"Written with a wonderfully
convincing authority... The resolution of Leroy's novel
has a fairy-tale aspect, but fairy tales can be very
absorbing... I was eager to find out what happened next.
I dreaded the worst and I hoped for the best - and I
won't tell you which happens."
Margot Livesey: New York Times
This novel was named one of the New York Times Book Review Notable Books
of the Year
“Written with the intense pace of
a thriller and the brooding concealment of a mystery
novel, (The Perfect Mother) is the story of a mother’s over-intense
love for her child.
The masterfully drawn disintegration of the Lydgates’
marriage creates a growing sense of unease. Leroy's
dialogue reveals her subtle flair for portraying marital
fissures, and these scenes are pitch perfect…
Leroy ultimately plumbs the complicated depths of motherly
instinct to deliver a novel of great suspense. Did Cat
intentionally hurt her daughter to get attention? The
answer will be a hard-won surprise readers won’t soon
Andrea Hoag: Minneapolis Star Tribune
“This is a gripping medical mystery from an assured
writer who could be the next Minette Walters. Highly
"The novel reads like a thriller and is brilliant at
portraying the slow, steady disintegration of a seemingly
ordinary life when secrets are unearthed and dark suspicions
Michael Shelden: Baltimore Sun
“The author builds her story beautifully and smoothly
to a resolution that is highly satisfactory, redolent
of healing and hope. (The Perfect Mother) is a brilliant
"As Cat becomes ever more driven,
Leroy gives her daily life a lurking undertone of menace
that adds an element of psychological mystery....creating
delicious uncertainty about the heroine."
"It's a premise familiar from some
of Hitchcock's best movies: Seemingly upright people,
through no fault of their own, see their lives unravel
before their eyes. Margaret Leroy's (The Perfect Mother) taps the compelling emotions inherent in that
"With wonderfully descriptive writing
and psychological insight, Leroy crafts a mesmerizing
tale of love and fear."
Harriette Angsten: www.wordsmitten.com
"A captivating and beautifully written book that was inspired by the author's own experiences."
"A compelling read... Beautifully written and keeping the reader guessing as to what the truth really is, you will be intrigued and fascinated until the end."