I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Reshonda Tate Billingsley
Published by Gallery Books on July 7, 2015
Pages: 336 pages
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When her son is in trouble, a heartbroken mother finds the courage and faith to save him, in ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s powerful family drama—a novel as timely as today’s headlines.
The breaking TV news rocks Jasper, Texas, to the core: a white police officer is fatally shot in a scuffle with three black youths—and a cellphone video captures Jamal Jones, the sixteen-year-old son of esteemed Reverend Elton Jones, escalating the tragic encounter. Now, as the national spotlight shines on a town already rife with racial tension, Jamal is a murder suspect on the run. And all of Jasper—even the Reverend’s congregation—rushes to judge the boy they thought they knew.
But Gloria Jones knows her son best, and she races to find Jamal before the law does—to the outrage of her workaholic husband. Once she finds him, she has to decide whether to turn him in or help him run. With ruthless prosecutor and Houston mayoral candidate Kay Christensen hungering to put another young thug behind bars, Gloria will face her biggest battle yet. And when long-hidden secrets and shocking lies come to light, throwing Jamal’s case and his destiny into a tailspin, all Gloria can do is pray that the truth—and a mother’s unconditional love—will be enough to redeem the mistakes of the past and ultimately, save her son.
A police officer is shot, and Jamal Jones has got it captured all on his cell phone, but what led up to that fatal moment? These are the questions that Gloria Jones ask herself as she finds out that her son is being accused of murder. Knowing her son, she knows that it was an accident but living in the city of Jasper most will never see it that way. With her maternal instinct kicking in she knows she has to find her son before the police do. The main question still remains….. Will she do the right thing and turn him in or protect him at all costs?
Mama’s boy will be on your mind long after you have closed the book. This novel will have you filled with so many emotions. Although this is a fiction book, it is very informative with things that we a dealing with on an everyday basis. The emotion that this book has poured out is unbelievable and will pull at your heartstrings. I was able to connect with every character and feel every moment.
I thank you ReShonda for taking a topic that is so looked over and bringing it to us in this magnificent way. I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Katrina