REVIEW: MOTHER MAY I, BY JOSHILYN JACKSON

Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

 

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected that fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of.

Until the day she awakens and sees someone peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all 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 infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

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.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?

 
 
 
 
 
 
curl up and read thoughts

 

From the first pages of Mother May I, we are drawn into a suspenseful tale of unfolding events that could ruin her family forever. What had Bree’s husband done, all those years ago, to incite this woman who has been following her and has targeted her? The witch-like appearance is the least frightening thing about her, as Bree soon learns.

How can she satisfy the demands of this woman before it is too late for her child?

The pages flew as I kept reading, hoping for a happy ending. But was that even possible?

Motherhood, marriage, and the secrets from the past kept me guessing and hoping for a good resolution.

But just when I thought the end was near, more twists kept coming, and I was biting my nails until I felt safe again. A 5 star read.

 
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