Finden Sie Ihren nächsten hörbuch Favoriten

Werden Sie noch heute Mitglied und hören Sie 30 Tage lang kostenlos
The Perfect Mother: A Novel

The Perfect Mother: A Novel

Geschrieben von Aimee Molloy

Erzählt von Cristin Milioti


The Perfect Mother: A Novel

Geschrieben von Aimee Molloy

Erzählt von Cristin Milioti

Bewertungen:
4/5 (277 Bewertungen)
Länge:
9 Stunden
Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 1, 2018
ISBN:
9780062847980
Format:
Hörbuch

Auch als verfügbar...

Auch als buch verfügbarBuch

Auch als verfügbar...

Auch als buch verfügbarBuch

Anmerkung des Herausgebers

Cutting commentary…

A group of new mothers decides to let loose for a night that ends in tragedy when one of their newborns goes missing. A cutting commentary on the sensationalist media hype cycle and the expectations of motherhood.

Beschreibung

A night out—a few hours of fun. What could possibly go wrong?

Some people are so good at making perfect look easy.

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 taken 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 is 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 after Midas goes missing, damaging secrets are exposed, marriages are tested, and friendships are formed and fractured.

Unfolding over the course of thirteen fraught days and culminating in an exquisite and unexpected twist, The Perfect Mother is the perfect book for our times—a nuanced and addictively readable story that exposes the truth of modern mothers' lives as it explores the power of an ideal that is based on a lie.

Herausgeber:
Freigegeben:
May 1, 2018
ISBN:
9780062847980
Format:
Hörbuch

Auch als verfügbar...

Auch als buch verfügbarBuch


Über den Autor

Aimee Molloy’s debut novel, The Perfect Mother, was a New York Times bestseller, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. She lives in Western Massachusetts with her family.


Ähnlich wie The Perfect Mother

Ähnliche Hörbücher

Rezensionen

Was die anderen über The Perfect Mother denken

4.0
277 Bewertungen / 39 Rezensionen
Wie hat es Ihnen gefallen?
Bewertung: 0 von 5 Sternen

Leser-Rezensionen

  • (4/5)
    Do not read if pregnant or a new mother. This is an exciting book with twists and turns.
  • (4/5)
    What a great idea, a club for a local group of mothers whose babies are all born in the same month. Everyone joins and they get together, with their babies in tow, at a park every two weeks to discuss progress of the babies, baby products, and all things concerning their babies.They're all strangers and don't delve too deeply into each other's private lives, as that's not the purpose of the club. They even have one member whose actual name most of them don't know. They call him Token. They assume he's gay as he's a stay at home father.They decide, as a group, that they could all use a night out , away from the babies. They even find a babysitter for the only single mom, Winnie.Unfortunately, Winnie's baby disappears from his crib while the ladies are at a bar.Truths start coming to the forefront, new facts are learned, suspicions form, and still the baby remains missing. Police and detectives have questions and suspicions of their own.The searching for the truth is the best part of this book, and, no, I didn't see it coming.Well written psychological thriller, will be enjoyed by all who like the genre.
  • (2/5)
    Yet another book compared to Gone Girl, Girl on the Train, yada yada. The suspense just wasn’t there for me. A newborn is kidnapped, but I never felt the worry you should, and didn’t really wonder what happened to the kid or how. I think that could have been much better developed. The twist was actually really good - it didn’t punch me in the gut since I wasn’t too invested in the story, but it never crossed my mind so I give it points for that.
  • (4/5)
    I wanted to read this book based on the wonderful reviews I read on several blogs and goodreads. I later found out is has already been picked up to be made into a movie. Well, I can say that I was not disappointed.

    A group of new mothers who originally met online, decide to meet in person at the local park. They are friends during the pregnancy and continue on after their babies are born. There are about six women and one "token" male, a stay at home dad. When one of the women suggests they have a night out, a drink and some adult only company, they decide to go for it. Winnie, a single mother, accepts the recommendation of another mom in the group, and hires her nanny to watch her son, Midas. The evening progresses normally, until they get a frantic call from Alma, the nanny. Midas is missing. The rest of the story is made up of the police investigation or non-investigation if you believe the other mother's complaints. The media gets a hold of this story and it becomes a sensationalized situation. The women's pasts are put on trial as well as how new mothers could be out drinking and partying when their babies are home or with babysitters. They do not care if they ruin the lives and reputations of these women. There are some concerns about post-partum depression, child development and whether or not Winnie had her own child kidnapped or worse, killed.

    The narration of the story is broken with each character having different chapters. Sometimes I was not sure who was narrating until partway through the chapter. “Today’s Advice” began each chapter which was a piece of advice or information about the stages of emotional, social, or physical development. One of them was about taking advice with a grain of salt, which I thought was kind of funny. All the advice seemed helpful but it can also make a new mother crazy at times, wondering if their baby is developing at the right pace. Each of the characters wants to be “ The Perfect Mother”.

    The story was gripping. It had me flipping through the pages quickly. There were twists that surprised me, some I had expected. Overall I this was a very satisfying domestic suspense novel with excellent characters and a great storyline. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys suspense novels.
  • (3/5)
    I read this for my book discussion group I lead. The plot got stretched pretty thin at times and at least one character got really annoying but overall it did keep me turning the pages trying to guess what happened. I guessed wrong. Should make for a fun discussion!
  • (3/5)
    I won this in a Goodreads Giveaway. Barely 3 stars. Not boring, but not interesting either.
  • (2/5)
    I devoured this in a day, and I did like it... until the end. I did not like the ending, some hanging story lines, and not enough character development.
  • (5/5)
    You know you are building to something! The story builds somewhat slowly but speeds right up at the end!! It's quite a puzzle of characters that all fit together in a good story.
  • (3/5)
    Thank you Book Riot and Harper Audio for the opportunity to review The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy.
    Firstly, this book has major trigger warnings if the premise does not make that clear enough. It was SAD. I may struggle with it more on a personal level as the characters really resonated with me and certain topics hit near home. I have a "moms group" that contains some of my nearest and dearest of friends. We can't meet up in person the way the May Mothers did, but the relationships are still there and have been built on years of commiseration and camaraderie. We've been through some of the highest highs and lowest lows together, even separate from the challenges of parenting. This story is about those relationships and the age old question of, "How well can you really know another person?". I give this book credit for having a perpetrator who genuinely surprised me in a specific sense, even if not a general one. The catalyst that caused the perpetrator to kidnap the baby in question haunts me. It would haunt any parent. This was a solid, emotional read that kept me entertained throughout. I also appreciated how well this book nailed down some of the experience with birth clubs and the types of people and judgement you run into as a parent. "Token" was a personal favorite, as you can see a dad or two in these "mom" groups looking for support as well. The author must have done her research in that respect.
  • (5/5)
    My Takeaway“I’ve been blamed for what happened that Fourth of July night. But not a day goes by that I don’t remind myself of the truth. It’s not my fault. It’s theirs.”Aimee Molloy, The Perfect MotherThe Perfect Mother was flawless and full of sensationalism! Molloy’s thrilling plot held my attention through the entire book. Don’t you love when that happens? I also loved the pace of the novel, not too slow, but just the right tempo. The May Mothers will stay with you long after you have finished reading. As a parent, one of my biggest worries and fear was the idea one of my own children could be abducted or kidnapped. I cannot conceive how excruciating and frightful it must be. Now on top of losing a child, add the chaotic world of the media (chasing and digging) and you have an even crazier situation. Well, that is exactly what takes place in The Perfect Mother. Molloy’s debut novel has been receiving lots of praising and I now join the party. I just hope the woman is busy writing her next novel! If you love suspense with drama, this is a great book to add to your summer reading list. Oh and a movie is already in the works!
  • (2/5)
    Wow, I can't believe all the good reviews this book got. The story centers on a group of new mothers, and the baby of one of them who is kidnapped (presumably). It was confusing, I didn't like any of the characters, the husbands were all kind of interchangeable, and at the end a surprise resolution to the mystery was clunky and unbelievable. Boring and stupid - would not recommend.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this crazy ride through New York with this very entertaining mother’s group. I may even have to re- read it one day to see if I can pick up on the clues throughout. I am enjoying this type of genre more and more these days.
  • (3/5)
    A group of first-time mothers get together and meet under a tree in the park. Members come in and out, leaving a core who share information. When some members decide to take a break from parenting and meet at a bar for a few drinks, one of the mother's returns home to an empty crib. Her baby boy was kidnapped.From there on, the plot twists and turns and becomes way too convoluted. It was difficult to keep track of each member, their story and the fact that one of them may have been responsible.It was a good plot. But, I give the book only three stars. It really was way too unnecessarily hard to keep track.Three stars
  • (4/5)
    THE PERFECT MOTHER is a surprise. And then it's a surprise again, and then it's a surprise again, and then it's a surprise again, etc. The first surprise for you may be, as it was for me, that this is more than just a book about young mothers and the trials of motherhood. THE PERFECT MOTHER contains so many twists and turns that it really is a pleasure to read.The epigraph Aimee Molloy puts at the beginning of the book refers to three blind mice, a hint of what is to come. Three young mothers (Collette, Nell, and Francie) with newborn babies are members of a "mommy group," a support group for, yes, mothers of newborn babies. They become determined to help another member of the group (Winnie) when her baby boy is kidnapped.This is not only a plot-driven novel, though. Molloy also goes into the thoughts, difficulties, backgrounds, and secrets of each of the "three blind mice." In other words, THE PERFECT MOTHER is a character-driven novel as well. It also involves the hidden characters of a couple other people (more surprises), although the character at the end could have used more development.
  • (3/5)
    The storyline was good but there were too many characters to keep track of. I wanted to know what had happened to the baby but had to shift through more thoughts, feelings and life stories before we got to that. I found the entire book to be very disjointed and the climatic ending was just unbelievable.
  • (3/5)
    Don’t be overwhelmed by the substantial amount of characters in this book. Some are just stand by, you’ll want to focus on: Francie, Colette, Nell, and Winnie. (Maybe Token on the side but he’s more a supportive role) it may seem haphazard and all over the place which is why it’s best to just focus on these four moms. The chapters switch from different points of view and there’s that one lone chapter that’s presented in first person. It’s a mystery as to who that is until much later, but it certainly does keep you guessing on who that person could be. It may seem obvious at first and during the reading you feel so sure you know who that is and what’s behind the entire story but the blind side moment comes fast in the last few chapters and you’re left with a shock.The plot slowly builds to a good mystery and suspense. The thrilling bits get you at the end. It’s a satisfying read, the characters grate on you (Francie and Nell are the ones I disliked the most), but it’s the suspense and the ‘keeping you guessing’ bits that get the reading going. So although it may seem like it’s all over the place, give the book a chance and read. It’s well worth it with the superb ending.
  • (4/5)
    I finally picked this one up that I won a few months ago as an ARC. I was in the mood for a good thriller/mystery. I was enthralled by this story! It grabbed my attention right away and I couldn't put the book down. I really enjoyed that each chapter was a day and alternated povs. I would say I was a little underwhelmed by the ending. I actually started to feel a little confused with the back and forth the closer it got to the ending. I didn't feel like there was enough explained in the book to be able to get to the ending that occurred. A little disappointed in the ending but I did enjoy the writing and the story.
  • (3/5)
    The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy is this summer’s latest raved about psychological thriller. The book centers around a group of women that are part of the “May Mothers.” These women all had babies that were born in the month of May and they get together weekly to discuss the hardships of motherhood. The group decides to have a girl’s night out and when they do one of mother’s babies goes missing. The book alternates between the different women’s point of views. It explores what it means to be a good mother and also touches on postpartum depression.It is a very quick read and you will find yourself suspecting each of the women of foul play at some point. After several plots twists, the truth is revealed. The building suspense kept me turning the pages, but this wasn’t my favorite from this genre.
  • (3/5)
    So apparently motherhood is hard? What a shock.Molloy has written a mystery (kind of) about a baby gone missing but her real interest seems to be in exploring all the ways in which women - especially mothers and especially new mothers - are hard on themselves and on each other. She should have chosen a better vehicle to write that book because the mystery here was clumsy and ridiculously reliant on convenience and coincidence. The writing was pretty weak, as well, which made it easy to put down at the least distraction; hence, it took me a while to get through it which is the only reason I think I fell for the conceit of it (no spoilers here) - I know Molloy is not a good enough writer to have done it so deftly. I just didn't care enough to pay attention...
  • (4/5)
    Books seem to be published according to trends. The one I've noticed lately are about groups of women, who have children or are expecting a child. I've read many of these in recent months with varying degrees of success. This is one of the better ones in that grouping. For one reason the writing style is suspenseful but not overly dramatic, soap opera style, and for another I found these women realistically portrayed the many aspects, trials if you will of being a new mother. They begin meeting when they are still expecting, a group of mothers all whom will be giving birth in May. The babies are then called May babies, and we get to hear some of their birth stories and the struggles they have trying to balance the mxny different facets of life while trending to s newborn. One of the women suggest a night off sand babies, a night for themselves, an opportunity to destress. Whilevout one of the women's baby is kidnapped.What this book does so well is showing how the press distorts reality, doing anything to get and keep a story in the publcss eye. It also shows how just being part of a tragedy makes one fair game. All these women are shown in the press in the worst possibly light. The high standards mothers are held too, as if they stop being people in and of themselves. All these woman have secrets from the past that will now be exposed. It also shows how strong a bond female friendships can be, how they try to help each other. So for me this was different because it carried a strong message while being well written and entertaining. Never guessed the ending so that is another plus. I did come to care about these flawed women and everything they went through. Apparently this book is being made into a movie, as it seems so many books are, especially lately. ARC from Edelweiss.
  • (3/5)
    Not a bad summer read! The ending was a bit of a twist!
  • (4/5)
    Started off kind of weird with the bouncing from 1st person to 3rd person, but once it got going, it was a wild ride with a very unexpected turn.
  • (5/5)
    Aimee Molloy's new book, The Perfect Mother, has just released - and it's one you're going to want to pick up if you love suspense.I think the publisher's description is quite apt...."With the masterful pacing of Before the Fall, the charged domestic drama of Big Little Lies, and the audacious structure of The Girl on the Train comes a thrilling novel centered around a group of women whose lives become indelibly connected when one of their newborns goes missing." Uh huh, one of the worst things you can imagine happening....Molloy hooks the reader from the first chapter with some absolutely delicious foreshadowing that had me eager to keep turning pages. "I've been blamed for what happened that Fourth of July night. But not a day goes by that I don't remind myself of the truth. It's not my fault, It's theirs." And turn pages I did - every spare minute I could find. The Perfect Mother is just so...so...well, so readable!The group of mothers is made of a wide variety of personalities - each with their own secrets. The Perfect Mother is told from many points of view, giving us a behind the scenes look at what is going on in each woman's world behind closed doors, while they try to present the perfect mother personal in public. Molloy's portrayal of new mothers is so very well done - the fears, the angst, the exhaustion, mommy groups and more.Molloy's depiction of the media coverage is also spot on and underscores how trial by social media seems to be the new norm these days. The talk show host is particularly despicable.But the standout is the way Molloy manipulates the reader. I truly did not see the twist at the end coming at all. I really appreciate not being able to guess the final outcome of a book. Well done!Absolutely recommended - add this one to your beach bag! Film rights are already sold with Kerry Washington to star.
  • (4/5)
    A special thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.A mommy group dubbed as the May Mothers meet at a park twice a week to discuss being new mothers, swap stories, alleviate their anxieties, and offer advice and support.It is one of the hottest summers on record. As a break from the heat, and the babies, the members decide a night out is in order at the local hip bar. Winnie, a single mother, had never left her six-week-old infant, Midas. One of the May Mothers offers up her babysitter so that Winnie can join them, insisting everything would be fine. On this stifling Fourth of July, something goes terrifyingly wrong: one of the babies is abducted right from his home. Midas is missing and the police are asking disturbing questions that are putting Winnie's private life on display and the media can't get enough.None of the other members are particularly close to the guarded Winnie, yet three of them will go to great lengths to help find her baby. Secrets are exposes, relationships are tested, and the mothers are scrutinized. All I can say is, what a surprise! Apparently this book will be adapted for the big screen and will star Kerry Washington (um...yes, please). Molloy's novel is also eagerly anticipated as one of this coming summer's must reads and I would definitely recommend it as well.
  • (5/5)
    It was a roller coaster of a book. I got a little lost with characters and when I was going to give up on the book a twist brought me back and I was booked!
  • (4/5)
    I loved this story and this audiobook. The narrator did an incredible job, especially with the different accents for the characters. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and thoroughly engrossed the entire time. I had to know what happened to baby Mitus. I highly recommend to anyone who's a fan of Liana Moriarty (similar to Big Little Lies and The Husbands Secret).
  • (2/5)
    Narration wasn’t my favorite. The book was kinda boring
  • (5/5)
    This was a great read! So unexpected and not my typical style. Loved it!
  • (4/5)
    I wasn’t sure about this initially but this is such a good thriller.
  • (4/5)
    You don't need to be a mother to enjoy this