⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Amazing Narration 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?
Ok first thing to say about this audio book is WOW!!
The narration was **OUTSTANDING**, perfectly narrated by Bahni Turpin, you may have heard her voice before in The Help by Kathryn Stockett, (if you have never listened to an audio book before, i always recommend that one to begin with, it started my addiction)
Anyway back to the book….
This was a bit of a tough read, especially as you are not really sure of the truth.
Mary B Addison is a baby killer…Allegedly
We follow her story in a group home, and hear her journey from ‘baby jail’ to now.
You see, when Mary was arrested and sent away, she was 9, she was babysitting with her mother and the baby was killed…..by her….Allegedly!
The thing that makes it worse (for her) she is black, and the baby was white.
“Doesn’t matter what you say about racial equality, you’ve never seen white families storming the steps of city hall demanding justice for a little black baby.”
Considering this was a debut novel, this was a moving, gripping, sometimes shocking story with twists and turns that i didnt see coming AT ALL.
The group home is as bad as you think it is, i was terrified for Mary most of the time, the characters was brilliantly written, even the bad ones, special mention to ‘New Girl’
Now Mary is pregnant herself and wants to try and be the best that she can be, she doesn’t want to bring up her baby in that environment, and tries to better herself by getting her schooling qualifications.
The thing is she needs to ask for help, and no-one, not even her mother is really willing to help her.
This book is a dark read, Mary has been horribly abused by the system just because she is a famous baby killer……Allegedly.
But did she really do it??
Find out for yourself,