“Suicide Tuesday” takes place during the course of a single weekend and examines the events in one young man’s life as he drowns in his new addiction to strange women, highly-impulsive, adrenaline-chasing behavior and over-indulgence in the popular crystalline substance known as “molly.”
Raheem felt like he could not breathe. From the moment that his feet stepped into their
home, it became hell on Earth: constant bickering and arguments between him and parents
targeted at making Raheem feel small while simultaneously demanding answers they
wanted to know about. To make matters worse, his wife Kim was not supportive of him
Eventually, Raheem’s patience is worn down to a breaking point. He comes home one day
only for the same events to repeat themselves – nagging questions, demands, anger or
passive-aggressiveness, etc. Then his mother verbally attacks his family, including his infant
daughter. That is when he snaps and decides he has had enough. However, his wife still
stands against him, and Raheem is forced to leave the house.
He hooks up with Sarah, an equally troubled nearby resident. She introduces him to a
crystalline substance named “molly.” The weekend becomes an adventure of drugs, erratic
behavior, and women. How will Raheem cope with the consequences?
The urban fiction is about a man who becomes addicted to drugs, experiences pleasure but
also struggles with the dangers that come with it. One of the select must-read books, the
book deals with mental health awareness by discussing how depression can lead someone
towards substance abuse. You can purchase either eBook or hard copy formats for Suicide
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Audra Russell –
You know how they say a person who reads lives a thousand lives? Yeah, I just lived one life that had my head spinning.
Raheem was a newlywed with a newborn baby girl. They were having some money issues and his wife convinced him that moving in with his parents would be good for them. Things were stressful, his parents were always on his back. His wife always took THEIR side. He was working hard and trying to be a good husband, but his manhood was constantly under attack.
One night after an explosive argument with his parents where his wife once again didn’t come to his defense, Raheem packed a bag and stormed out of the house. While walking the street wondering where he would lay his head for the night, he ran into his neighbor’s daughter, who he had been secretly admiring for a year. She was having troubles, too, with her drug-dealing boyfriend.
She offered him a place to lay his head while her boyfriend was out of town. They flirted. She brought out a bag of a drug called “molly” that he had never done before and asked him if he wanted to try it. He did.
And that’s where everything went left.
A hard-working, loving husband becomes a drug-addicted shell of his former self in the span of a few days. I won’t say anything else because I don’t want to spoil it. All I can say is, hold on to your seat.
Readers will be taken along on this wild ride as Raheem’s life quickly and dangerously spirals out of control. You’ll feel like your memory is failing you as some scenes end abruptly leaving you saying “wait…what?”
And the ending? Whoa. I was literally yelling out loud “Don’t do it! You’ll regret it” and then “oh shit!” when Crystal shows up…again.
What am I talking about? Ohhh, my friends, go read the book!
Tamykah Anthony –
As a Forensic Toxicologist, watching crime shows like CSI and Law and Order is rarely entertaining. Admittedly, I’m often so critical of the unrealistic nature of these shows that I can’t even enjoy and appreciate the storylines. Why am I starting the review of a book, Suicide Tuesday by J. Cerrone Smith, talking about crime shows? This book “reads” like a fast paced crime show or psychological horror movie. The way that J. Cerrone is able to bring Raheem, the protagonist, to life on the pages of Suicide Tuesday is just simply exceptional writing. The emotions I felt for Raheem as the story progressed should have only come from Raheem sitting in front of me telling his story. In the book, Raheem, after some unfortunate events, develops a very fathomable addiction to MDMA, or “Molly”. Over the course of 2 days, Raheem goes from a young hard working husband and father of a new baby to a paranoid, impulsive addict constantly chasing his next high. What stands out the most about Suicide Tuesday is the true to life description of Raheem’s addiction. Most times, I find that books or shows that tackle this subject matter either go the cringeworthy “after school special” route showing the dangers of its use, or the drug is glamorized for its seemingly “pleasant” euphoric side effects. The twists and turns that Raheem’s life takes as a result of his introduction to MDMA is enough to get the “Don’t do Drugs” message across while telling one of the most captivating and relatable stories I’ve read in some time. An entertaining and thought provoking page-turner, Suicide Tuesday is a must read. Be forewarned though: the end will leave you wanting more