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The Perfect MotherExplains away everything that Emma does wrong even her part in the murder of a young 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 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 sixteen year old Lily and eight year 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 p 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with ease However when she meets p with Emma at the police station she finds a child she hardly recognises Emma is withdrawn sullen and pretty soon it is obvious that she has been lying to her mother about her life in Spain Despite claims that Emma s version of events do not fully make sense she is nwilling 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 you hardly feel he is involved at allObviously this novel bears than a passing resemblance to the Meredith Kercher case a 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 The Kings Sister 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 isltimately 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 faults you 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 this book had me hooked Jennifer is the mother to three children the eldest of which is 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 readsThis book is as much about Jennifer and her relationships than the murder of Rodrigo Perez which almost becomes 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 girl who goes to Princeton this is a girl who has been lying to her parents about where she lives and how she spends her days for monthsThis book has obviously been based on the killing of Meredith Kercher an English student 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 The Cattlemans Ready-Made Family used by Nina Darnton this is book does not seek to directly copy that murder but rathersed it a starting point What is similar is the reporting by the media in the country of the murder True Colours (Somerset, 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 comep with a narrative that includes motive to build their prosecution case and it is p 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 in the US in court and assisting Jennifer s parents in the US appearing in court and assisting Jennifer s parents looking after Emma s younger siblings Any parent will recognise albeit in an extreme form the prioritisation of everyday life and multiple children who need youI 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 nfold were suitable for the story being toldI d like to say a big thank you to the publishers Pengu. 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 The Billionaires Bidding uestion Nina Darnton is asking in The Perfect Mother and it isniversal 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 her 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 you consider your 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 past few books I ve read have been mediocre so this was a breath of fresh airThe perfect mother is a work of fiction but is very reminiscent of the Amanda Knox caseJennifer gets a late night phone call from her daughter When your a parent late night phone calls always set alarm bells ringing When your child is in a different country it s 10 times worse Her daughter Emma has been arrested following the murder of a much loved Spanish teenager whom she accuses of trying to sexually assault herEmma expects to bailed out by her mother because thats the way its always been If Emma has a problem mommy comes to the rescue and offers excuses or gentle persuasion so things swing in her daughters favor Jennifer is the perfect mother The mother all the other teenagers look The Bride In Law up too and feel they can share their problems withThis resulted in what seems to be antterly detestable spoiled teenager I really just wanted to slap Emma and yell start telling the truth girly or face life behind bars I love it when an author is talented enough to provoke such a reaction in me though When the media get wind of the case the run with the promiscuous American angle The whole country is baying for her blood as nothing she says seems to add Lhéritier des Drakos up and Her sole focus is to protect her vigilante boyfriend Paco I thought it was very interesting that Paco was such a strong character even though he didn t have a voice in this bookJennifer s character is the only one that shined for me I hated Emma and her fathers attitude to the whole event was so blas that it was almostnbelievableI have to say that the pacing was perfect I raced through this and found it extremely hard to put down I changed my mind about Emma several times during the book and was compelled to keep going at the end of every chapter The ending was entirely surprising giving Emma s actions throughout the story but it still left my mouth hanging open I would have loved just one or two pagesIf you like crime fiction but are looking for something a little lighter than sual then I d highly recommend The Perfect Mother It s a highly engaging emotionally driven read 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 you The Sinker A story pulled right out of the headlines The Perfect Mother is exploration of This Review Is A Little Late is a little late as I didn t realize I hadn yet pdated 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 This Soul Magic uickly as there has been a murder and she is in jail Of course Jenniferickly 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 The Ex Who Hired Her up theestion 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 tour guide When I read books set in other locations especially those locations are other 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 way blind to her daughters faults than most mothers Every single time something happened and there are flashbacks of other events that happened throughout Emma s childhood Jennifer would make excuses and say there was a mistake despite irrefutable evidence to the contrary That got really old Jennifer s decision at the end of the book shocked me and furthered my dislike of her I don t want to say too much about that because I don t want to give away the ending to those who may choose to read the book 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 nlikeable Jennifer views her daughter Emma as having no faults at all and. 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.

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In 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 nfairly 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 The Prodigals Return 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 ev During the Amanda Knox trial the US press regaleds 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 The Perfect Mother I couldn t help but think about the Amanda Knox trial Nina Darnton s book is based on the trial an attractive entitled American girl heads to Spain for a year abroad meets a local guy who might be a drug dealer a young man is murdered and the girl is arrested as an accompliceIn Darnton s book the story is told primarily from the mother s point of view Jennifer is a former model and actress a woman accustomed to presenting a beautiful fa ade When her children were born she stayed home with them determined to be the best mom in the world Jennifer admits that she enjoys being the mom all the other kids love to be around even as her oldest daughter Emma seems to be somewhat less impressedWhen Jennifer is awoken with a call from Emma saying she s been arrested for murder Jennifer s first thought is to get to her daughter as soon as possible Her second for husband Mark a corporate lawyer to get the best attorney possible in Seville Her third We can t tell anyone that our daughter has been accused of murderThat last thought kicks off a pattern that Jennifer will find herself following Always appearancesThis isn t to say that she doesn t love her daughter She plainly clearly does Yet Jennifer is also as Mark points out blind to the truth She lets herself believe what she wants to believe nearly convincing herself that it s true something Mark accuses her of having done repeatedly throughout their marriageJennifer is convinced that Emma is innocent She s convinced that Emma s version of the events of the night of the murder are correct She does not waver She does not Wicked Way Interactive 1 uestion She is resoluteA perfect mother would react like that wouldn t sheJose Emma s lawyer is not soick to believe in Emma s innocence nor is Roberto a private investigator they hire Roberto in fact is highly skeptical He asks estions and makes occasional statements that broadcast his disbelief in Emma s story but all Jennifer cares about is the job Roberto can do She takes exception to some of what he says but he s the means to an endMark and Jennifer s marriage some of what he says but he s the Means To An EndMark And to an endMark and s marriage a hit of course She stays in Spain while he heads home to work on a big money court case Jennifer at first judges him harshly but then she comes to embrace her time in control in Spain She loves Mark but finds him burdensomeAnd then there is Roberto The emotional sustenance that Jennifer should be drawing from Mark instead comes from Roberto They swap emotional intimacies and Jennifer feels herself drawn deep and deeper to himFor a woman for whom appearances are so important this trial pends her world Her daughter is innocent but that same daughter the one for whom Jennifer is sacrificing time with her other two children her husband and her parents treats her horribly with condescension and disdain Yes Emma needs her parents on her side but that doesn t stop her from trying to alienate them as best as possibleIt is Tiny Tyrant uickly apparent that Emma is manipulative and deceitful As Mark and Jennifer recall events from Emma s life you can see that deceit and manipulation were planted early Jennifer in herest to be the perfect mother allowed Emma to get away with some childhood mischief some serious than others Is that why Emma s in jail Was Jennifer too permissive Did she not hold Emma accountable for her mistakesDarnton asks some interesting Tuckers Claim uestions Just how responsible are parents for their children s behavior She alsoestions the tabloid press both the United States and Spain s Why do they print salacious libel Why must they cast judgmentFrantic with worry about Emma Jennifer does everything she can to help prove Emma s innocence Mark a far less enthusiastic believer of his daughter s lack of culpability flies in periodically It doesn t take long for a wedge to come between them Past hurts and present insecurity drive them to hurl hateful invectives to each other particularly harmful when Mark and Jennifer need each other mostJennifer s search for perfection is a subtext of the novel As she packs to go to Spain she wonders what sort of clothing to wear to court What does the mother of the defendant wear She dresses with care even when meeting Roberto for drinksAnd then there is the ending which may not satisfy some of you What would the perfect mother do How would she respond You know the answers to those estions and so does Jennifer But will she heed themI did not want to put this book down It is fantastically written and keeps you turning the pages Jennifer is not always sympathetic Mark and Emma even less so But how would you act if your child was accused of a murder you know you just know he or she didn t commit You know this because you know your childOr perhaps as Jennifer slowly discovers you know the part of your child that she lets you know There are other parts Jennifer slowly discovers you know the part of your child that she lets you know There are other parts are concealed from you for reasons that confound youDid Emma do what she s accused of doing Did Amanda KnoxSometimes there is to the story than what you see on the surface That s a lesson Jennifer with all of the importance she places on appearances has to learn Whether she likes what she discovers whether she can live with it is something she needs to ascertainRead this book And then come back and tell me what you think happens at the endPublished on VoxLibrisnetVoxLibris. 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. ,