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.
Aimee Molloy did an amazing job of making the reader feel at the brink of discomfort. She made you feel like you constantly had to go check on your babies.
In this book, this group of women the “May Mothers”, as they like to call themselves, all have their own issues which all become more and more obvious as the story unfolds. They all meet online and start getting together at the park. The connection between them being their babies who all were born in the same month.
Then after the babies are a couple of months old, they all decide on their first night out together without the babies. After baby Midas is missing everyone is a suspect especially Midas’ mom, Winnie. Winnie is beside herself with grief about her missing baby, but everyone is blaming her, she is even arrested for it. Did Winnie really get rid of her baby? When all the secrets of this little group come out who will be to blame?
Aimee Molly does a great job leading you to believe exactly what she wants you to think is true all the while dropping little nuggets of hints to the truth that you don’t even realize fully until the end! She weaves a tale that is complex with characters and layers plot twists to keep you guessing so that you question and feel like you know but you don’t! Some things you thought you knew, you’ll want to defend even with your own doubts. While other characters will make your skin crawl.
I truly enjoyed The Perfect Mother and look forward to more from Molloy!