Downfall (Intervention #3)
This is a fast paced murder mystery that starts with a bang. Poor Emily and her family are caught in the middle of something they have no idea about. Past experiences shade the way the family response to Emily and this crisis. In life we all shade our experience fro...more
Drugs and alcohol have been a part of our family, but I am basically unfamiliar with this world. The author herself writes from her own experience, and it makes all the difference. I can sense her heart, an...more
Murder, drug addicts, and love are all in this thriller. It's the final book in the Intervention series and while I haven't read the first books, I'd have to say it's a winner.
The story plot kept me guessing the entire time. I enjoy a mystery that keeps me guessing or throws in the unexpected. It was fast paced and yet had time to weave...more
Terri Blackstock is such a gifted writer. I love everything she writes including “Downfall.” I appreciate that Terri deals with tough issues that people deal with everyday, and always finds a workable solution, including trusting the Lord with their lives and letting Him work in and through them.
Emily Covington wants to prove herself to everyone, assuring them that her life with drugs is over. But when things start happening to her, and since it looks like someone wants h...more
This is a good mystery with twists that kept me guessing until the end. The theme of trust runs throughout this book as evidence shows up that makes Emily look bad. Her family loves her, but can’t help but wonder if she has slipped back into addiction....more
One morning as Emily rushes out to her car to make it on time for her college exam, she sets fire to her car by turning the ignition and discovers a homemade bomb...more
This book was great at opening my eyes to how serious a drug problem could be. The struggle doesn’t end when you go to rehab or decide to quit. It takes a long time to earn trust back as well as develop new thought processes and hab...more
Emily has finally turned her life around, but she learns that trust is not so easily earned back. The reader should refer back to the first books in the series to make sure that he/she understands the magnitude of Emily's change and the overall significance. The reader will be happy to re-acquaint him/herself with the familiar characters and meet a few new characters. Emily knows that someone is after her, but she doesn't know the motive or who the antagonist could possibly be. She must discover...more
What I have enjoyed most about this series is that it realistically shows the stru...more
All of Terri Blackstock’s books are fantastic and Downfall is also.
The same compelling characters as the fi...more
The story takes place in Georgia, new home for the Covington family. Emily is trying to escape her drug junkie past by going to college and taking a new job. She wants to prove that she can stay clean.
Lance, her brother, is attending a new school where he doesn't seem to fit in and is missing his friends from Jeff City, where he was considered a hero for being involved in helping save a young mom and her baby.
Their mom, Barbar...more
After following the characters of Emily, Lance, Barbara and Kent for three books, you’ve come to know them and how they think and act in a scene. I’ve really enjoyed seeing Emily progress...more
Someone plants a bomb under her car, then 2 wives of former Haven House patients are killed, and suddenly she is accused of murder. Who is trying to get her arrested? And why?
Arrested and transferred to Alabama, Emily is...more
Well let me tell you about 'Downfall'. It is a great quick read but full of twist and turns. I loved the realism of a family dealing with recovery as the focal point to the story. It is hard to have trust once it has been...more
When Barbara comes to Atlanta to...more
Emily Covington has successfully beaten her drug habit and turned her life around -- or at least that is the way things appear. However, earning trust -- even from her own mother -- continues to be a challenge for her, especially when evidence points toward her falling back into old, destructive ways. When murder comes into the picture, Emily is the only one who figures out what is going on, bu...more
This is the first book I've read in the series, so I don't know if the same characters are in other Intervention books. Even so, Downfall could pass for a stand-alone. Throughout the book the message of hope is kept alive and staying strong despite dark times proves to be worth it. Emily contacts her...more
Normally a book like this would have me tearing my hair out over being 'told' not 'shown', the convoluted, sometimes silly, and too convenient plot, and the absolute sap drenching the feel-good moments.
But, I actually found myself enjoying Downfall, there was good balance between thriller and personal plot-lines, and the prose, while basic was earnest and easy to read.
Sure, my mind wasn't blown away, nonetheless...more
It is a great series; I recommend it.
Downfall was no exception. While I'm extremely disappointed that this was the last book in the Intervention series, I can honestly say that it was a great conclusion because truly, the Covington family's nerves are probably frayed to threads after all the ordeals they've been through!
The suspense w...more
Downfall, by Terri Blackstock, is the third book in the Intervention series. Emily Covington, a long-time drug addict, has turned her life around but her mother still has a hard time believing her transformation is true. Barbara Covington moved their family to Atlanta to be closer to her boyfriend, police detective Kent Harlan. The kids know how in love their mom is with Kent, but starting over is difficult, especially after the things their family has been through. Lance has a really difficult...more
Book Summary: Book 3 of the Intervention Series. Emily Covington has turned her life around after a drug addiction, but her family still has trouble trusting her. Though Emily has committed herself to a year-long treatment program and has been sober for almost a year beyond that, even her mother walks on eggshells around her, fearing she'll relapse. After her behavior during her drug years, Emily realizes she has a lot to prove. When police discover a homemade bomb under...more
Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived...more