“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.”
The May Mothers. A group of new mothers who come together twice a week at a park to talk about their lives and children suddenly have their lives changed after a night out to unwind. As the night comes to a close, a child goes missing and so the search begins.
A story told in the span of thirteen days, The Perfect Mother was a book that I found myself not able to put down. That prologue reels you in with its vagueness and doesn’t let you go till the end.
Told through various points of view, you never know who to trust. These characters are written in a way that make them sound as unreliable as you can get and it is truly what makes the book work. It helps set the tone of the story and creates an environment in the book of unease because you just don’t know who’s to trust.
Although I don’t have any children, being the eldest of 4 I’ve seen what my mom has gone through with my younger siblings. And while I still am nowhere near to experiencing it myself, I did appreciate that the book depicts what I believe to be an accurate image of what being a mother is like and the challenges that accompany such a title. As well as the pressures that are put forth by society onto these women.
I love that this book also explores this stereotype of what a perfect mother should be like. Throughout the series of events of the story we see these women be criticized for the way that they’re choosing to raise their children. We see them be criticized for wanting to go out and unwind, as if having children suddenly stops you from doing so. We see them be criticized for everything that doesn’t fit the perfect mother module and meanwhile the men who are also parents to these children remain unscathed. Something that is very prominent in today’s society and was refreshing to see depicted in a very genuine way.
I would recommend this read for anyone out there who enjoys mystery. I spent the whole book thinking I knew how it was going to end and then once it got to the end was completely blown away. I didn’t see the ending coming at all! I’ve never reached the end of a book and felt like it was such good payoff since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the direction the book went in and I can’t wait to go back and reread this at one point and see if I can catch any clues.
I gave this a 4.5 out of 5 stars in the end! Only because there were some parts where I felt it was dragging a bit, but other than that this was such a good read and am really glad I chose it as my book of the month! 😀