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?
I saw this book on Liv’s blog post and was immediately intrigued, I hadn’t heard of it before, and now I have seen it quite a few places.
I’m really glad I came across it, it sounded right up my street and it was! I thoroughly enjoyed it, I tore through it and read it in one sitting, I just couldn’t put it down, I needed to know what was going to happen next.
Allegedly is a sort of dark, gritty and disturbing novel. The story focuses on Mary, who is in a group home after serving time for the murder of a baby that her mother had been looking after, she is struggling in the home, a quiet girl among a lot of bigger characters who don’t seem to like Mary, she puts up with a lot, and seems to have quite a lot of determination. I really admired that quality in her, she wanted to better herself, get qualifications to be able to go to college, and she worked hard for it.
I spent the entire book feeling sorry for Mary, trying to figure out who the real Mary is, and hoping that he truth got told and that things worked out okay for her, she had grown up into such a sensible young girl, and her mother seemed incredibly selfish and cruel.
The writing was fantastic, it was so intriguing, I loved the plot twists throughout, with Mary herself as well as the other characters, all of the characters were written so well and all slotted into the story so well, they were all in very realistic situations in my opinion.
The ending though, I think my jaw might have hit the floor, it wasn’t what I was expecting at all, I don’t want to give away any spoilers. He seriously for the ending alone I think you should read this book!
Powerful, heart-breaking, suspenseful, and totally gripping. Any way you put it, in my opinion it makes for an amazing read that will have you thinking so many different things.
I’ve already been eyeing up more Tiffany D. Jackson books, as this was her debut and was utterly fantastic, I can’t wait to read more from this author!