Memphis Reads – Roby Reviews: The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby

Staff Book Reviews

This is the first of a series of “Roby Reviews” written by staff members in honor of Ms. Kimberla Lawson Roby, one of our keynote speakers for Bookstock 2016.

Wanda reviews The Perfect Marriage by Kimberla Lawson Roby (Grand Central Publisher, 2013)

Derrek and Denise Shaw never dreamed their life would end up in a place where they needed help for their cocaine abuse. After all they had the perfect life. Both had successful careers with high salaries, a house in the suburbs and a daughter named McKenzie that they both adore. So how did they end up in this place? Derrek and Denise started out innocently taking cocaine Derrek as a social measure and Denise as a way to relieve stress and enjoy with her husband. In the beginning they only used cocaine every once in a while. They both liked the euphoric feeling it gave them when they used it. As Denise stated it took the stress off from their highly successful jobs.

When the pressures of life began to take its toll on them, Denise and Derrek began to use cocaine more to relieve their stress. Before they realized it, they had gone through their savings from the use of cocaine. The death in the family and the loss of MacKenzie’s college savings just tore the family apart.

Ms Roby has scratched the surface of how a drug like cocaine can alter the lifestyle of a successful couple in a short amount of time. The action and suspense in the story kept me turning the pages until the very end. Ms. Roby is a bestselling author with a vast repertoire.

Wanda Holliday, Levi Branch