When her son is accused of a violent crime, church first lady Gloria Jones finds herself battling his prosecutor - as well as her own inner demons - to save him in this drama-filled novel from best-selling, award-winning author ReShonda Tate Billingsley.
Gloria Jones is living a mother's worst fear. There's a massive manhunt for her son after a regular night out with friends escalated into the fatal shooting of a police officer. Her husband, esteemed minister Elton Jones, is humiliated by the news, complicating an already strained relationship with his son. And everyone in Jasper, Texas, a town already ripe with racial tension, is up in arms. But the killer they're searching for isn't the son Gloria knows, and now she must decide whether to turn him in or help him run.
As the 17-year-old battles for his life, Gloria turns to the woman hell-bent on bringing him to justice - prosecutor Kay Christiansen. Kay has built a solid record putting criminals behind bars, and now, as she's about to ride the record to the city's top spot - mayor of Houston - this new case could threaten everything she's worked for. But a mother's love knows no boundaries, and Gloria will have to face an ugly past and tackle painful secrets in an effort to save her son.
©2015 ReShonda Tate Billingsley (P)2015 Recorded Books
This was a great book. There were moments I would have to stop the audio because I was on edge wondering what was about to happen!
I love to listen good books. African American urban literature is my favorite. I hope to see them in more BoGo and discount sales.
a good listen but would have liked to havr a little more conversation between father and son.
I'm an Audible junkie. I love a good story. I read all types of books. I have no genre that I won't check out.
From the beginning the story grabs your attention.
Mom over compensates and Dad is uninvolved with both mother and son. The lies the sneaking around just piles up until the weight of all of it
comes down causing devastation that touches everyone's life.
Once you destroy someone's life expect your life to be destroyed as well.
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Held My Attention
SPOILER: When the prosecuting attorney received her own personal wake up call and had to face her own demons with her son that she thought was one of the best and brightest kids because he was raised in a "good home". Don't get me wrong, he was a good kid, but he was not perfect and just like any other, he had his own issues and was crying out for help. In fact, this was one of the predictable story lines in the book. I KNEW she was going to get hers in the end.
It's been a while that I've listened to a book narrated by Myra Lucretia Taylor and I must say that she did an excellent job. However, I cannot say that any of the characters really stood out that much in the book. It would have been nice to have multiple narrators because it always helps the flow of the story.
SOMEWHAT OF A SPOILER: Yes, the ending. I was not expecting that outcome at all especially in the society that we live in. The way the judge handled the case showed her concern for ALL parties involved to the point where she was not being one-sided as with all other cases I've seen.
This book really held my attention and there are many lessons that can be learned throughout. In fact, it was such a good read, that I'm considering it for my next book club reading. Although we live out this type of story every day in the news, I can honestly say that many moments in the book were not quite that predictable. Just when I was picking myself up off the ground from one revelation another one seemed to crop up. So, the book definitely held my attention and if you are looking for a good, positive, realistic book, this one is it. You will NOT be disappointed! I was so glad that I stumbled across this book.
The real anger that was shared between the two mothers
Knowing that pastor Jones was a rapist
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