It’s a rare thing when a book can keep this jaded author and movie buff on the edge of my seat. With “Allegedly” I was just that. Glued to my seat, refusing to move until I found out what happened.
I believe I saw this cover as a BookBub ad. I’m famous (in my own mind) for judging books solely on their covers. Often, I don’t even read blurbs, or at least skim them. So far, it hasn’t steered me wrong.
What I remember from the ad copy was that the book is an interview with a woman, Mary B. Addison, who killed a baby… allegedly. Intriguing right? I had to know. I dropped everything and this went to the top of my TBR pile.
The story of Mary’s life is tragic from day one, but she doesn’t describe it that way. She isn’t looking for pity. It’s the only life she knew. And some of the people around her have it much worse, as you come to learn. Tragic? Yes. Unique? You won’t know til the last page.
I listened to the audiobook and I think it made all the difference. A lot of the book’s formatting is transcripts of interviews. So, hearing the interview itself felt like total immersion. Bahni Turpin was amazing at becoming each character so completely. I could picture them in my mind more than even some of the books I’ve read myself.
It was her interpretation of the characters that hooked me from the beginning. I felt for Mary instantly, and gladly went along for the ride. I just can’t say enough about how much I lived in this world while listening to the audio book. So many times I had to rub the chills away.
Now, I’m not going to give too much away. I think it’s important for you to be as surprised as I was. It’s an adventure that takes you to places you’ve (hopefully) never been. You will think things and contemplate motives of people you never thought possible.
Every time I thought I had it figured out, the story would pivot and I’d be left in awe. It’s gritty, real, gut wrenching, and eerie. Everything I love in novels.
I hesitate to compare it to “Gone Girl” because so many books have been put into that category unjustly. I searched for books that could compare, read all of them, and was repeatedly disappointed. So, I don’t say this lightly. If you loved “Gone Girl”, you will love “Allegedly.”
I listened to the very last second to be sure I wouldn’t miss anything. I even listened to the credit in case there was a super-mega twist at the end like a Marvel movie cut scene.
My Rating: All the stars!