Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: January 24th, 2017
Genres: YA, contemporary, realistic fiction
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
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?
This was a page turner from the title page.
This book has been sitting on my shelf for a long time and I’m disappointed that I didn’t get to it sooner so I could hype it in 2017. This was a chilling tale of mystery and suspense and I read the whole thing in less than a day. Mary is an incredible character. She’s one of those narrators that you can’t tell if she’s being truthful or not. It’s hard to trust her base on what she allegedly did, and the more you get into the book the more thoughts you have about Mary and whether or not we can believe her story.
This book is great with misdirection and little clues.
I think this book does an excellent job showing some of the awful parts of the juvenile corrections system, between the discussion of the courts, police, and the group home Mary ends up in. There’s a lot of worst-case scenarios, I think, but I also believe that places like the ones described throughout this book are a reality for many people.
This book is something special, and I think it’s a character study in how unreliable narration should be done. I don’t want to talk too much about the plot of this book because I’m afraid of giving things away.
This book is very well done. It was one of those books that when you finish it, you put it down next to you and go “damn that was a ride.” This was something, and if you haven’t read it, I would highly recommend it. I’m very interested in reading Jackson’s other’s books. I have Monday’s Not Coming on audio, so that’s on the short list of what to listen to next. This book is great and if I felt like I could talk more without giving everything away, this review would be 3000 words long.
Until next time Internet,