Book Review: Downfall

2 Apr

Although Emily Covington has kicked the drug addiction through rehab, she knows she has a lot to prove. Her behavior through years on drugs makes it hard for her family to completely trust her. Then the police discover a home made bomb under Emily’s car and she also discovers the wife of one of her friends was murdered that same morning, she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why?



Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Her latest series is the acclaimed, award-winning Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, Downfall).Other reader favorites include her books Predator and Double Mindsas well as the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re not alone, and that their trials have a purpose.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.

My Impressions:

Downfall is the exciting finale to the Intervention series by Terri Blackstock.  Inspired by the struggle to help her own daughter, Blackstock has created a realistic and suspenseful book trilogy exposing the tragedy of drug abuse and addiction.  In Downfall, the Covington family has relocated to Atlanta to break the drug ties for Emily, as well as to be closer to Kent.  Kent, a police detective, wants the family to become his own as well.  But before Kent can pop the question to Barbara, Emily is again dragged into a murder investigation.  And although she has nothing to do with the multiple murders, Emily is being framed.

I highly recommend the Intervention series.  And you must start with book one, Intervention, to get the full story.  Blackstock writes great suspense (you just might find yourself holding your breath!).  That’s why she has become a favorite author with my book club.  She consistently tells a believable story with well-developed characters.  And as an added bonus, this book was set in my home state.  I could really envision the Atlanta she brings to life.  All in all, Downfall (and the two books before it) is a  great read.

We will be discussing this book on April 13, so if you have read Downfall, please leave a comment for our group.

(I bought Downfall for my Kindle — no review copy involved!)

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