The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy Artist: Aimee Molloy
Artist: Aimee Molloy
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
We all want different things. Francie wants to be the perfect mother. Nell wants to escape the past. Collette wants to spend more time with her family. All Winnie wants is to have her baby back. When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when single mother Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped. As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing and bring baby Midas home. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit. Because people will do almost anything to protect the ones they love . . .
Item No: 9780751570335
4.0 / 5.0
Not too bad
3.5 stars rounded up. The crime portion of the novel was somewhat predictable, but there were enough surprising turns, and red herrings, to satisfy me. I would estimate that close to 50% of the novel was contemporary fiction – showing the characters adjusting to new motherhood. This didn’t bother me as those parts were interesting enough, and gave the characters a real feel by showing them in everyday life situations. Also, even those parts did relate to the crime plot – as the mother’s dealt with a wide range of emotions – fear, guilt, relief, doubt – because a baby they knew had disappeared without a trace. Even though the plot involved a missing child, I found it a tamer read than I’m used to in the crime/mystery/suspense genre. There was little violence, no graphic content, and hardly any profanity, so I can see it appealing to a wider range of audience. I read that it’s already being made into a movie, and I think it’s a good choice, and if it’s done right will be a crowd-pleaser. The first three chapters were a bit weird and all over the place, and even though they quickly made sense a few chapters on, to me it seemed like an underwhelming way to begin a novel. For those who prefer lighter, bordering on cosy, crime then this is the book for you.
July 12, 2018