Roz is young, penniless and pregnant. All she wants is to be the perfect mother to her child, but the more she thinks about her own chaotic upbringing, the more certain she is that the best life for her baby is as far away as possible from her hometown in Ireland.
Determined to do the right thing, Roz joins an elite adoption service and can’t believe her luck. Within days she is jetting to New York to meet a celebrity power couple desperate for a child of their own. Sheridan and Daniel are wealthy and glamorous—everything Roz isn’t. Her baby will never go hungry, and will have every opportunity for the perfect life. But soon after Roz moves into their plush basement suite, she starts to suspect that something darker lurks beneath the glossy surface of their home.
When Roz discovers she isn’t the first person to move in with the couple, and that the previous woman has never been seen since, alarm bells start ringing. As the clock ticks down to her due date, Roz realises her unborn baby may be the only thing keeping her alive, and that despite her best intentions, she has walked them both into the perfect nightmare…
My thoughts on The Perfect Mother by Caroline Mitchell…
I have to say that I thought I would like The Perfect Mother when I first picked it up. It’s my type of book and Caroline Mitchell is my type of author. I am not sure, however, that I expected to like it as much as I did, mainly because I read a lot of this style of book and they can sometimes start to feel like much of a muchness.
What saves The Perfect Mother from this fate is Caroline Mitchell’s writing, which is full of suspense, and Sheridan, who is just the right side of crazy to make a perfect villain. I didn’t want to like her but, in a strange way, I did. She is so unhinged and so scary that it heightened everything else in the book for me, turning it into a real page-turner.
The plot itself was well thought out and had plenty of twists and turns to keep me interested. I like how you aren’t quite sure who Roz can trust (which I imagine could be very true of people who work for the rich and famous) and there were a few surprises at the end I didn’t see coming.
All in all, then, a jolly good read and a book I’d highly recommend.
Note: I received this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings and opinions are my own.