Thursday, April 5, 2012

Downfall by Terri Blackstock

In this, the last of Blackstock's Intervention Series, Emily has been free from drugs for two years and is in college. Emily, her mother, Barbara, and brother, Lance, had all moved to Atlanta to be close to Kent.
One morning, as Emily starts her car to drive to college, Lance spots smoke under the car. Emily escapes the vehicle but a bomb, taped to underside of the engine does great damage.
Then Emily finds out that a murdered woman is the wife of one of the men in the rehab place where she had worked. She recalled hearing the husband and another man talking about killing each other's wives, just like in a movie they were watching.
What follows is a wild ride for Emily. She tries to warn the other man's wife and when that wife is murdered, Emily is a prime suspect.

In A Note from the Author, Blackstock says when she had started writing the Intervention Series a few years ago, she had come through a long journey with her own daughter who had addictions. The mother in this series was based on her own experiences and emotions as she tried to help her daughter.

This is a good novel showing the struggles young people have with the temptations of drugs in our society. Emily is portrayed as a strong person, finally coming to terms with her past and she hurt she caused others. Even though she is still immature in some ways, she has made her stand on drugs and does not waver. The novel does well in portraying the constant battle young people must go through to stay sober.

Even if you have not read the earlier books in this series, you will still enjoy this one. Blackstock has included enough back material that you would not be lost at all in following the character's story.

Zondervan, 304 pages. Go to the publisher's product page to read about Terri Blackstock and watch a video. You can also go to for more information.

I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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