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"A mother must decide how far she'll go to protect her child and the life she loves in this "thinking (and feeling) reader’s thriller, a literary beach read." - The Wallstreet Journal

Winner: Patricia Winn Prize for Southern Fiction, An Amazon Best of the Month,  SIBA Southern Book Prize Finalist, Indie Next Pick, Library Reads Hall of Fame, Named a Best Book in BuzzFeed, Parade, Country Living, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Augusta Chronicle, She Reads, BookBub and more!

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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, and life rewarded her with a loving lawyer husband, two talented daughters, a baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and glimpses a grim-faced old woman dressed in black peering in her bedroom window. Later that day, she spies the same woman in the parking lot of her daughters’ school bare minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat, vanishes. A note warns Bree that if she wants her baby back, she cannot deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

To save her son, Bree must complete one small, seemingly simple task. But completing it comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of secrets that will lead to dangerous places and chilling truths. Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?

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“Gripping ... the dark secret at the novel’s heart rings all too true. Jackson knows how to ratchet up the suspense.”


“The tension is skillfully built… a thriller with a sharp #MeToo edge.”


“Chilling, thought-provoking, and hauntingly written, Mother May I kept me on the edge of my seat with its breathless race against time. Joshilyn Jackson’s latest riveting thriller starts with a bang and doesn’t let up, asking how well you truly know the people around you—and how far you’re willing to go for the ones you love. A true page-turner that will stick with me for a long time.”


New York Times bestselling author of The Girl from Widow Hills

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