Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson
Published by Harper Collins on 24 January 2017
Genres: Young adult, contemporary, mystery, fiction, realistic fiction
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?
As soon as I read the synopsis of Allegedly I knew I was going to love it! When I started reading it I was instantly hooked, the writing lets you easily become immersed in the story, it’s one of those books where once you start reading you can’t stop! The pacing is just right, fast enough to keep you captivated yet not too fast to override the story. Allegedly is a book you could sit down with and finish in one sitting, it’s completely addicting!
When I started reading this book I found it quite shocking, it’s dark, gritty and shows you the true side of things, this book definitely doesn’t hold back in its descriptions. It’s quite disturbing with a lot of violence and seeing how they treated Mary was absolutely appalling! This book is brutally honest and painful yet so utterly intriguing. Allegedly is a real eye opener and it talks about numerous important topics. Reading this book gave me an insight into life in jail and group homes, seeing the atrocities play out really made me appreciate my life even more so.
Mary is a unique character, from the beginning it is evident that she is severely traumatised by the past events, and as I read on she really started to grow on me. She is a good girl who had a harsh upbringing and has to live with the consequences. She wants the best out of her life, wants to sit the SATs and eventually go to college. She has good intentions and didn’t deserve what she got. It was hard at times to read, but it gave me hope seeing Mary try her absolute hardest to end up living a full life.
Another thing I loved were the interviews and newspaper articles that related to Mary and the murder that were scattered throughout the book. They give more insight into the case and broke up the story in a refreshing way. As this book is a mystery I was utterly gripped as the pieces of the puzzle were gradually pieced together, as we find out the truth of what happened that night baby Alyssa was murdered.
Overall, Allegedly was a great book! If you don’t mind a dark and disturbing books that don’t shy away from the truth I would highly recommend picking up Allegedly!
I received an e-arc of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Have you read Allegedly? If so what did you think about it? Do you want to read Allegedly?