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Intervention (Intervention #1)

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Barbara Covington has one more chance to save her daughter from a devastating addiction: staging an intervention. But when eighteen-year-old Emily disappears on the way to drug treatment---and her interventionist is found dead at the airport where she was last seen---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all.
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Published September 21st 2009 by Zondervan (first published September 18th 2009)
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Terri Blackstock is one of my favorite authors, and she never disappoints me no matter what the subject matter of her book happens to be. This is a stand alone novel about a drug intervention and a murder. Ms. Blackstock is one of the few mystery writers who can prevent me from figuring out who committed a crime until she, as the author, chooses to tell me. I found the characters very believable; they were flawed and made mistakes in the midst of a crisis situation just as most of us probably w...more
One of my biggest criticisms of contemporary Christian fiction is that while the stories and situations may be compelling and interesting, the characters and their reactions to the situations or chain of events often are not. Too often, you can predict the story arc for each character based on his or her introduction in the novel. You can guess who will be "saved" and who won't be early in the story, thus ruining some of the enjoyment of the story and diminishing the authenticity of the novel. (...more
Julie Graves
Barbara Covington is desperate to save her daughter from drug addiction. Emily has been in rehab before and has gone right back to the drugs that she craves. Barbara finally stages an intervention. Trish from Road Back Recovery Center arrives to escort Emily to rehab.

When Trish and Emily land in Atlanta Barbara's nightmare begins. Trish is found dead in the parking garage and Emily is missing. Barbara and her son Lance arrive in Atlanta where the police believe that Emily is the one who murdered...more
Paula  Phillips
Author: Terri Blackstock

Rating: 8/10

Intervention, the newest stand-alone novel by Christian author Terri Blackstock. Her last hope is the beginning of a new nightmare, Intervention is about a Christian mum who has had her fair share of tragedy the last few years and all that seems to be holding her together is the love of her son Lance and the belief that no matter what obstacles she comes across God is always looking out for her. Her daughter, shortly after the death of the father decided to ta...more
Kristy Trauzzi
Mar 18, 2011 Kristy Trauzzi rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: I would say it's worth a shot if you want
K - they need to start putting disclaimers on religious books. I will still read you if you aren't totally religious - but at least I have full warning that you are coming at me with scripture. For instance - um - Jodi Piccoult? I think she has religious tones in her books - but I enjoy them - and I'm ok with that. One of my favorite books was about religion and orphans and blah blah blah blah. It's been a while since I read it. But - again - DISCLAIMER!

For the book itself - interesting enough....more
Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
Emily, who lost her father, pulls herself away from her mom and brother to live the life of an addict. Her mom tries every way to get her cleaned up, but fails and as a last resort commits her to a rehab center out of state. But on the way there, her counselor is murdered and she is kidnapped. The police think she killed the counselor but her mom is set on finding the truth and does not believe her daughter is guilty. She puts her life on hold and with her son decides to take matters into her ow...more
Like all Terri Blackstock books, I made the mistake of trying to read a few pages before bed once I was within 50 pages of the end and wound up staying up until I finished at about 3 am. This was one of the best I've read from her. I really empathized with the characters and cared about their relationships and dilemmas. As usual, Blackstock's faith comes through in the story, but not in a preachy or corny way. She is very good at developing believable Christian and non-Christian characters and d...more
I hated this book. Well, I hatd the character of the mother. While she was portrayed as a mother bear type, willing to do whatever it took to protect her child, I saw her as shrill, pushy, and manipulative and just getting in the way. I tried to keep reading, kept hoping her character would dial it down a little but it didn't happen and I finally couldn't stand it anymore and quit reading.

I did, however, end up reading the 2nd book in this series, "Vicious Cycle" which I liked a lot, which was s...more
If you pick this book up thinking you can just read a few pages, you are wrong! Terri Blackstock never ceases to amaze me. Emily Covington is a young addict who finds herself framed for murdering her interventionist. Her mother receives a cryptic message from Emily pleading for help. Like any loving mom, Barbara Covington sets out to find and rescue her daughter. Barbara is convinced that Emily is innocent of the crime, but she and her son, Lance seem to be the only ones who believe in Emily's i...more
Arionne R
This book was so interesting because it showed the struggle of an addict and her family. When I was reading this book it always kept me wondering. I also like this book because Barbara has so much faith in her daughter when everyone thinks she is a killer. I loved the twist on the ending because its so not what I expected. I also think that Barbra was so brave and I think that if she didnt search hard for Emily that she probably would have died.
Very well written by someone who obviously understands the world in which the story takes place.

The affect drugs have on a family and how they might combat the addiction is shown in heartbreaking detail. I have known families who have sent their children to an intervention rehabilitation center and feel for the pain and struggle they face in doing so.

The murder mystery adds a good dose of thrilling suspense.
Even if a parent could be "perfect", there is no guarantee the children will be perfect. Good parents can raise children who make bad choices, and children of bad parents can make good choices. This book illustrates beautifully the individual's responsibility, whether to set themselves on a path of destruction or success--and how those decisions impact the lives of those around them.
I haven't read many Christian books lately.............Not for a good while really. But I know that almost every time I have picked up a book by Terri Blackstock it will be decent. This is a book about intervention afforded to addicts. If someone you know needs to go to rehab it brings up some good points about searching for the right facility. Worth the read.
This was a library book I grabbed in a hurry, thinking it was a mystery/thriller. It somewhat was, but it was also a religious fiction book, which I wasn't expecting. I'm not really a fan of that genre, but even disregarding that, the book didn't stand alone as a great story.
I whipped through it because it was hard to put down. It was very eye-opening in terms of what the families of addicts face. I know the author was trying to get across how distressed the mom was, but this characater really started to get on my nerves.
Sally Bradley
I've read most of Terri Blackstock's books, and Intervention is one of her best new releases. A fast-paced blend of mystery and suspense, Intervention reads like a great TV crime drama. From start to finish, the story is believable and entertaining.
Jennie Thomas
Great Book, It kept me wanting to know more
Oct 20, 2009 Marsha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Marsha by: Today's Christian Woman
Excellent suspense novel - not as much Jesus as I thought would be in it - but still an outstanding book without all the filthy language and smut that comes in alot of today's novels
Intervention by Terri Blackstock was a well written thought provocative book. I would recommend it for any parent who has young children or young adults.
Predictable and suspenseless. Wooden characters and an uninteresting story line.
Terri blackstock is responsible for stealing too many hours of sleep from me

Terri blackstock is responsible for stealing too many hours of sleep from me

Terri blackstock is responsible for stealing too many hours of sleep from me. this is another one of her books that forced me to stay up late and finish it instead of going to bed like I should. it's been a while since I read anything of hers and I find it interesting that God would put her story about motherhood in my path knowing it would draw...more
Clean christian fiction, but the sap runs thick.
Amazing read!
Krusher Basta
I can’t remember where I heard about this book and what made me decide to try it, but somehow I missed that this was Christian Fiction. I am a Christian; a practicing Catholic. My family goes to church every Sunday, our children go to Catholic schools, and we enjoy being a part of our church community. But when I choose a book to read, particularly fiction, I am not looking religious message. To be honest, Terri Blackstock wasn’t too overbearing in this regard, I just wasn’t expecting it. The fi...more
This is the second book that I have read by Terri Blackstock , the first being Last Light. After enjoying Last Light, I decided to try this book when it was on sale for 99 cents on the Kindle bookstore.

In this novel, a mother, Barbara, sends her drug-addicted daughter, Emily, to a far away rehab center. A counselor from the center, a stranger, escorts Emily, but they never reach their destination. The counselor turns up dead and Emily goes missing. The first part of the story follows the Barbara...more
Katrina Burchett
Barbara Covington's teenage daughter, Emily, went from debutante in training to drug addict. Barbara is drained from Emily's illegal activities and has decided it's time to stage an intervention. At first it seems all is going according to plan, but then the interventionist, Trish Massey, is murdered and Emily has disappeared.

Although I'm not sure most mothers would put themselves in dangerous situations to find a missing child (they'd let the authorities handle what they are trained to handle)...more
Intervention (Intervention, #1) by Blackstock, Terri
Mp3 version. This book is written well and read very well. The characters are believable and the plot was interesting. I thought the bible scriptures were a bit much. God as an active character felt like cheating. As a writer, you're always taught to avoid too many "stumble upon" or "lucky breaks." It's acceptable to have one or two of these things (so writing gurus will attest), but in this book, God intervened way too much. He motivated chara...more
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loved the fast pace of the story, the author didn't waste many words getting right to her point. since this was meant to be realistic, let me just point out two glaring issues that were not:

1. the 14yr old brother was at times given the wisdom of not only an adult but a phD in psychology...the mother valued his opinion as she would a mate (which was disturbing and only slightly understandable because she lost her husband/his dad to cancer a few years prior)

2. mom got a...more
Kathryn Bain
This book is about a woman who is dealing with a daughter hooked on drugs. After sending her to rehab, the daughter disappears. The mother sets out to find her. I loved when her 14 year old son told her he was worried about her. That put her in a precarious situation of having to chose, finding her daughter or staying safe. It wasn't a difficult decision for her to make.

My biggest problems with this book were the stupidity of the heroine. As always, she makes the mistake of leaving her car doors...more
Rebecca Booth
I really liked Intervention by Terri Blackstock. It was an awesome book that told the story of a teen addicted with drugs that with her mother and brothers unrelenting help eventually came to Christ. Her father died a couple of years ago, so that was why she chose to turn to drugs-it was her way of grieving. This book really tells the tale of how others are affected by the actions of an addictive person within the family. However, on her way to intervention, her interventionist gets killed and s...more
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived...more
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