Can’t Wait for … Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson

Part of the reason I enjoy participating in Top Ten Tuesday is that every single week, without fail, it introduces me to a large number of books I’ve never heard, but that sound fantastic. This week, the theme was focused on books released in 2021, which meant that while reading post after post from other participants, my to-be-read pile grew and grew … and grew. So much for making room on my bookshelves, am I right, folks? Still, while I found a ton of great new releases to last me the rest of the year, there was one book listed multiple times with a blurb that I couldn’t get out of my mind. It won’t be released until April and—honestly? I can’t wait.

Today I’m waiting for…

From the publisher:

Revenge doesn’t wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned by her single mother that the world was a dark and scary place. Bree rejected her mother’s fearful outlook, and life has proved her right. Having married into a family with wealth, power, and connections, Bree now has all a woman could ever dream of: a loving lawyer husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home, and every opportunity in the world.

Until the day she awakens and sees a witch peering into her bedroom window—an old gray-haired woman dressed all in black who vanishes as quickly as she appears. It must be a play of the early morning light or the remnant of a waking dream, Bree tells herself, shaking off the bad feeling that overcomes her.

Later that day though, she spies the old woman again, in the parking lot of her daugh­ters’ private school . . . just minutes before Bree’s infant son, asleep in his car seat only a few feet away, vanishes. It happened so quickly—Bree looked away only for a second. There is a note left in his place, warning her that she is being is being watched; if she wants her baby back, she must not call the police or deviate in any way from the instructions that will follow.

The mysterious woman makes contact, and Bree learns she, too, is a mother. Why would another mother do this? What does she want? And why has she targeted Bree? Of course Bree will pay anything, do anything. It’s her child.

To get her baby back, Bree must complete one small—but critical—task. It seems harmless enough, but her action comes with a devastating price, making her complicit in a tangled web of tragedy and shocking secrets that could destroy everything she loves. It is the beginning of an odyssey that will lead Bree to dangerous places, explosive confrontations, and chilling truths.

Bree will do whatever it takes to protect her family—but what if the cost tears their world apart?


Title: Mother May I
Author: Joshilyn Jackson
Publisher: William Morrow
Expected Publication: April 06, 2021
Classification: Thriller

Jackson’s Website | Goodreads


Note: Can’t Wait Wednesday is a feature hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, so be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants. Fair warning: don’t be surprised if you come away with an expanded TBR pile.

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