NEW REVIEW: Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray

Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray

Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray



From the #1 Essence bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray comes Stand Your Ground, a new novel about two women who are faced with the same tragedy.

A black teenage boy is dead. A white man shot him. Was he standing his ground or was it murder?

Janice Johnson is living every black mother’s nightmare. Her seventeen-year-old son was murdered and the shooter has not been arrested. Can the D.A. and the police be trusted to investigate and do the right thing? Should Janice take advantage of the public outcry and join her husband alongside the angry protestors who are out for revenge?

Meredith Spencer is married to the man accused of the killing and she sees her husband and the situation with far more clarity than anyone realizes. What she knows could blow the case wide open, but what will that mean for her life and that of her son? Will she have the courage to come forward in time so that justice can be done?

#1 national bestselling and award-winning author Victoria Christopher Murray’s Stand Your Ground is a pulse-pounding meditation on race, motherhood, marriage, and vigilante justice that will have readers spellbound until its shocking end.

Books typically fall into a few categories to me. The first category being that they are horrible books. No offense but these are the books in which the cover sucks, there are way too many grammatical errors to count, and the storyline simply does not make sense. The next category includes the average and very predictable books. These books typically follow the format of boy and girl meet, there’s an attraction, then there’s a conflict and maybe some sex and then there’s a resolution or it follows the current trend of ending in a cliffhanger. The next category is above average and these books are hard to find these days. The concepts are creative, the storylines are fresh, and the authors aren’t following the new age (eBook) gimmicky trends. And, then every so often you come across a book that is a gem! It is above exceptional. The authors of these gems skillfully craft a story that makes you stop, think, feel, and simply stare into space because it is just that darn good. I am quite delighted to say that Stand Your Ground by Victoria Christopher Murray is one of those rare books that fall into the final category described above!

“There is nothing like being in love with a naked man.”

Whoa, while this first line is a definitely a way to catch someone’s attention, I scratched my head in a little confusion. I went back to the cover and synopsis to make sure I was reading the correct book. I had to verify that this was Stand Your Ground and not a romance novel. This opening line made much more sense as I continued to read and learn more about Janice and Tyrone’s marriage and the role that the strength of their marriage would play throughout this story.

As the title states and the synopsis describes, this book centers around the controversial Stand Your Ground law that was made “famous” in Florida. The book is divided into three parts. The first part is narrated from the slain teen mother’s point of view. I don’t know a better word than heartbreaking to describe this part. While reading, my mind often wandered about recent events and back to a rally that I attended in Washington D.C. in December 2014 where all of the mothers of murdered brown boys were on the same stage for the very first time together and I couldn’t seem to find the words to properly quantify the amount of strength those women must possess. Victoria’s writing from the mother’s point of view made me wonder did she contact Trayvon Martin’s mom to see how she kept her composure when the media attempted to portray her son as a thug? Did Victoria contact Mike Brown’s mom to see how it felt to know your child was dead but left by himself (or in Mike Brown’s case in the middle of the street) for an extended period of time? Did Victoria contact Tamir Rice’s or anyone else’s mother to see how they continue to press forward? All I can say is have some Kleenexes ready for this section of the book.

The second part is from the point of view of the shooter’s wife. This was truly a unique perspective and voice to hear in this type of story. Normally we only hear from the side of the victim’s family and we do not receive insight into what the other family might experience. Some of it is upsetting, some of it is not surprising, but it was all enlightening. This section leads to a question that some of us may ask ourselves even in regular everyday interactions: When there is a conflict, do we stand by the one that we love or do we stand for what is right?

The third part of the book is the trial. Everything about this section from the preparation of the defense to the ending left me exhausted. I cried. I got upset. I had thoughts (only thoughts, lol) of throwing my kindle. I smiled. I cried a little bit more. I felt relief. And, then I cried a little bit more because this book is the reality that the parents of brown and black boys currently face while living in this country. Stand Your Ground is now. Stand Your Ground is relevant. And, Stand Your Ground is the best book that I have read so far in 2015!

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of Stand Your Ground in exchange for an honest review.

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  1. Very insightful review darling. Girl, I am know waiting for June 30th now.

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  3. Tiffany … great review. I cannot wait to read this. 🙂

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