The Perfect Mother

The Perfect Mother

A Novel

Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780142196731
  • 240  Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her

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 nanother 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.
A novel of harrowing emotional suspense, The Perfect Mother probes the dark side of parenthood and the complicated bond between mothers and daughters.


Praise for The Perfect Mother:

“A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit.” —Kirkus Reviews

“This haunting page-turner will keep you up all night and be long remembered after the last page has been read.” —Mary Higgins Clark
Praise for An African Affair:

“A vivid portrait of a troubled country.” –The New York Times

“Darnton combines real-world events with a fabulous mix of suspense and intrigue…the perfect read.” —Clive Cussler

“A smart and diverting . . . international thriller that will satisfy readers looking for new talent and a brisk read.” –Booklist

“You feel the heat, taste the frustration, and smell the fear . . . A thrilling read.” –Robin Cook