Hush Money

How One Woman Proved Systemic Racism in her Workplace and Kept her Job

Fiction - Social Issues
146 Pages
Reviewed on 11/15/2020
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Reviewed by Jennifer Ibiam for Readers' Favorite

Hush Money by Deborah Harris, Jaquie Abram, and Delilah Harris is an explosive novel that focuses on systemic racism. All Ebony, a black woman, ever wanted was to have a decent and steady source of income, to take care of her mother and son. Her dream came true, or so she thought, when she was offered the role of secretary at Daebrun Career Institute. However, her second boss, Ms. Kelly, was racist and made Ebony’s life a living hell, which started the bullying trend. There’s only so much that one person can take, especially when she carries the burden of her mom’s failing health. She’s left with three options; become the poster girl for pity, give up her job and run away, or take these bullies head-on!

Reading Hush Money by Deborah Harris, Jacquie Abram, and Delilah Harris gave me the chills. People of color go through some of the worst working conditions in the corporate world. I thank the authors for putting this issue in the spotlight and weaving a fantastic story around it. The plot was ironclad, the writing style was engaging, and the dialogues had depth, evoking in me a cocktail of emotions. I read this book in one sitting because the suspense had me engrossed. I loved the character development, especially the main protagonist. She was the strength that every other person needed, but she broke down so many times, showing that she was human. This book shows me that humans are equal regardless of race, color, language, and creed. Hush Money deserves to have a sequel.