Mystery, Thriller

The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

The Perfect MotherThe Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Whyyyyy?????

Listen. I wanted to love this book so much! I couldn’t wait to read it. I’ve seen postings for it everywhere on Facebook and Goodreads and various blogs. I was so darn excited I had selected it as my Book of the Month pick and I was patting myself on the back for having had the amazing foresight to select the one book that is blowing up social media with raving reviews.

So I started reading it. And for about 270 pages I was so engrossed I found myself walking and reading, not wanting to put the book down for a second. It was fantastic! Aimee Molloy’s writing was impeccable. What a great concept. A bunch of first time mothers who have formed a “mommy group,” getting together to provide support to one another. They plan a “girl’s night out” to relieve themselves from the pressures of motherhood for one night and blow off some steam. But little do they know, while they are out letting loose, one of their babies will disappear into the night! Where is Baby Midas? Did somebody take him? Did the babysitter do something sinister? Or heaven forbid, the mother?

The entire book gave me a total “Casey Anthony” vibe. The way the search for the missing child was sensationalized by the media. The way the mothers were chastised for partying while their babies were left at home, supposed victims of neglect (or so the day time talk show hosts would have you believe). It was a really interesting take on motherhood and it’s challenges.

Now here’s the sad part. The ending. Let’s talk about the ending (I’ll try to avoid spoilers here). Have you ever read a book, gotten to the end, and thought “wow there’s no way in Hell I would have guessed the ending to that book?” Not because it was “too clever” or was tricky enough to fool you, but because it had a plot twist that really didn’t have any significant relation to the rest of the story and nobody could have ever guessed the ending no matter how hard they tried? A plot twist for the sake of being a plot twist. That is how I felt at the end of this book. It was such a let down.

But here’s the gig. Like I said, I have seen raving reviews for this book all over social media. So maybe I’m the crazy one. Although I thought the last 30 – 40 pages were underwhelming, I still would highly recommend you read it and form your own opinion. Who knows? You may love it like all the rest! If I was giving the first couple hundred pages a rating, it would be 5 stars. But unfortunately, as a complete package, I have to give it 3.5 stars overall.

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