Packed with much suspense, psychological thrill, and unreliable characters, Aimee Molloy has definitely drawn the best novel that is worth appraisal. Unfolding unexpected darker suspense that the characters have been burying inside their hearts makes the reading more and more fascinating. Coming to the topic, the story is about the group of women whose lives become unexpectedly torn up and devastated because of one turning point in their lives.
This group of women call themselves as ‘May Mothers’ as all of them are giving birth to their newborn in the month of May. Connected through the website ‘The Village’, it set a platform where they could talk about the parenting stuffs. And this is where the novel begins. Although the month when they become parents is the same, everything else in their lives is complex and distinct from each other. The story of The Perfect Mother focuses on examining the 4 different mothers whose lives gets rocked by the tragedy as one of their member’s newborn gets kidnapped. Imagining the part with own life will definitely be a deadly nightmare to all the parents.
It’s when the May Mothers decided to meet at the local bar on the Fourth of July just to skip the stress of over exhausting motherhood and have some evening fun, something terrible and unexpected event occurs. Winnie, a single mom, was unwilling to leave her child Midas behind. So Rachel (neighbor of Winnie and also the member of May Mothers), recommends Neel to help Winnie by providing a babysitter. Although Winnie was not willing to leave her baby behind with the babysitter just to join the event on 4th July, she was convinced by other members of May Mothers. Unfortunately, her baby was kidnapped as the babysitter felt as sleep.
Connected with the case, the lives of the lead characters are unraveled with the investigation. Firstly, Winnie, then Nell, then Colette, and at last Francie’s, identity and dark secrets are revealed. The three of the friends Nell, Colette, and Francie gets involves in investigation and determines to help their friend. But with their self-investigation, they turn out to be the most suspected characters by the cops. Another twist can be seen in the story when a body of Winnie’s groundkeeper is found on the property of Winnie’s country home and Midas’ baby blanket is found in Winnie’s car. With such evidence, Winnie is arrested by the cops. In-order to prove Winnie innocent, Token and the other 3 mothers decides to put a final effort in finding Midas and make a call to Rachel to notify her too but she doesn’t respond.
Unfolding the page, it was shocking to find the culprit and the reason behind the kidnapping. The Perfect Mother depicts the true bonding of friends, some making it and some breaking it. The book drives you to see through different perspectives of each character which is fantabulous and unique in every aspect.
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