Read here my review for Allegedly, by Tiffany D. Jackson.
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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.
- unlikable characters and infuriating plot but still captivating to read
- fast read
- keeps you really stuck to with
- you’ll probably feel betrayed with the end
- very fatphobic and homophobic, specially at the beginning
I haven’t read many suspense books because my first instinct is to try to work out all the possible outcomes so I can’t be deceived. Well, that didn’t happen with this one. I let myself go and really enjoyed the ride. But before talking more about this book, I do have to mention how fatphobic and homophobic it is, specially in the first few chapters. It can be a bit triggering and uncomfortable. The mentions to those things are less throughout the book but never they’re challenged in the text. So, please beware that. The characters (even the main one) were very irritating and infuriating, it’s so hard to believe there’s people like this but there really are. I felt the exact same towards the plot. But there was something about it that made me want to read it constantly. I couldn’t put it down or when I did, I kept thinking about the book all the time. I was rooting for Mary so much, that the ending didn’t set well with me. It also felt very out of place, I don’t know. I was kinda tired when I read it and maybe I zoned out for a moment and that’s why I felt that. But I felt betrayed. It was like “no, I don’t want that ending, take it back. please”. So, I’m still trying to digest the book and my feelings for it. I guess I liked it but some things didn’t go the way I wanted them and that sucks. I hope the vagueness on some topics wasn’t too weird to read!
Anyway, anyone read this book? Let me know.