Donatella Young is an accomplished author and poet who has spent her personal and professional life offering advice and guidance to others. Her latest book, A Perilous Friendship, draws from her experience counseling prison inmates and halfway house parolees. Creating real-life characters struggling with the challenges of everyday life, Young produces gripping, thought-provoking novels.
Regina, a librarian, finds her calm life seriously compromised when her compassion for Desmond, a drug addict, leads her to the edge of the drug world. Ignoring the advice of Desmond's Parole Officer and of her friends she stubbornly clings to the belief she can cure Desmond. This misapprehension challenges her own values and personal relationships. The author skillfully draws a multi-faceted plot with unique characters.
This book is a page turner, but more than that it clearly depicts the destructive impact drug addiction has on the addict and those who love him, highlighting as well the deep connection between enabling and deception. The narrative builds to a moving climax suggesting avenues of healing and recovery for all who have been affected by this devastating problem.
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