Tuesday, December 21, 2021


Book: Allegedly

Author: Tiffany D Jackson

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 churchgoing 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?-Goodreads

Review: If you are looking for a disturbing read, look no further. Mary is a black teenager who was convicted of killing a 3-month old white baby when she, Mary, was just nine years old. Mary survived “baby jail” and is now in a group home. The childhood abuse she endured and the relationship she has with her mother are harrowing. This was a 5 star read until the last chapter which definitely threw me for a loop. Overall, a dark, well written book.

Grade: 4/5

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