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Mother May I

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  17,372 ratings  ·  2,866 reviews
A novel of domestic suspense in which a mother must decide how far she is willing to go to protect her child and the life she loves -- a tale of power, privilege, lies, revenge, and the choices we make, ones that transform our lives in unforeseen ways.

Revenge doesn't wait for permission.

Growing up poor in rural Georgia, Bree Cabbat was warned that the world was a dark and
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published April 6th 2021 by William Morrow
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Apr 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother May I by Joshilyn Jackson (narrated by author)

I was captivated by this story and by the author's narration of the story. Here's an author who knows exactly what tone of voice she wants for each character and she is able to provide that with her own voice. Not all authors are good at narrating their own work but I enjoyed how much this author's narration adds to this story. 

I was captivated by this privileged life of Bree and her family. Bree came from a poor upbringing, hearing her mother
May 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I always try to skip book blurbs and go into stories blind, especially if they are labeled a mystery or thriller. But that often means they don't turn out quite the way I expected, which is what happened with Mother May I.

Bree is startled awake one morning to the face of a witch at her window. Yes, you read that right: a witch. She takes that to be an omen, a sign of something bad to come. Later that day, she sees the witch again. Not long after, the unthinkable happens, and Bree's harrowing jou
Lisa of Troy
Apr 09, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Bree is living a glamorous life as a trophy wife to Trey. She has three children, a sparkling house, a devoted husband, and a bunch of glittery toys. What else could you want in life? Bree thinks she is the luckiest person alive until she realizes that her infant son his disappeared or more specifically been kidnapped. What will Bree do to get her young son back? Who is telling the truth? How will this story end?

This thriller seemed to be unevenly paced. It was very page turning in places and it
Dorie  - Cats&Books :)

I remember playing the game “Mother May I” on the playground as a kid, we didn’t have as much fancy play equipment back then. It was a fun game with a group of kids, along the lines of “Simon Says”.

There is nothing fun about the “game” that is being played in this book. It is terrifying and the thing that nightmares are made of for any mother. The idea that you turn away for a minute and your child is “gone” !!! That is what happens to our main character Bree and how she play
Meredith (On Vacation)
Part thriller, part domestic drama, part I don’t know what, this was an entertaining but unsatisfying read.

A witch and a kidnapping are bound together in a revenge plot.

Having grown up on the wrong side of the tracks, Bree Cabbat is living the good life. But her picture-perfect life comes crashing to a halt the morning that Bree wakes up to see a witch peering into her bedroom window. Shortly after, her newborn son is kidnapped. To secure his safe return, Bree finds herself trapped in a dangero
Holly  B
This book has a lot of fast-paced action! And I was onboard for it!!

I was hooked on this book after only 2 chapters with the heart-pounding scenes (unlike many of the books I've read this year with slow starts). It took off, kept me on the edge and was quite the nail-biter!!

This was a solid read for me with memorable characters that I either loved or wanted to understand. A loving mother of three, a successful husband, someone with a secret crush, and that creepy, creepy lady!! Wait until yo
Will Byrnes
Apr 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I woke up to see a witch peering in my bedroom window. She was little more than a dark shape with a predator’s hungry eyes, razor-wire skinny but somehow female, staring in through the partly open drapes. Sunrise lit up the thin, silvery hair that straggled out from under her hat. I should have leaped up screaming. I should have run at her with any weapon I could find. Instead I thought, I hope she’s not standing on my basil plants, hazy and unworried. Even half asleep, I knew that there was
4.5 stars
There will always be the haves and the have-nots. But what happens when a have-not marries a one-percenter? Down deep, who do they identify with?

Bree grew up poor, but marries Trey, a successful lawyer, and the marriage is a good one. They have two teen-age daughters and a new baby son, Robert. But their idyllic life comes to an end when Robert is kidnapped while Bree is momentarily distracted at her daughter’s play rehearsal. The terror Bree feels is palpable. Her mother warned her t
May 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mother may I please have a thriller with a “villain” whose extreme actions are realistic?

No? Those don’t exist?

Okay, then in that case Joshilyn Jackson’s Mother May I will do just fine.

As my first read by J.J., I didn’t have many expectations other than there’s a witch in the book. PSA/spoiler alert - there’s nothing paranormal here! Just a haggard old lady with no F’s left to give who is out for revenge by way of kidnapping babies.

Now you better believe that baby mamas are not gonna let that
Terrie Robinson
Mar 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Terrie by: Goodreads Giveaways
"Mother May I" by Joshilyn Jackson is an edgy and cleverly composed Domestic-Thriller!

Bree Cabbat is a stay at home mom of teenage daughters, Anna-Claire and Peyton and three month old son, Robert. Her attorney husband, Trey comes from old money. Lots of it, so life is rich and plentiful!

Bree grew up in a single parent home where life provided the minimum. Her mom worked two jobs to get by. It was a different way of life from the privileged one she leads now.

One morning Bree wakes to a witch pe
This was my second read by this author and once again I felt it just missed the mark for me.

It only takes a moment. Your focus is elsewhere. When you turn back…your child is gone. Poof! This is what happened to Bree when her young son strapped in his car seat vanishes when her attention turns to her other children.

When Bree is contacted by the kidnappers she is told she only needs to perform one small act and her son will be returned to her unharmed. Easy peasy! Well not so fast….

I’m all about s
Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine a scary witch extends her long nails to grab your kid a few feet away as you watch your teenage daughter’s Grease rehearsal and leaves you note that says not to call the authorities and your husband, go directly to your home and wait for her instructions to see her little baby boy alive?

Did you get excited about the premise? I truly hooked and couldn’t put it down, let myself enjoy this wild, intriguing, complex ride!

Bree Cabbat in her late thirties, finally has it all: wealt
A gripping and thought provoking domestic suspense about motherhood, family, privilege and revenge!

Imagine you wake up and see a witch looking in your bedroom window, it was just your imagination right?! A bad dream?! What if you saw her again, and then your baby went missing... This is what happened to Bree Cabbat! Who is the woman? What does she want? And what will Bree do to get him back?

This was my second book by Joshilyn Jackson, and I enjoyed them both!

Mother May I did start out a bit slow
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: The dynamite piled around the car seat was old. Very old. So old it was sweating, and the papery layers had begun peeling away. It must be as unstable as all hell, and there was a lot of it, stacked in a horseshoe around the baby.

ABOUT 'MOTHER MAY I': 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,
Brenda ~Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Joshilyn Jackson is one of my all-time favorite authors, and I love to listen to her books. She narrators her books herself and who knows their character's better than the author. I listened and read part of the book but enjoyed listening to it more. If you enjoy listening to audiobooks, this is one not to be missed. Well, I think reading or listening to all Joshilyn Jackson books are not to be missed.

Mother May I explores what a mother will do for their child. After a mysterious woman kidnaps
Apr 11, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars Sorry friends ⚠️outlier warning!!!

Bree Cabbat has a lovely life, she’s married to wealthy Trey, they have two daughters and a recently born baby boy, Robert. One early morning Bree sees something through the semi drawn curtains which unsettles her but she tells herself that she’s dreaming however it proves to be an ill omen. Later that day at her daughters show rehearsal whilst her back is briefly turned, her life becomes a living nightmare. There’s a note informing her if she ever wa
May 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Mother may I.... may I seek my own justice on someone who has done me wrong? Or will you do it for me? An eye for an eye. Isn’t that how it goes?

Jackson unleashes her talent in her latest story of revenge. Bree’s son is kidnapped and the only way she can get him back is by making a connection with the woman who took her -on a mother level.
The lengths mothers will go to protect their children. The sacrifices they will make.

This was a page turner. A little over the top with some of the ‘acting’ st
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mother May I was the first book I have read by author Joshilyn Jackson but it will not be my last. It was a well written suspenseful mystery thriller that captured my interest from the very start. There were many twists throughout the book. It grabbed me from the beginning and held my attention and curiosity until the conclusion. Joshilyn Jackson was very successful in building the level of suspense and consequences that occurred throughout Mother May I. I listened to the audiobook that was read ...more
Bree Cabbat is the wife of a wealthy lawyer with a privileged background. She has a comfortable life as a stay at home mother with two young teenage daughters and a ten week old baby Robert. The family can afford a big house and private schools for the girls, but Bree has never forgotten that she grew up as the impoverished child of a single mother. A love for acting led her to study drama at college and to eventually adopt the more confident persona that enabled her to meet and marry her husban ...more
Jessica | JustReadingJess
Mother May I grabbed my attention from the beginning. This is a great thriller that I highly recommend. Bree would do anything for her family especially after an unknown woman took her son. Bree ends up doing things she would never usually do. Bree is given directions that will cause her to lose her son or someone else. Bree is struggling with what to tell her husband. Bree turns to Marshall, an old friend, for help. Marshall is a genuinely good person. He is an ex-cop so has useful skills to he ...more
Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
If you press the pause button on life, you'll come to know that Betrayal never comes from your enemies.......it's delivered in hand by those closest to you.

Bree Cabbat's mother seemed to lean heavily on the word Panic throughout her life. Everything was hanging off the cliff at any moment. Never trust smiling faces. Always ask for a receipt and study it carefully. People, oh yeah, are lining up at your door to deceive you. Maybe Bree should have taken her mother's words more to heart.

A mother of
Andrew Smith
Review originally published on mysteryandsuspense.com

Bree Cabbat grew up with a cash strapped and anxious mother obsessed with protecting her own security and that of her daughter. Bree had never met her father, who by all accounts was a piece of work, but as a gifted performer in amateur theatre she hoped that this might provide a gateway to the future life she dreamed of. But one day she met a man from a rich family and the mutual attraction was immediate. What followed was marriage, children
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, favorites
Wow! This was my first Joshilyn Jackson book and I can’t wait to read every other one by her.

This book is a five star reading experience that should not be missed.

The cover is beautiful and catchy that made me want to read before I even knew the story.

I read this as an audiobook read by the author. This was the best audio experience I have ever had. Joshilyn Jackson is someone I now want to read all my future books to me! She was remarkable.

The story follows Bree who has her toddler Robert kidna
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
And here I am to be the dissenter amongst the throngs of 4 and 5 star early reviews for this one. I thought up until the last quarter of the book that it was going to be an "all the stars" review for me as well, but then the climax and ending were so disappointing that it brought it down to the 3.5 star mark.

The first half of the book is fabulous - Bree Cabbat has everything a woman could ever dream of - a loving attorney husband, two talented teenage daughters, a new baby boy, a gorgeous home,
Tamar...playing hooky for a few hours today
If I was a book club member, I would suggest Mother May I for the club. The book blew me away. There are so many serious issues that can be discussed - women's place in society and the workplace, friendship, how some can move on after their misdeeds while others get only one shot at the brass ring, misogyny, one tiny step over the precipice/the cost of making a mistake/poor judgement, carrying the burden of a mistake, "discounting" bad behavior/salving the conscience/rewriting history, hones ...more
Jul 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Bree Cabbat is beaming with pride as she watches her daughter Anna Claire on stage while rehearsing for the school play. She really has it all: a strong marriage and comfortable wealthy life, two lovely daughters, and an infant Robert who is just a dream of a baby. But suddenly, Robert is not there and Bree realizes she wasn’t just being paranoid when she noticed a creepy looking older lady hanging around her house and the school. She finds a note stating she needs to get home, follow instructio ...more
Mar 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Joshilyn Jackson, and Harper Audio for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

There’s little I find more exciting than stumbling upon another author whose writing is electrifying. While many others may know Joshilyn Jackson and her thrilling style, it was only when I received this book to review that I was pulled into the middle of a story that left me reading (listening) well into t
Mar 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, netgalley-2021
4.5 Vengeance Stars

Once again, this author has created memorable characters and a tensely paced story. We have Bree Cabbat who has married into a wealthy Southern family and is raising three wonderful children with her attorney husband. The first half of the book is spent setting up the story and introducing the characters.

Bree thinks she’s seeing things and being paranoid like her mother. She spots a strange woman lurking about and tries to shake it off. Things take a dramatic turn, however whe
Review to be posted on blog: https://books-are-a-girls-best-friend...

You Know the Old Saying “Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold?” Well, it certainly applies here!

For Bree Cabbat, it’s clear that someone has enacted revenge on her family the moment that her baby boy Robert is kidnapped, and she is blackmailed into taking revenge on her husband’s law partner in order to get him back. The question of course is why.

Crazy convoluted and absolutely wild, when Bree uncovers the truth, with the help
Jenny Lawson
Mar 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually do mysteries but I got totally sucked into this one and couldn't put it down. 4.5 stars. ...more
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