The Perfect Mother

A Novel

by Aimee Molloy

On Sale: 05/01/2018

The Perfect Mother

A Novel

by Aimee Molloy

On Sale: 05/01/2018


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About the Book


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 are looking for 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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Critical Praise

A most anticipated thriller of the season: Vanity Fair, Pop Sugar, Goodreads, The Cut | A New York Post “Must-Read” | One of Vanity Fair’s Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers of Summer | A USA Today “Book You Won’t  Want to Miss”| An Indie Next Pick | A Library Reads Pick | A Kirkus Best Book of 2018 | A New York Public Library Best Book of 2018 | A Bustle Gift Guide Pick | A Kirkus Best Thriller of 2018 | A Bookish Best Gift Pick -  

“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.” - New York Times Book Review

“An electrifying thriller—and a subtle, savvy skewering of the endless expectations of modern motherhood.” - People, Book of the Week

“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.” - Entertainment Weekly

“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.” - Kerry Washington

“A desperate, thrilling mystery that you’ll think you have all figured out – until you realize you don’t.” - Marie Claire

“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!” - Megan Miranda, author of All the Missing Girls

“A fresh addition to the psycho-thriller shelf.” - Washington Post, “6 Beach Reads That Will Bring You More Pleasure than Guilt”

“Utterly page-turning.” - Parade

“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.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred)


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062696793
  • ISBN 10: 0062696793
  • Imprint: Harper
  • On Sale: 05/01/2018
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:34.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense
  • BISAC2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • BISAC3 : FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological

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