- “Allegedly” by Tiffany D. Jackson
- Young Adult Contemporary
- Read as an ebook, thanks to Edelweiss for the Digital Readers Copy in exchange for a review.
- 3/5 stars
- Finished October 31, 2017
Mary B. Addison killed a baby.
Allegedly. She didn’t say much in that first interview with detectives, and the media filled in the only blanks that mattered: A white baby had died while under the care of a church-going black woman and her nine-year-old daughter. The public convicted Mary and the jury made it official. But did she do it? She wouldn’t say.
Mary survived six years in baby jail before being dumped in a group home. The house isn’t really “home”—no place where you fear for your life can be considered a home. Home is Ted, who she meets on assignment at a nursing home.
There wasn’t a point to setting the record straight before, but now she’s got Ted—and their unborn child—to think about. When the state threatens to take her baby, Mary must find the voice to fight her past. And her fate lies in the hands of the one person she distrusts the most: her Momma. No one knows the real Momma. But who really knows the real Mary?
In this gritty and haunting debut, Tiffany D. Jackson explores the grey areas in our understanding of justice, family, and truth, and acknowledges the light and darkness alive in all of us.
This book came extremely highly recommended, which I think might have been its downfall for me. This book had come highly recommended after I really loved “Dangerous Girls” by Abigail Haas and I was hoping for a repeat. Unfortunately, this book fell a little flat for me. I love books that have me questioning the protagonist, like “Did she do it? Did she not?” and you just can’t figure it out. This one didn’t really leave me guessing like that.
“Allegedly” follows Mary, who when she was very young was convicted of killing a baby. The protagonist spends most of the book talking about how she didn’t actually do it. You get flashbacks and transcripts from the original days of the trial and the book is mostly spent trying to figure out what exactly happened. While following Mary in her quest to get exonerated was interesting, I think part of what made me not love this book is that I came in with very different expectations.
This book doesn’t really scream thriller to me, I can see the mystery designation, so just be aware that for me (at least) this book wasn’t a page turner, although it for sure held my interest. I’m grateful for the chance I got to read and review this book with the DRC I was given, and look forward to more of what this author is bringing to the literary world!
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