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Mother May I: A Novel de Joshilyn Jackson
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Mother May I: A Novel (edició 2021)

de Joshilyn Jackson (Autor)

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Títol:Mother May I: A Novel
Autors:Joshilyn Jackson (Autor)
Informació:William Morrow (2021), 336 pages
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Mother May I de Joshilyn Jackson

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Wow! This is my second Joshilyn Jackson book and she is most definitely an auto-buy author for me now! Mother May I tells that story of the lengths that a mother will go when her baby is taken from her. I was on the edge of my seat as I flipped the pages. The tension and fear experienced by the main character was palpable! I don't want to give anything away but will say: read this book! ( )
  kathdob | May 10, 2021 |
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This may be hard to believe, but this book was even better than her last. I was on the edge of my seat the whole way. The story was suspenseful, intense, thought provoking, and cleverly plotted all with the signature JJ style. She is a truly masterful storyteller.

While I am most grateful for the advanced copy from the Librarything early reviewers program (that allowed me to finish the book in break neck speed), I have also purchased the audiobook so that my husband can experience the ride. If you've never listened to Joshilyn Jackson as a narrator, you are sorely missing out. I would listen to her read the dictionary. ( )
  cwhisenant11 | Apr 23, 2021 |
Pandemic read. Joshilyn Jackson, fresh off the press. ( )
  bookczuk | Apr 22, 2021 |
this is excellent all around. (except the ending, which is a bit too neatly tied up. i appreciate that it's not totally prettily tied up, but tied up it is.) she nails it with the tension, the character development, the pacing, the reveal, the deeper meaning behind all of it. the questions about wealth and poverty, power and privilege, and most importantly, about what it means that bad things aren't done by monsters. how long bad decisions follow us when wealth or poverty, power or lack thereof, affects that decision's trajectory. who lives with those decisions and mistakes when the privileged get off scot free.

i loved how quickly bree sees and understands that trey raped lexi, and also understands that trey has talked himself into a different version of that history. the moral nuance in the balance between that fact in his history (and what that did to lexi and her future) and the man he became, which didn't allow him to see his own history truthfully... if trey had lived, i'm not sure how bree could have reconciled it all. all she needed was for trey to acknowledge what happened, because she knew and believed him a good and better man now, and wouldn't have held it against him. especially as they would have spent their time and money to "make up for it" somehow. but trey wouldn't have admitted it, so what would she have done? maybe it's almost a cop-out to have trey die, because it's emotionally harder to have to walk though those two mutually exclusive truths.

she tells an exciting story with fleshed out, solid characters, and raises some interesting and thought provoking issues along the way. i'm impressed with her writing and her reading of the audio. i would definitely read her again.

i liked this description of falling in love: "We made the world bigger for each other."

and this one, of privilege, of a sort: "He would not look. His whole life had made it easy not to look. No one had never asked him to before."

"...I wondered how many perfectly nice men, grown up or grown old, had in their younger years, lost a night, like Trey. Drunk or high or both. In packs or alone. And something happened, once." ( )
  overlycriticalelisa | Apr 22, 2021 |
Two women raised by single parents in poverty in rural Georgia had very different life experiences. One went to a state university, married well, and has three beautiful children along with a loving husband. The other lost her scholarship over a scandal, devolved into a spiraling cycle of drugs and crime. Both women are linked from an event that took place over thirty years ago even though they may not know it until the unimaginable happens.

Sabreena "Bree" Kroger Cabbat simply wanted to watch her eldest daughter's play rehearsal. Her infant son is sleeping, so she leaves him in his car seat and watches. When she turns back around to check on her son, he's gone and her nightmare begins. A fellow parent and old hometown friend, Marshall Chase, is on hand and takes her daughters to her mother's for the weekend after claiming a bout with a stomach virus. When he sees her later that evening, he quickly realizes that there is much more going on than a "stomach virus." A baby is missing. A man is murdered and Bree, her husband, and his deceased law partner - Spencer Shaw seem to be at the center of this problem. Bree, Marshall (a private detective at the law firm where Bree's husband works), and another lawyer - Gabrielle Baxter, are working as quickly as possible to try and find the perpetrator as well as the possible motives for the kidnapping and murder. When they discover what Robert Cabbat the Third aka Trey -- Bree's husband and his partner Spence did in college it doesn't justify the actions of the kidnapper/murderer but it does seem to explain it. What would or wouldn't a mother do to try and protect her child or avenge the damage and injustice done?

Mother May I is more than a story of mothers protecting their children, it's a story of bad behavior in college and those who ultimately pay for that behavior. When something bad happens, whether it involves star athletes or the wealthy versus a scholarship or student from a poor family, whose version of the story is believed. This is not just a story of "boys will be boys" but of boys doing something that will have repercussions for years. Mother May I deals with many harsh themes including campus sexual assault, drug abuse, workplace sexual assault, kidnapping, murder, and more. Everyone has a story to be revealed but which version is accurate? No, I won't tell you! This is something you'll need to discover for yourself by reading this book. I will say that Ms. Jackson has crafted a nuanced story that kept me wondering where it would lead until the final page. I enjoyed all of the characters, even the bad guys, and even felt some empathy for the reasons why the kidnapper/murdered felt compelled to do what was done (trust me, that makes a lot more sense when you read the story). If you enjoy reading taut mystery thrillers with believable characters, then you'll definitely want to grab a copy of Mother May I. This is one I'm putting on my to be re-read list.

Happy Reading, y'all!

I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review originally posted on 04/22/2021 at ( )
  BookDivasReads | Apr 21, 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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