DOWNFALL, book three in the Intervention series by Terri Blackstock was riveting.
The Intervention series continues with the Covington family.
BarbaraDOWNFALL, book three in the Intervention series by Terri Blackstock was riveting.
The Intervention series continues with the Covington family.
Barbara has moved her family to Atlanta for two reasons. One – to put some distance between her daughter, Emily and her druggie friends. Two – so she can be closer to Detective Kent Harlan, the man she’s following in love with.
Emily is two years sober and has slowly put her life back together. She’s in college and working at a recovery center, but her mother continues to walk on eggshells around her, afraid she’s going to relapse.
Lance, Emily’s teenage brother, is struggling at his new school. Treated as an outcast, he wishes they never would’ve moved. His only friend is April, a girl he’s smitten with. But when he finds out she’s dabbling in drugs, he’s angered and frustrated.
Barbara and Kent’s relationship continues to progress, but with all the drama in Barbara’s life, Kent doesn’t want to put too much pressure on her.
What follows is the twists and turns that bring all these scenarios together. Emily is being stalked by someone who wants her dead. Lance is doing all he can to protect April from drugs and the guy who is supplying her with them. Kent works a case that could have ties to Emily’s problems. And Barbara is struggling to keep her family together.
DOWNFALL is the perfect culmination to the Intervention series. I loved that the Covington family is center throughout the series. With each book you learn just a little bit more about what makes them tick. They are a family passionately in love with and protective of each other, but the trials and tribulations they face continue to test their bonds. I can’t say much without giving plotlines away. So, I will just say that it was a fascinating, suspenseful, driven series that is worth investing in the whole set. ...more
DISTORTION was fast paced and completely consuming. Terri Blackstock has written yet another riveting, action-filled novel.
Juliet Cole’s world has juDISTORTION was fast paced and completely consuming. Terri Blackstock has written yet another riveting, action-filled novel.
Juliet Cole’s world has just been rocked. When her husband in gunned down in front of her, Juliet is in shock. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. What she first thinks is a random shooting she soon learns was an intentional hit. Finding out her husband has led a secret life takes her out at the knees. Now she must find a way to protect her children’s memories of their father while she helps the FBI gather evidence against him. But when the same men that killed her husband go after her sons, Juliet will take whatever risk necessary to protect them.
In DISTORTION, the Cramer family we were first introduced to in TRUTH STAINED LIES is once again pulled into a vortex of pain and heartbreak. I would definitely recommend that readers read TRUTH STAINED LIES first so they will know the background of siblings Cathy, Holly and Jay; and Michael Hogan, their close family friend. Each of these characters are well fleshed out in the first installment of the Moonlighters series and segues seamlessly into the second installment. I love the tenacity of the Cramer sisters. And though Juliet is the focus of DISTORTION, we get to see the relationship between Cathy and Michael grow stronger. I can only assume there will a third installment in the series, which I will anxiously watch for. But quite frankly, I can’t see how the Cramer family will be handle yet another tragedy. ...more
TRUTH STAINED LIES is consummate Terri Blackstock. Action, suspense, with just a thread of romance. I haven’t read one of Terri’s books in a long timeTRUTH STAINED LIES is consummate Terri Blackstock. Action, suspense, with just a thread of romance. I haven’t read one of Terri’s books in a long time. I stockpile them, but haven’t picked one up lately. So glad I did.
Cathy Cramer is a blogger of crimes. A former lawyer, she sits in on high profile cases and then blogs about them, usually adding her indicting two cents. Well, that’s all about to change. When she receives a threatening note, she dismisses it. But, when her sister-in-law is murdered and all evidence points to Cathy’s brother, Jay, she knows he’s being set-up by whoever left her the note. But why?
Cathy enlists the help of her two sisters, and Michael Hogan to prove Jay’s innocence. Once engaged to Michael’s brother, Joe, Cathy and Michael share a special bond. And now it is there job to convince the local police that the “facts” against Jay aren’t what they appear to be.
TRUTH STAINED LIES is a fast-paced novel that pulls you in from the very first scene. The characters Ms. Blackstock created are multi-faceted with flaws and scars. When I read the blurb about Cathy and her sisters moonlighting as investigators I was concerned that the storyline was going to be cheesy. Maybe that was why it took my so long to choose to read this book. But, I should’ve never doubted Ms. Blackstock. The plotlines involving the Cramer sisters and the lengths they took to try and prove their brother’s innocents were well crafted and completely believable. I can’t wait to read DISTORTION, book two in the series. Luckily, I already have it on my book shelf. ...more
SHADOW IN SERENITY was a unique book that I quickly found myself engulfed in.
Carny Sullivan grew up the child of traveling carnival con artists. She cSHADOW IN SERENITY was a unique book that I quickly found myself engulfed in.
Carny Sullivan grew up the child of traveling carnival con artists. She can spot a con from a mile away. And because of that, the minute Logan Brisco blows into town she knows he’s a con just waiting to happen. She calls him on it publicly, but he quickly diffuses her claims. Carny is determined to expose Logan before he fleeces the town of Serenity of everything they have.
As Carny watches Logan’s every move and does her best to trip him up, she makes one mistake. She allows herself to get too close to the dashing man with the easy smile and soon finds there is more to the man they she counted on. With the town’s people in love with him, and willing to follow him to the ends of the earth, Carny is torn. Maybe he isn’t the swindler she thought him to be, or is she, along with everyone else in Serenity going to fall prey to the ultimate con.
This story was very captivating. I found myself torn between Carny getting the opportunity to show the people of Serenity that she in fact is right in her analysis of Logan, and me wanting Logan to turn out to be a standup guy. Without spoiling it for others, this story has an ending that satisfied both of my desires.
With the unique setting and colorful characters, SHADOW OF SERENITY was a fresh approach to an otherwise basic premise. ...more
VISIOUS CYCLE, the second in the Intervention series was face-paced and exciting.
Lance Covington is a caring guy. He’s only fifteen, but his concern fVISIOUS CYCLE, the second in the Intervention series was face-paced and exciting.
Lance Covington is a caring guy. He’s only fifteen, but his concern for Jordan - a pregnant girl he met at his sister’s drug rehab center – is about to get him in more trouble than he thought imaginable. Wrongly accused of kidnapping Jordan’s newborn, he’s devastated to find out Jordan is the one who fingered him to the police. But with his Mom and Detective Kent Harlan helping him, he’s sure everything will eventually get ironed out. But when he gets out of jail, he and Jordan find themselves in even more danger.
VICIOUS CYCLE was a great follow-up to INTERVENTION. Though Lance was the focus of this installment, Emily, Barbara and Kent’s stories progressed as well. I can’t say much without giving away the story, but the action, suspense, and plotline was intense and riveting. So glad I already own Downfall-book three -so I can start right in.
INTERVENTION by Terri Blackstock is the first in the Intervention Series. Though the world of addiction and drug abuse is central to the plot, it’s thINTERVENTION by Terri Blackstock is the first in the Intervention Series. Though the world of addiction and drug abuse is central to the plot, it’s the suspense and intensity that makes this book a page-turner.
Barbara Covington has just done the hardest thing in her life since burying her husband. She’s put Emily-her drug addict daughter-on a plane in the care of an interventionist, praying it’s not too late to save her. But, when the interventionist is found at the airport murdered and Emily is nowhere to be found, Detective Kent Harlan labels Emily their prime suspect. Panicked, Barbara and her son, Lance, rush to Atlanta to help find Emily and prove her innocence. Though Emily has lied, stole, and spent time in jail for past offenses, Barbara refuses to believe her daughter would murder just to get her next fix. But with Emily missing, one of two things have happened. Either Emily witnessed a murder and is now in danger of being the next victim, or Barbara no longer knows her daughter and Emily has done the unspeakable.
INTERVENTION is a face-paced, consuming novel centered in the world of drug addiction. As always, Ms. Blackstock keeps the intensity flowing from on page to the next, making it hard for the reader to put the book down. The characters were well fleshed out. A panicked mother, a paranoid drug addict, a smarter than average adolescent son, and a cynical detective, all these characters worked their way into my senses, making them believable and people I genuinely cared about. Though the plot isn’t hard to figure out in advance of the author laying it out for the reader, it didn’t make it any less enjoyable and thrilling to read. I haven’t read Blackstock’s books in a while, and now I have read three back-to-back-to-back, reminding me once more why I enjoy her as an author. Suspense, great characters, and gripping stories that have you staying up late just to read one more chapter. Thankfully, I already have Vicious Cycle on hand, the next book in the Intervention Series. So much for getting anything else done this weekend. ...more
PREDATOR by Terri Blackstock is a chilling tale taken from today’s headlines.
Krista Carmichael is on a quest to find her sister’s murderer. Fourteen-yPREDATOR by Terri Blackstock is a chilling tale taken from today’s headlines.
Krista Carmichael is on a quest to find her sister’s murderer. Fourteen-year-old Ella was brutally beaten, raped, and buried alive. Krista is convinced her sister’s killer stalked Ella on the social media site GrapeVyne. With the media site’s Thought Bubble posting member’s whereabouts and activities, members can be easily stalked by predator’s masquerading as friends. Krista is determined to find the man that killed her sister. Reaching out to Ryan Adkins, the creator of GrapeVyne, Krista asks him to post warnings on his site to discourage young people from divulging too much information.
Ryan Adkins is touched by Krista’s loss, but his hands are tied. Though he is the creator of the social media site, he no longer holds controlling power over it. GrapeVyne’s board of directors feel posting warnings or disclaimers on their site would in some ways be looked at as GrapeVyne claiming responsibility, something they have no intentions of doing. But, when two more victims are linked to the media site, Ryan can helped but feel as if action needs to be taken. When he involves himself with Krista and her agenda, he is fired from his own company. But that doesn’t stop him. Ryan is bound and determined to help Krista unmasked the anonymous predator. He knows he is onto something when he becomes the predator’s next target.
PREDATOR was captivating and unsettling. With our day-to-day world so wrapped up in the internet and social media, PREDATOR unveils the dangers of people allowing their lives to be an open book for all to see. The story was realistic, and the characters multi-faceted. From the diligence of Krista’s quest, to the grieving of Ella’s dad, to the feelings that develop between Krista and Ryan, the storylines blend seamlessly. Once again, Terri Blackstock has me reading when my attention should be on other things. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. ...more