#book #review The Perfect Mother by Carline Mitchell

She thought they wanted her baby. But they won’t stop there.

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…


The other day Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp went down for quite a long time, so I decided that due to the forced stopping of my incessant scrolling of FB and read a book that has been on my TBR for a while now.

The Perfect Mother sees Irish girl Roz in a bit of a situation, she had a one night stand and this resulted in her getting pregnant. She rooms with her best friend Dympna (would love to hear the pronunciation of this) who says she will be there with Roz every step of the way, but seeing how she has no prospects, estranged from her mother and no money – she wants to to be the perfect mother to her child but she knows in her current situation that wouldn’t be possible. Roz joins an elite adoption agency called Miracle Moms that basically is and adoption/surrogacy site, they also have ‘Diamond’ clients meaning they are crazy rich. She gets chatting to a couple who wished to remain anonymous until they decided if they were a right fit and Roz bites the bullet and decided to fly to New York and meet them, who turned out to be celebrity couple Sheridan Sinclair and Daniel Watson.

Sheridan and Daniel are a power coupler, though Sheridan’s career is dwindling whilst Daniels is taking off, and already having a son, Leo, they decided to ‘adopt’ a second child. Once Roz arrives you can tell instantly that this whole set up is all kinds of wrong, and I couldn’t believe how naïve she was as accepting things! She was told to give up her phone, and Sheridan’s reasoning was since she had no one at home (since Roz has lied and made out she was all alone) therefore she didn’t need it, on and she was staying in the fully furnished basement – that only had lift access that Roz couldn’t activate!

All these red flags going on, you could see where this was heading but yet Roz just had her rose tinted glasses on until pretty much the end.

Overall this was a pretty intense book that killed a few hours – and the father’s identity I wasn’t expecting!!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Fee is a 35 year old mother of three, who has been on the blogging scene since 1996. Over the years she has tried to change her style but finds the personal diary effect to be her niche - there are not many of those around in the blogging world nowadays.

2 thoughts on “#book #review The Perfect Mother by Carline Mitchell

  • October 11, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Ohh! You have me wondering who the babies father is now. It sounds like a really gripping book. x

  • October 12, 2021 at 10:02 am

    Ohh this sounds like a really interesting thriller!

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