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.
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.
"She thought again of Emma, alone and scared in jail, and felt the already familiar ache. Being a mother is like being held hostage, she thought, with no prospect of release - even when your children are grown, probably even when they have children of their own."
"Jennifer sank down on the bed and looked helplessly at Mark. Usually, she would take comfort in his presence, gain strength from their dual purpose, from his arm around her. But now? She felt alienated, criticized, hurt, but mostly alone. Sitting next to her on the bed, he did put his arm around her shoulders, his habitual gesture in times of trouble, but he did it absentmindedly, dutifully, and she sensed the difference."
"One day she needs me, another she wants to be completely independent, another time she wants to show off how much she's learned and how sophisticated she's become, and yet another, she wants to tell me how spoiled and privileged and unworthy I am. She goes from hot to cold to hot again. Sometimes I feel like she's been invaded, like in that film, The Exorcist, but not by the devil - by Paco, and the ideas he's filled her head with."
"She leaned back again and looked out the window at the crowded streets, all the people moving about, living their lives, hurrying to meet someone or going home alone to empty apartments, happy or sad or angry or afraid. They were all coping with their own private crisis or celebrating their own triumphs. And though she didn't know them and could barely understand their language, she felt a kinship with them somehow, a sense that they were all part of the same human drama and that though the case might be different, her current unhappiness was something they could understand."