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This book had me hooked Jennifer is the mother to three children "The Eldest Of Which "eldest of which Emma who at twenty is studying in Spain One night Jennifer takes a phone call that changes her life Emma is at the Police station suspect in the murder of a local boy I love books that let me play the What would I do game and this is definitely one of those readsThis book is as much about Jennifer and her relationships than the murder of Rodrigo Perez which almost becomes the backdrop to the drama being played out in Jennifer s life as she is faced with the reality that her daughter which is different to that of the pretty intelligent honour roll
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spends her days for monthsThis book has obviously been based on the killing of Meredith Kercher an Englishher days for monthsThis book has obviously been based on the killing of Meredith Kercher an English studying in Italy whose roommate American Amanda Knox was suspected of being involved in her murder That case hit the international news and to this day hasn t properly been resolved However although the headlines to that case have been used by Nina Darnton this is book does not seek to directly copy that murder but rather used it a starting point What is similar is the reporting by the media in the country of the murder using the fact that Emma was an American and allegedly brash and promiscuous in their news while back in America Jennifer enlists the help of a friend to brief a PR company to emphasise that Emma was the perfect daughter and her supposed involvement is all a horrible mistake The other similarity is the way both Italy and Spain come up with a narrative that includes motive to build their prosecution case and it is up to the defence to disprove this All of this makes for a fascinating readThere are some good supporting characters to this story including Emma s father Mark who is a US Attorney along with the local defence lawyer Jose and his support assistance Roberto Jose and Roberto are Jennifer s main support in the early days of the investigation while Mark remains in the US appearing in court and assisting Jennifer s parents in looking after Emma s ounger siblings Any parent will recognise albeit in an extreme form the prioritisation of everyday life and multiple children who need ouI really enjoyed this book on many different levels and although both of the key protagonists are not people that I d want to spend time with their reactions to the events as they unfold were suitable for the story being toldI d like to say a big thank ou to the publishers Penguin Group Plume for allowing me to read and ponder over this book ahead of publication on 25 November 2014 The Perfect Mother started with a midnight phone call That was the only part that I was expecting I thought this would be a book about the judicial system of Spain and how an American is unfairly treated I was wrong This is not a book about Emma it is the story of Jennifer the mother It is a story on how she had always taken care of her family sometimes to the extreme and how it has made Emma the student and person she has become There were points in the book that I stopped and uestioned my own mothering skills and how I would have handled the same situation I found this happening often and realizing that fixing it does not always have the long term effects that a mother hopes for Throughout the story I really felt for Jennifer There were times it felt like everyone was against her Emma certainly was not helping herself her husband was in the US the court system was working against her and even her PI and lawyer sometimes seemed to be against her Jennifer did wake up and realize that sometimes Undercover Pregnancy you have to take offour rose colored glasses and look harder at ยอดบุรุษพลิกคดี เล่ม 1 yourself and howou are living our life to see the truth I feel like she is coming out of this horrible adventure a better person and definitely a better mom She still needs help and support but I believe she will find it now that her eyes are openI did not feel sorry for Emma She did nothing to help herself and did not appreciate those that were trying to free her Although being in a foreign prison was punishment I am not convinced that Emma has become a better person or even understands the whole picture I feel like she needs a lot of help and the only way she will get it is for someone to force her She does not see that there is anything wrong with herself and the way she is living her life The Perfect Mother is definitely a book that shows the tougher and darker side of motherhood and the bonds between mothers and daughters I recommend this book During the Amanda Knox trial the US press regaled us with the Italians labeling Knox as Foxy Knoxy an American girl gone wild while studying in Italy Her family was presented as a bunch of sad sacks mortgaging their lives for their ne er do well daughter Was Knox guilty Innocent As much a victim as the deceased girl We know what the Italian court said the first time but they ve now determined that Knox needs to stand trial againDid she do itAs I read. 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 daughte.
Nina Darnton Å 5 review
Countries I enjoy authors who can transplant me to that place with their words This book did not do thatNow of course this book was about than just the location but that is just an example of where the author fell flat in her descriptions of things I really disliked the character of Jennifer It was hard to connect with her because the author also did not describe Jennifer s feelings very well There would be long conversations with dialogue only no descriptions of facial expressions emotions or anything So the only way I knew Jennifer was feeling was when she actually told someone "About It And Jennifer Seemed "it And Jennifer seemed 25 starsI thought this book was okay I really did not like Jennifer or Emma I thought they were both spoiled whiny and entitled At some points I found myself rooting against them because I found them so unlikeable Jennifer views her daughter Emma as having no faults at all and explains away everything that Emma does wrong even her part in the murder of a oung Spanish man My dislike only increased as she pines away for the PI helping her work on her daughter s case She just came across as so selfish She didn t care that her other kids at home needed her She said that she was staying in Spain to help her daughter but it was clear that she just wanted to be near Roberto Emma does nothing but whine and complain even as her parents are paying for high priced lawyers and private detectives to help her Without them she would ve rotted away in a Spanish prison and she is not the least bit gratefulview spoiler I was waiting for the end I knew that everything was not as Emma claimed It was obvious to me that she was much involved than she said she was I was not surprised at all that Jennifer chose to once again cover for her daughter All the incidents described throughout the book showed how her parents helped her whenever she got into any kind of trouble so she would never have to face any kind of conseuence It even escalated to murder hide spoiler Jennifer Lewis is sleeping one night in her Connecticut home when she receives a telephone call It is from her eldest child twenty With Baited Breath (Warhammer 40,000) year old Emma who has been living and studying in Spain for the last eight months Emma blurts out a tale of a man being killed in her apartment and asks her parents to come and help her However husband Mark a lawyer himself suggests that Jennifer go to Spain first and that he will join her there Before long Jennifer has left behind her other children sixteenear old Lily and eight ear old Eric and gone to support her daughterOf course as we can tell from the title Jennifer is the perfect mother of the title Her husband even jokes that were he to come back in a future life he would like to do so as one of her children She gives up a career as an actress to be home to nurture love and support her three children Her house is a refuge she is the mother that her children s friends confide in and she organises parties play dates and school projects with ease However when she meets up with Emma at the police station she finds a child she hardly recognises Emma is withdrawn sullen and pretty soon it is obvious that she has been lying pretty soon it is obvious that she has been lying her mother about her life in Spain Despite claims that Emma s version of events do not fully make sense she is unwilling to discuss what happened that night simply insisting that her version of events should be believed and becoming moody and difficult when challenged It is also apparent that Jennifer is not the completely perfect and capable woman she would have everyone believe with hints of a drinking problem and a husband who is so removed from events that ou hardly feel he is involved at allObviously this novel bears than a passing resemblance to the Meredith Kercher case a The Alcohol Experiment young woman of only twenty one who was found dead in her Italian apartment in 2007 Her flatmate Amanda Knox was the prime suspect in a case which has still not concluded in justice for the Kercher family and as such I do not wish to comment on that too much I felt a little uncomfortable in places reading this but the novel does raise very interesting discussion points How much would a mother do for her daughter even as it becomes apparent that her version of events are not necessarily believable This is ultimately fiction even if it is based loosely on real events and as a novel is both compelling and interesting Of course we see events through the point of view of Jennifer and despite her faultsou do feel for her stranded in Spain alone and dealing with the situation largely without the support of her husband With nobody to turn to she does become reliant on the Private Investigator employed to help support her daughter s version of events This is by far a interesting relationship that that with her daughter who it is impossible to feel any sympathy for The novel is well plotted and there is a good twist to the storyline at the end I think this would be an ideal book for a reading group with lots to discuss Lastly I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley for review The premise to. Ent 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. Do we ever know our children or ourselves This seems to be the uestion Nina Darnton is asking in The Perfect Mother and it This seems to be the uestion Nina Darnton is asking in The Perfect Mother and it universal This book has been called a knock off or fictional take on the Amanda Knox Case Not really That s like saying I m a knockoff of Kate Upton because we wear the same bra size but our boobs just aren t in the same placeYes there is a murder involving an American student but in Spain and the victim is male This story focuses on the mother s story and how she staggers and evolves throughout the "Ordeal Was She Living Through "Was she living through children and was she to blame for anything that happens to them What is a parents true responsibility to each child A Perfect Mother is a thoughtful and relatable narrative with believable characters And Darnton makes Menggairahkan Perjalanan Halaqah you considerour own response to parenting in a like situation Definitely will appeal to parents and mystery lovers who like a little ambiguityProvided by publisher Review also posted Go Book YourselfThis was such a gem I stumbled across this by chance on Netgalley and reuested it on a whim I m so glad I did The The Hook As a mother a book with the title The Perfect Mother called out to me Who is this woman Well let s find out The Line Your children can get into trouble without it having anything to do with ou The Sinker A story pulled right out of the headlines The Perfect Mother is an exploration of a parent s or in this case perhaps a mother s worst nightmare The mother Jennifer Lewis is the proud mother of Emma Lewis She s a Princeton exchange student studying in Spain and all seems well with the world Then the phone rings in the middle of the night Everything was so perfect in Jennifer s world that she didn t even get that pit in the stomach feeling that those late night calls cause Hello It was Emma s voice shaken and vulnerable through torrents of tears Mom She sobbed You told me not to do anything stupid and I did Emma distraught tells her mother someone was killed and the police think she did it Jennifer tries to get information but Emma sobs and begs her mother to just comeSo begins Jennifer Lewis fight to save her daughter from a a lengthy prison sentence in a foreign country Sounds good doesn t it So what went wrong I do not have to like characters to like a book At times the most despicable people make a book for me They need to be credible even if unreliable I couldn t totally buy into the dialogue personal conversations or the thoughts that ran through the mind of the characters The choices and the actions of most key players were just a bit off for me Descriptions were sometimes stilted and flat Perhaps my expectations were too
High I Expected A Gut Wrenching ExperienceI expected a gut wrenching experience my emotions were barely tugged I did read on There were times when the dialogue between mother and daughter seemed plausible but there were also times when I just thought Oh come on MediocreI love stories that explore what we will do for love or how far we will go to protect our children Jennifer Lewis is the mother bear of all mother bears but she missed the mark for me If ou were thinking of reading The Perfect Mother do not let my review change our mind Reviews have been positive and readers should draw their own conclusions This review is a little late coming as I didn t realize I hadn t et updated it even though I finished it over a month ago This book caught my attention as it s description seemed to have many similarities to the Amanda Knox case Jennifer Lewis is shocked when she is awakened in the night by a phone call from her terrified daughter Emma Calling from Spain Emma begs her mother to come uickly as there has been a murder and she is in jail Of course Jennifer uickly makes arrangements for the care of her other children and rushes to be with her daughter and help straighten out what must be a huge mistake As Jennifer fights for her daughter and helps investigate she starts to wonder how well she knows her daughter The book held my interest well as I really wanted to know what happened the night of the murder Also being a mother to a teenage girl this book brings up the uestion of how far would I go to save my daughter As mothers of course we want to fix everything for our children However when we do too much for them are we doing harm than good when we intervene in certain situationsI recommend this book It is well written with a good plot and flows at a good pace This is an interesting story about murder and motherhood The story is told from Jennifer s point of view and the book delves deeply into how the murder accusations effect the accused s family I was interested in the storyline and figuring our whether Emma was innocent or guilty But there was something about the book that put me off a little I am sure everyone has heard the motto for writers show don t tell Well this author did not show very much For instance when the author was describing some of the landmarks or customs in Spain she sounded like of a tour guide When I read books set in other locations especially when those locations are other. When an American exchange student is accused of murder her mother will stop at nothing to save herA 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 another stud.