Genre: Mystery & Thriller
Length: 336 pages
First Published: 2021
I received a complimentary copy of this book from William Morrow Books. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Bree Cabbat wakes up one more to find a witch looking in through her window. She shakes it off as a nightmare, but then she experiences every mother’s worst nightmare: her baby boy is abducted. Instead of a ransom note, she finds a message telling her to follow the instructions to get him back, forcing her to decide how far she will go for her child.
Mother May I starts strong, with great twists and shocking moments, and then settles into an investigation story that, while more predictable, was still compelling enough to carry me through the story. A fun little thriller perfect for a quick summer read.
Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.
Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat’s single mother warned her that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Marrying into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree has all a woman could ever dream: a loving lawyer husband, two talented young teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.
Until the day Bree awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window, an old gray-haired woman all dressed in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.
Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daughters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s baby son, asleep on the seat beside her, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree only looked away for a second. A note warns no police. No deviations. And she is being watched.
The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.
To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that will destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.
Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?
About Joshilyn Jackson
Joshilyn Jackson is the author of nine novels, including Mother May I, Never Have I Ever, The Almost Sisters, The Opposite of Everyone, With My Little Eye, and Gods in Alabama. A former actor, Jackson reads the audio version of all of her novels and well as those of other authors. She serves on the board of Reforming Arts, a nonprofit dedicated to education in prison. She currently lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband and two kids. Visit the author’s website →