Monday, February 6, 2017

Book Review: Allegedly

Title Allegedly
Author Tiffany D. Jackson
Release Date January 24, 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.

Emily May said it best in her review. This was a solid 5 star read until the very last chapter. The last chapter weakened an otherwise strong story. In my opinion, it almost seemed like the author wasn't sure how to end the story and went with this sort of twist instead of an ending that would have felt more authentic given how the story had played out thus far.

Other than the disappointing ending, I thoroughly enjoyed Allegedly. It was a compelling story that captivated my attention from the very first page. An overall intense and difficult story to digest, but totally worth the read.


4 out of 5 stars

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