Author: Joshilyn Jackson

Narrator: Joshilyn Jackson

Publication Date: April 6, 2021

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Book Description

The New York Times bestselling author of the critically acclaimed Never Have I Ever builds on her success with this addictive novel of domestic suspense in which a mother must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her child and the life she loves—a chilling and thoughtful tale of power, privilege, lies, revenge, and the choices we make, ones that transform our lives in unforeseen ways.

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?

Book Review

Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson is a crazy, suspenseful thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the last page.

Bree’s infant son was taken from next to her when Bree looked away for a few minutes. In Robert’s place is a note saying Bree needs to follow all the instructions she will be given and not contact the police. Bree is provided a burner phone to talk to the woman that stole her baby. Bree learns the mysterious woman is a mother trying to get revenge for her daughter. Bree still has no idea who this woman is. What lengths will this woman make Bree go for revenge? What will Bree do to get her son back? Why is Bree involved?

Mother May I grabbed my attention from the beginning. This is a great thriller that I highly recommend. Bree would do anything for her family especially after an unknown woman took her son. Bree ends up doing things she would never usually do. Bree is given directions that will cause her to lose her son or someone else. Bree is struggling with what to tell her husband. Bree turns to Marshall, an old friend, for help. Marshall is a genuinely good person. He is an ex-cop so has useful skills to help Bree. I loved the story and could not put this book down.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Joshilyn Jackson and loved it. I love when the author narrates the book because the reader really gets to experience the author’s emotions.

Thank you William Morrow, Harper Collins, Harper Audio, NetGalley and Edelweiss for Mother May I.

About the Author

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine other novels, including gods in Alabama and Never Have I Ever. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. A former actor, Jackson is also an award-winning audiobook narrator. She lives in Decatur, Georgia, with her husband and their two children.

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