Welcome back bibliophiles!
Today, I'll be discussing one of the two novels included in my May Book of the Month box...
The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy
They call themselves the May Mothers- a group of new moms who gave birth the same month. Twice a week, they get together in Prospect Park, seeking refuge from the hardships that come with motherhood.
When the members agree to meet for drinks at the local bar, they're only looking forward to a night of harmless fun- anything that will give them a break from daily routine. But something goes horrifically wrong... One of the babies is abducted.
Winnie, a single mom, was reluctant to leave Midas with a sitter, but the May Mothers insisted that everything would be fine. Now, her baby is nowhere to be found and the police are beginning to ask disturbing questions.
The Perfect Mother is such a fun, quick read! The storyline, although common, is alluring because it's narrated through the perspective of multiple people. Although the jump from point of views makes the book structure appear a bit messy at first, after a short time, the quick pacing settles into a fresh, engaging read.
Aimee Molloy's writing style is also distinct. Although it's easy to follow, it lacks detail and imagery. Nonetheless, readers are still able to picture the scenes that occur throughout the story.
While there's no question whether The Perfect Mother is an enjoyable read, the characters are what make this a distinguishable novel. Despite the fact that each primary character is seen struggling with motherhood, each also brings something essential to the story. This element brings a sense of mystery and edge to the story. The audience is often left wondering which character is involved in the disappearance of Midas.
The Perfect Mother also offers interesting revelations and surprising plot twists. Even though I was surprised with the outcome, I question whether I could've enjoyed it more if Molloy spent as much developing the ending as she did the build up.
The last 30 pages, the climax and outcome, were too rushed when compared to the rest of the novel. However, the author makes sure that there is no detail left without an explanation.
Overall, this is an exciting read! If you're looking to pick up a light mystery, Molloy's recent book is a great pick!
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