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Mother May I: A Novel par Joshilyn Jackson

Mother May I: A Novel (édition 2021)

par Joshilyn Jackson (Auteur)

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Titre:Mother May I: A Novel
Auteurs:Joshilyn Jackson (Auteur)
Info:William Morrow (2021), 336 pages
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Mother May I par Joshilyn Jackson


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Having thoroughly enjoyed Never Have I Ever last year, I thought I'd give Joshilyn Jackson's newest domestic thriller Mother May I a try. When the novel opens, Bree is happily married to a lawyer, they have three kids and a nice house. Life is great, until her infant baby boy is kidnapped.

There have been many thrillers of a similar nature released in the last few years, all posing the same question for the reader, 'how far would you go to protect your family?' I received Mother May I unsolicited from the publisher, but based on the strength of my own 5 star review for Never Have I Ever, I thought there's every chance this could be one of the best of the sub-genre.

I liked our protagonist Bree, and thankfully she didn't make any stupid or groan inducing mistakes when the kidnapper, an old woman who looks like a witch, gets in touch to tell Bree how she can get her son back.

Themes of motherhood, guilt and revenge dominate this book, and I enjoyed this character insight from well into the book.

"The mind revises... As time passed, events became mutable. People justified their actions, and the more shame they felt about a memory, the more they chewed it over, fretting and defending and editing, until they could live with it." Page 227

I think that's very true, and perhaps if I was a parent myself I would have found Bree's predicament more frightening. Mother May I was an enjoyable read, but nowhere near as gripping and engaging as Never Have I Ever, which was a clear standout for me last year. Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson is recommended reading for those who enjoy domestic noir and domestic thrillers.

* Copy courtesy of Bloomsbury Australia * ( )
  Carpe_Librum | Oct 17, 2021 |
It may be a thriller but it feels next to real as it relates to a case of revenge involving rape. This is one book that you can't stop thinking about after you've read the last page.

It starts with a lovely wife, Bree, with the perfect family: her handsome husband, Trey, along with two teenage daughters, Anna Claire and Peyton, and baby Robert. Her husband comes from money and works as an attorney at an established firm. They live in an upper class neighborhood and enjoy the benefits of a good school system. No worries. Right?

When Bree is at a drama practice event, she figures her baby is safe in his carrier. She's in the same area as he is and she's just chatting away. But when she glances back to where she left him, he's missing. She panics and immediately rushes out. That's when the story takes off as she has to follow the rules of the kidnapper, Cara, a grey-haired lady that Bree describes as an old "witch." Naturally, the reader wants to jump to the last page to see if Robert survives. But no; we must keep reading each chapter as it builds with continued suspense.

This book makes one pause to think about all sorts of issues: the effects of blame, the power of wealth, how tragedy with children can change a marriage, the harm of drugs and also power of religious beliefs. The story is well written and keeps you focused. While some parts may not be very realistic, the book opens up questions of justice.

My thanks to the author, publisher and NetGalley for allowing me to read this copy. ( )
  Jacsun | Oct 5, 2021 |
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I enjoyed this book, after reading it in parts, as I misplaced it for some time and recently found it again. It was given to me in the early reviewers giveaway some time ago, and I apologize for the delay in the review, but now that I have found it and finished it I am pleased to say that I enjoyed the read and would recommend it to others who enjoy books of this genre.
  PittiesRule | Sep 30, 2021 |
So in general this is a story with a lot of dark themes, diving into everything from murder, suicide, drug abuse, addiction, sexual abuse and abduction. The story follows Bree Cabbat, a poor girl with a talent for theater, who marries into money and almost 2 decades later she finds herself still happily married to her husband Trey and mother to 3 kids, including 10 week old single son Robert. When a mysterious woman snatches Robert right out from under Bree’s nose, Bree enters every mother’s worst nightmare. Facing a deadly quid pro quo, Bree is forced into making awful choices in the hopes that her son will be returned to her. With the help of her trusted friend she wants to dig out the information about who has targeted her family and why? In a case of revenge being best served cold, secrets buried deeply are slowly brought to the surface bringing unknown consequences for the future of Bree’s tight little family. This story is definitely exciting and starts off with a bang following the abduction of baby Robert. It continues at a frantic pace and doesn’t really let up, which is good because it holds attention. It is a dark tale, full of triggers for a whole range of issues. If you enjoyed novels like the Drowning Kind, this may also appeal to you. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Jul 19, 2021 |
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I won this book in a giveaway from LibraryThing and I’m so glad I did. I’ve never read anything from this author before and this book was great. Not what I was expecting but very pleasantly surprised with this one. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to read Mother May I. I don’t think I would have picked it up had I not won it and I would have missed out on a great book.
  JessVillafane | Jul 11, 2021 |
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Author’s way of storytelling is so good, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition, you might be their next big star.
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