Review: The Perfect Mother, Nina Darnton

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book on Netgalley from the publisher in return for an honest review*
The Perfect Mother, Nina Darnton
A midnight phone call shatters Jennifer Lewis’s carefully orchestrated life. Her daughter, Emma, who’s studying abroad in Spain, has been arrested after the brutal murder of another student. Jennifer rushes to her side, certain the arrest is a terrible mistake and determined to do whatever is necessary to bring Emma home. But as she begins to investigate the crime, she starts to wonder whether she ever really knew her daughter. The police charge Emma, and the press leaps on the story, exaggerating every sordid detail. One by one, Emma’s defense team, her father, and finally even Jennifer begin to have doubts.

Nina Darnton lived in Africa for five years, two of them in Lagos. She has been a frequent contributor to The New York Times and NPR and a staff writer for Newsweek. She lives with her husband, the novelist John Darnton, in New York.

I felt like slapping most of the characters in this book. Jennifer really annoyed me with her 'but I was such a perfect mother where did this go wrong' attitude. Emma could show a bit more appreciation and Mark easily hides behind the excuse that someone has to make some money to pay the bills. I was actually so angry that most of the story fell flat for me. The development in the story was predictable but the writing was good making it interesting enough to finish this book. And I guess wanting to slap characters means I did get emotionally involved though maybe not in the way the author hoped.

The Perfect Mother
Author: Nina Darnton
Publisher: Plume
Pages: 240
Format: eArc
ISBN-10: 0142196738
ISBN-13: 9780142196731
Plume: eBook | Paperback
The Perfect Mother
3 stars

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Jennine G.
29 November, 2014 delete

I love your blunt honesty about wanting to slap the characters! LOL!