Tiffany D. Jackson

fiction Contemporary Mystery Young Adult
dark emotional tense medium-paced

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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?

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Bullying (2 reviewers), Child abuse (2 reviewers), Child death (2 reviewers), Cursing (2 reviewers), Adult/minor relationship (1 reviewer), Animal death (1 reviewer), Racism (1 reviewer), and Violence (1 reviewer)


Sexual violence (2 reviewers), Adult/minor relationship (1 reviewer), Cursing (1 reviewer), Domestic abuse (1 reviewer), Pedophilia (1 reviewer), Rape (1 reviewer), Sexual content (1 reviewer), and Vomit (1 reviewer)


Homophobia (1 reviewer) and Rape (1 reviewer)


dark 96%
emotional 59%
tense 55%
mysterious 44%
sad 33%
challenging 18%
reflective 14%
hopeful 7%
informative 3%


medium 62%
fast 25%
slow 12%

Strong character development?

Yes: 52% | It's complicated: 42% | No: 5%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 52% | No: 23% | Yes: 23%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 90% | It's complicated: 4% | No: 4%

Flaws of characters centre-stage?

Yes: 89% | It's complicated: 5% | No: 5%

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