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June Book Review 2019: The Perfect Mother

Yet again I struggled to find a book from my 'to read' list at the library. This has seemed to become a constant problem for me. As I do when I can't find a book that is on my reading list, I just go to the library and read the titles and description of any books that interest me from the new section or the pop fiction section. Since the library I go to is my university library there is also a section called the Curriculum Section that has books like Eleanor & Park and the Harry Potter series. This last time I went to the library I checked both sections and still didn't find anything that peaked my interest.

Reasons For Reading This Book

A book that I have been debating reading or not for the last few months is The Perfect Mother by Aimee Molloy. I have read the book description of this book each time I go to the library every month to pick out a book. This month I finally decided to give it a read. Even though this method didn't work out for me last month, I gave it another try. I chose this book because I was in need of a better mystery and thriller after last month's book was so disappointing.

Content of The Book

The Perfect Mother follows that lives of a New York mommy group who all delivered their babies in May, hence the group name the May Mothers. The mommy group has regular meetings in a Brooklyn, New York park. On July 4th the women go out for drinks at a local bar. While celebrating a much needed night out, Midas, the son of single-mom Winnie is taken from his crib while under the watch of a highly recommend babysitter. The book follows the days after the disappearance of Midas and how this tragedy turns the May Mothers lives upside down. The search for Midas uncovers long kept secrets and tests marriages and friendships. 

What I Liked About This Book

I believe that Aimee Molloy made the right decision to organize the book chapters into each day following the disappearance of baby Midas. This organization method made the book easy to follow in regards to when discoveries in the case were made. I loved how quickly this book read. The book didn't include any 'fluffy' descriptions. Aimee's writing style had just the right amount of descriptions that made me feel all five senses, but also didn't overwhelm me with too many descriptions. Just the right amount of clues or information involving the case or the investigation came out in each chapter. Her writing provided just the perfect amount of character development, visual descriptions and plot details. I also really liked the daily 'Your Baby' advice that started out each chapter. Another feature of the novel that liked was how Molloy wrapped up the book with the epilogue and the overall ending of the book.

What I Disliked About This Book

One of two complaints that I have about this book is that sometimes the name of who the narrator of each section was was only said at the beginning and then I would forget and have to go back and remind myself. This only really happened at the beginning of the book until I became more familiar with each character. The second and last complaint that I have about this book is that the narration for each character was very similar. In comparison to other books that switch between characters, this book did not provide a variety of writing styles in which each character was easy identified. I would have preferred to have each character have more of a different voice. I should also mention that I personally did not feel as though this was as thrilling of a book as it was made out to be; not too much of a page turner for me. 

Would I Recommend This Book

With this book I feel as though it is a book that I would recommend to certain people, but not to everyone. For example I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a summer read or a vacation/airplane book. This book requires moderate concentration, that is why its not for everyone because some people want a book that makes them think and is a real page turner. In summary this is a good read, but is not award winning in my opinion. 

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