night out without the babies, Winnie is reluctant to go, but Nell won't take no for an answer, even offering to provide a babysitter. They drink the night away at a local bar, and before they leave, Nell receives a phone call from the babysitter with the news that Midas is missing, taken from his crib while she slept. Against the sweltering Brooklyn summer, the ladies, horrified at the mounting sensationalism of the case, use their various skills to dig into Winnie's secretive past, hoping to bring little Midas home. The narrative rotates among the moms, offering insight into their varied lives, and readers will think they've got this one figured out, but the surprises, and revelations, come fast and often. A bonus: Emails sent to the May Mothers by a website called The Village--where they all registered--precede each chapter, doling out smug, one-size-fits-all advice on babies' milestones.Molloy, a master of clever misdirection, deftly explores the expectations, insecurities, and endless judgement that accompany motherhood in this fast-paced thriller featuring a bevy of strong, smart, and realistically flawed women who, refreshingly, have each other's backs when it counts the most. Mesmerizing.

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  • New York Times Book Review A New York Post "Must-Read"
  • People, Book of the Week One of Vanity Fair's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers of Summer
  • Entertainment Weekly A USA Today "Book You Won't Want to Miss"
  • Kerry Washington An Indie Next Pick
  • Marie Claire A Library Reads Pick
  • Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls A Kirkus Best Book of 2018
  • Washington Post, “6 Beach Reads That Will Bring You More Pleasure than Guilt” A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018
  • Kirkus Reviews (starred) "I was hooked ... and stayed up late to finish. What do you call a book like that? Oh yeah: a page turner. And it's a rare and wonderful thing."
  • Los Angeles Review of Books "An electrifying thriller—and a subtle, savvy skewering of the endless expectations of modern motherhood."
  • Liv Constantine, author of The Last Mrs. Parrish "Whip-smart.... Very much in the mold of recent best-sellers like The Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window, but it's also a sharply drawn take on the cult of modern parenting and the particular pressure women face—from within and without—to pull it all off, flawlessly."
  • Minneapolis Star Tribune "A gripping page turner that explores the pressures of modern motherhood, as well as a mother's absolute worst nightmare. I could not be prouder to be bringing this thriller to the big screen."
  • B.A. Paris, author of The Breakdown and Behind Closed Doors "A desperate, thrilling mystery that you'll think you have all figured out – until you realize you don't."
  • Kimberly McCreight, author of Reconstructing Amelia and Where They Found Her "A riveting psychological thriller that takes a sharp, insightful look at motherhood, The Perfect Mother explores the pressures, the hopes, the fears, and the secrets between a group of friends who realize how little they know one another when a crisis strikes. A fast-paced, twisty, engrossing read—I loved it!"
  • Library Journal, starred review "Utterly page-turning."
  • Publishers Weekly "Molloy, a master of clever misdirection, deftly explores the expectations, insecurities, and endless judgement that accompany motherhood in this fast-paced thriller featuring a bevy of strong, smart, and realistically flawed women who, refreshingly, have each other's backs when it counts the most. Mesmerizing."
  • Working Mother "For a charmed group of new moms, a girls' night out ends in one mother's worst nightmare. In twist after masterful twist, secrets and lies begin to unravel; The Perfect Mother is a tense and riveting page turner with an ending you won't see coming."
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