The Perfect Mother (Paperback)

A Novel

By Nina Darnton

Plume, 9780142196731, 256pp.

Publication Date: November 25, 2014

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Description

"In this fictionalized account of the Amanda Knox case, journalist Darnton asks the question any parent would dread: Is my child capable of murder?... A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit."—Kirkus Reviews

When an American exchange student is accused of murder, her mother will stop at nothing to save her.

A 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 student. 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 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 daughters.


About the Author

Nina Darnton is the author of An African Affair. She lives with her husband in New York City.


Praise For The Perfect Mother: A Novel

"In this fictionalized account of the Amanda Knox case, journalist Darnton asks the question any parent would dread: Is my child capable of murder?... A fast-paced thriller with the kind of emotional impact that transcends a simple whodunit."—Kirkus Reviews

“This haunting page-turner will keep you up all night and be long remembered after the last page has been read.”—Mary Higgins Clark, #1 New York Times bestselling author of As Time Goes By and A Stranger is Watching
  
Praise for An African Affair

“A vivid portrait of a troubled country.”The New York Times

“Combines real-world events with a fabulous mix of suspense and intrigue . . . the perfect read.”—Clive Cussler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Dirk Pitt Adventures and the Numa Files

“You can't put it down and you can't see what's coming. A thrilling read.”—Robin Cook, #1 New York Times bestselling author of HostCell, and Nano

“An arresting thriller set in one of the world’s most turbulent, least understood countries.”—Sara Paretsky, bestselling author of Brush Back and Critical Mass