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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 t 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 Emily’s car, and she then learns 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?A conversation she had with two men, an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a plan for a double murder all conspire for one explosive ride ... and Emily is the only one who can identify the killer and save the life of the next potential victim.As she frantically works to solve this ever more complicated puzzle, Emily finds herself playing right into the killer’s hands.


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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 t 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 Emily’s car, and she then learns 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?A conversation she had with two men, an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a plan for a double murder all conspire for one explosive ride ... and Emily is the only one who can identify the killer and save the life of the next potential victim.As she frantically works to solve this ever more complicated puzzle, Emily finds herself playing right into the killer’s hands.

30 review for Downfall

  1. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Downfall was a fantastic conclusion to this series. Everything wrapped up satisfactory and this was my favorite book of the series. I feel like this is a series where it got better with each book. All in all, I really enjoyed this read. (view spoiler)[I loved how the mom had a happily ever after in the end. It was sweet. (hide spoiler)] Downfall was a fantastic conclusion to this series. Everything wrapped up satisfactory and this was my favorite book of the series. I feel like this is a series where it got better with each book. All in all, I really enjoyed this read. (view spoiler)[I loved how the mom had a happily ever after in the end. It was sweet. (hide spoiler)]

  2. 4 out of 5

    Julie Graves

    The Covington Family can’t seem to catch a break from the bad guys! In Downfall the Covington’s have moved to Atlanta so that Barbara and Kent can be near each other to explore their feelings for each other. Barbara also was hoping that getting away from their old home would help Emily in her recovery. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow this family wherever they go. First a bomb is planted under Emily’s car. On the same day a woman is murdered whom Emily knows. Putting the pieces together Emily The Covington Family can’t seem to catch a break from the bad guys! In Downfall the Covington’s have moved to Atlanta so that Barbara and Kent can be near each other to explore their feelings for each other. Barbara also was hoping that getting away from their old home would help Emily in her recovery. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow this family wherever they go. First a bomb is planted under Emily’s car. On the same day a woman is murdered whom Emily knows. Putting the pieces together Emily realizes that a conversation she overheard at work may be unfolding. In a race to save another woman’s life Emily inadvertently sets herself up as a prime suspect in the murders. In the meantime, Lance is having trouble at school. He isn’t fitting in. Nobody believes that he was a hero in his old hometown. They all make fun of him except for one girl. Alice has troubles of her own with her parents getting ready to divorce. When Alice starts to hang around a known drug dealer Lance once again tries to step in and save a girl’s life. With the killer’s acts escalating it is becoming clear that he is determined to ruin the Covington’s lives. What is the connection? Will they be able to stop him before his next target is one of them? Okay, first off does anyone in this family listen when they are told not to do something? Kent tells Emily to wait for him, does she? NO! Lance is told to stay put, does he? NO! Barbara runs around screeching at everyone to do something instead of allowing the police to do their job and then Kent has to come in and clean up everyone’s mistakes for not listening and doing what they were told. BUT, all of that being said I still LOVED this novel! The suspense is excellent! Even though the behavior of the characters annoyed me sometimes I totally could relate with some of them. If one of my children were thrown in jail I too would be the hysterical mother screeching at someone to do SOMETHING! And what kid is going to stay put when you tell them too when they think they can solve the problem with no harm to themselves? All of them getting into these scrapes adds up to the intensity of the suspense in the novel and keeps the reader turning the pages late into the night. I believe this is the last of the Intervention series. I hope so for the sake of the Covington family as I don’t think they could take any more drama in their lives!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Quite the finale to a really good series!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    I inhaled this book in one gulp. Seriously, I started reading and then it was over and I have no idea where the time went. Impossible to put down. Blackstock has the amazing ability to draw a reader in and hold her hostage until the very last page. Love the Covington family. This is book three in the Intervention series. You don't need to have read Intervention or Vicious Cycle first, but you'll grasp the family dynamics and mom's love interest, Kent, better if you have. Sinister suspense bring I inhaled this book in one gulp. Seriously, I started reading and then it was over and I have no idea where the time went. Impossible to put down. Blackstock has the amazing ability to draw a reader in and hold her hostage until the very last page. Love the Covington family. This is book three in the Intervention series. You don't need to have read Intervention or Vicious Cycle first, but you'll grasp the family dynamics and mom's love interest, Kent, better if you have. Sinister suspense brings danger spiraling out of control for all the Covingtons. A desperate kind of read that won't let you go until the breath-taking conclusion.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Edmund

    This is my first jaunt into the Intervention Series, and I have to say I'm impressed. 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 This is my first jaunt into the Intervention Series, and I have to say I'm impressed. 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 I don't regret the afternoons spent devouring this book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ruth Hill

    I am always amazed by Christian authors who can write such unbelievable, action-packed mystery books that really draw the reader in and keep him/her on the edge of his/her seat. And Terri Blackstock is indeed one of those authors. Once I seriously began reading, I almost could not put it down. 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 I am always amazed by Christian authors who can write such unbelievable, action-packed mystery books that really draw the reader in and keep him/her on the edge of his/her seat. And Terri Blackstock is indeed one of those authors. Once I seriously began reading, I almost could not put it down. 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, and she truly gives you a glimpse into this horrific world while telling a nail-biting murder mystery and even peppering it with a love story that will bring tears to your eyes. Terri Blackstock is one of the most readable Christian authors out there, in my most humble opinion. Every word and every detail serves a purpose. There was not a character that came across as two-dimensional. There is no doubt that each of these characters seemed to be truly living and breathing. The Christian message of the book touched my heart so deeply. Even in the midst of pain and suffering that makes no sense, God is there. We may never understand why He has chosen to allow it, but we must not lose our faith or assume that He does not care. I would recommend this dynamic book to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction and even to those who have walked the drug addict lifestyle or who had a loved one who did (or who is currently). You will not regret this book, and it may go on to provide you with that needed hope. I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated in any way, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Let me start off by saying I loved how the story ended. That's not always the case, but here it was perfect. Though chock full of murder and intrigue, this story had a lot of things going for it. The romance was heart-warming and believable. I was routing for the couple to endure and come out stronger in the end. There were a number of dynamic characters that I remembered from the prior book and I was glad to see them return for the last installment of the series. Their struggles were believable Let me start off by saying I loved how the story ended. That's not always the case, but here it was perfect. Though chock full of murder and intrigue, this story had a lot of things going for it. The romance was heart-warming and believable. I was routing for the couple to endure and come out stronger in the end. There were a number of dynamic characters that I remembered from the prior book and I was glad to see them return for the last installment of the series. Their struggles were believable and I found myself rooting for them every step of the way. Mayhem was happening all around, so it made sense to me that stress would abound in their lives. At the same time what a great way for the characters to grow in their faith. This was well done and didn't seem sappy to me. Great job there. In regards to the suspense aspect of this novel, I read it from start to finish in less than 24 hours. I don't do that very often, but the author had me riveted to my seat, literally. I loved how the plot wasn't predictable and how the investigation took a number of twists and turns. The bad guy was a true nutcase and that reason alone made him a threat in my mind. I liked not knowing who it was until the end. But the cool thing is that I also bought the ending. I could see how it made sense. I've read other books where I've said at the end, "What? No way!" But for this story the author built up enough of a tie in to the crime to make sense so I didn't doubt the validity of the killer's identity when it was revealed.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    As this book is about a recovering addict, I think we needed to hear more of the main characters history. It was hard to relate for most of the book. Too bad. The main plot is actually interesting. Had potential but kinda fell flat. It did perk up at the end. The author’s note explained her reason for addressing addiction. That might be good as a preface. ? I’d give one of her other books a go.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Erika Hayes

    Another in a great series! I have truly enjoyed all Blackstock books. For sure my favorite newly discovered author for 2017

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christian Fiction Addiction

    Downfall is the third book in the Intervention Series, and sees the return of the Covington family. Emily Covington has worked hard to achieve two years of sobriety from her drug addictions that so damaged her family, while her mom has obtained a new job and her brother Lance is trying to survive highschool. The progress and healing the family has experienced is cast into doubt when a home-made bomb is attached to Emily's car and a woman is murdered. The cascade of events that follows thrusts Em Downfall is the third book in the Intervention Series, and sees the return of the Covington family. Emily Covington has worked hard to achieve two years of sobriety from her drug addictions that so damaged her family, while her mom has obtained a new job and her brother Lance is trying to survive highschool. The progress and healing the family has experienced is cast into doubt when a home-made bomb is attached to Emily's car and a woman is murdered. The cascade of events that follows thrusts Emily into suspicion from her family that she's again using, while a shocking turn leads the police to focus on Emily as a suspect. Blackstock continues to amaze me with her ability to churn out high-octane suspense novels. I greatly enjoyed Downfall and, though I'd only set out to read a few chapters before bedtime, I found I couldn't put the book down and read into the wee hours of the night until I'd reached the excellent conclusion. I enjoyed revisiting the Covington family, and my heart broke as Emily's innocent actions led her into a web of consequences that had me biting my nails. Blackstock did an excellent job of building tension, and the plot was tightly woven. I especially loved the brother-sister relationship between Emily and Lance, and Lance's courage and his decision to stand up for his sister through all 3 Intervention novels makes him special indeed. Addiction has heart-breaking effects on families, and Downfall and the entire series has really brought that to light while providing a thoroughly entertaining ride. I highly recommend Downfall and award it 5 out of 5 stars, and if you haven't had a chance to read the first two books in the series, please do - you won't be disappointed! Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, Zondervan, for the purposes of this unbiased review. Christian Fiction Addiction

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trinity Rose

    I’ve been following the Intervention Series since it came out. Downfall is the third and last book in the series and what an ending to the series. I loved it. This series shows and tells us how drug use really causes so much harm and how things escalate out of control. No one who takes that first drug ever thinks they will be a drug addict. It just leads to more and more bad decisions. All of Terri Blackstock’s books are fantastic and Downfall is also. The same compelling characters as the fi I’ve been following the Intervention Series since it came out. Downfall is the third and last book in the series and what an ending to the series. I loved it. This series shows and tells us how drug use really causes so much harm and how things escalate out of control. No one who takes that first drug ever thinks they will be a drug addict. It just leads to more and more bad decisions. All of Terri Blackstock’s books are fantastic and Downfall is also. The same compelling characters as the first two books with more sinister villains that will capture you right from the start. Emily Covington is a young lady who has been a drug addict, but is now clean and has been that way for two years. She is trying to get her life back on track, but things keep happening and people start to doubt that she is recovered. Even the people closest to her have their doubts, but Emily keeps on. I love action-packed stories and Downfall was exactly that and much more. The last ten chapters or so was fast-paced and breathtaking. I also liked the continuing romance between Emily’s mom Barbara and a police detective Kent. It is really sweet and they have their problems, but I really think it is charming. You will greatly enjoy Downfall and hear the concluding story of the Covington’s and how they put their faith and trust in the Lord. Highly recommended for everyone. A keeper for sure. Disclosure of Material Connection: I receive books free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their Book Review Blogger program/BookSneeze. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions I express are my own. This is true of any book I review for any publisher or author; I will not review books where a positive review is required and I will always express my own opinions of each book received and read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Patricia Kirk

    Emily has come through a long fight to overcome her drug addiction, but she has successfully navigated her abstinence for two years. Barbara, her mother, stood by and suffered with her during the worst and Emily is having trouble earning her trust. Barbara believes the nightmare begins anew every time Emily stays out late or does something she did during her years of addiction. Emily attends college now and enjoys her new addiction-free friends—who stay out late. When Barbara comes to Atlanta to Emily has come through a long fight to overcome her drug addiction, but she has successfully navigated her abstinence for two years. Barbara, her mother, stood by and suffered with her during the worst and Emily is having trouble earning her trust. Barbara believes the nightmare begins anew every time Emily stays out late or does something she did during her years of addiction. Emily attends college now and enjoys her new addiction-free friends—who stay out late. When Barbara comes to Atlanta to be near Kent, it brings them back to the place of Emily’s addiction, and to an old enemy she didn’t know she had. The “Avenger” decides he will kill her and her family. He plants a bomb under her car. From that moment, the bodies fall as he gets nearer to her family. Drugged beyond reason, he enjoys the game. I had a revelation during the reading of this book. I didn’t realize that ex-addicts can never again take a narcotic, even to help terrible pain. The addict must always feel every bit of pain he or she becomes victim to—or succumb to painkillers and begin the foggy, insane years again. The action is constant, characters believable, and the suspense continuous. Anyone who reads this book should start with the first book. Though the mystery begins and ends in this book, I felt like someone who goes to a party and walks into someone else’s conversation in the middle. The author often refers to happenings in earlier books. If the first books move at the pace of this one, Emily should be agoraphobic as well as addictive. I certainly wouldn’t leave my house—though for her, home offers no safety.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953

    MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 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 MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK 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 her dead, her family still had doubts about Emily’s past life. In “Downfall,’ Terri Blackstock writes another suspense/ thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seats until the very last word. When I put the book down, all I could think about was what was gonna happen, so I would pick it back up. From the people we loved to the villains we could do without, the character were so real and true to life it was like reading something in the newspaper. And with an intriguing plot that had the many twist and turns, it was difficult to solve the mystery until it was all revealed in the end. If you’ve never read a Terri Blackstock book, you are missing a real treat. And for those fans who always come back for more of her stories, you will love the words penned in Terri’s new book, “Downfall.” This book was provided by Zondervan Publishers through The Suspense Zone. I appreciate Susan and all of the work she does to promote Edgy Christian Fiction and thrillers like “Downfall.” I was not expected or required to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Book Him Danno

    A good romance with a God centered character who wants to reform her ways and become someone that she and others can rely on. I will be reviewing this title on my blog in the next few weeks and copy the full review here at that time. 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 A good romance with a God centered character who wants to reform her ways and become someone that she and others can rely on. I will be reviewing this title on my blog in the next few weeks and copy the full review here at that time. 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 from what we know about the person or events. It’s hard to give someone a second chance, I mean a real second chance with no prejudice or shading of any kind. Most of us learn from our mistakes and expect that from those around us. The saying ‘Slap me once shame on you…slap me twice shame on me.’ I think that is why seeing someone as a new person after poor past choice is difficult. This book is well written and fast paced. I read it in a few hours while home one day sick. I enjoyed the characters and even the idea of having to let your child go, if necessary. The religious aspect of the book was on repentance and becoming a better ‘New’ person. The book is not preachy or overly religious in any way. We all face challenges and the challenge of a child abusing drugs is huge….I think most mystery fans would love this book. Give it a try….this author can weave a good yarn.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I was captivated by Intervention and Vicious Cycle, so I jumped at the chance to review this final book in the series. In a word: Wow! Terri Blackstock once again kept me riveted to the page into the wee hours. She has seamlessly showed the perspective of the story from various angles: Emily's struggles, her mother's roller coaster of emotions, Lance's experiences, and Homicide Detective Kent Harlan's professional and personal commitment. She even pulls back the killer's mask just enough to allo I was captivated by Intervention and Vicious Cycle, so I jumped at the chance to review this final book in the series. In a word: Wow! Terri Blackstock once again kept me riveted to the page into the wee hours. She has seamlessly showed the perspective of the story from various angles: Emily's struggles, her mother's roller coaster of emotions, Lance's experiences, and Homicide Detective Kent Harlan's professional and personal commitment. She even pulls back the killer's mask just enough to allow a glimpse into his/her mind without revealing who it is until the proper time. This is a chilling picture of the consequences of drug addiction and the seemingly harmless ways that it often begins. Terri's experiences that led to the writing of this series give this novel a raw authenticity that can't be attained by mere research, and I often forgot I was reading fiction. I didn't just read this book; I experienced it. Although aimed for adults, this should be required reading for older teens. My girl is eagerly waiting for me to pass this book along to her as soon as my review is written! I received this book free from Zondervan and Shelton Interactive as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Boundless Book Reviews

    Downfall is another painfully true story of how one person’s addiction can affect so many people around them. Blackstock’s writing talent continues Emily’s story in a remarkably entertaining way. Readers will finally learn what it takes for an addict to turn her life around. Emily has a strong family support system to help her along the way; that, along with her Faith in God will ultimately help her wing the fight to get her life back. I loved Downfall, along with all the books in the trilogy. I Downfall is another painfully true story of how one person’s addiction can affect so many people around them. Blackstock’s writing talent continues Emily’s story in a remarkably entertaining way. Readers will finally learn what it takes for an addict to turn her life around. Emily has a strong family support system to help her along the way; that, along with her Faith in God will ultimately help her wing the fight to get her life back. I loved Downfall, along with all the books in the trilogy. I strongly recommend all Terri Blackstone’s books. They’re all 5 star book for me. http://www.boundlessbookreviews.com https://www.facebook.com/BBReviews

  17. 5 out of 5

    K

    I did not know this was a christian book when I picked it up, and I probably wouldn't have read it if I did know. The story was really good and suspenseful for a good portion of the book. I was really into it and really wanted to know who the killer was (which was an interesting twist). However, the christian stuff in the book was too much for me and I think detracted from the main story. There were a couple of times where I almost didn't even finish it because the christian details were just to I did not know this was a christian book when I picked it up, and I probably wouldn't have read it if I did know. The story was really good and suspenseful for a good portion of the book. I was really into it and really wanted to know who the killer was (which was an interesting twist). However, the christian stuff in the book was too much for me and I think detracted from the main story. There were a couple of times where I almost didn't even finish it because the christian details were just too much, in my opinion. So, for me and my tastes, this book ended up being ok.

  18. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Darlington

    Another powerful novel in the Intervention series. It was good to catch up with the Covingtons again. Blackstock adeptly shows what the life of an addict (even recovering addicts) can be like. She shows hope and cautions in the same novel. Fans will be pleased.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bill Tillman

    The book starts out fast and finishes even faster. A real wild ride in the lives of addicts and former people with abuse problems. Great twists as everyone remains one step behind a diabolical killer.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Carter

    Any time spent reading a Terri Blackstock novel is time well-spent. Enjoy.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Great way to end the series! What a great book! Must read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Chris

    b>This summary/review may have been copied for other sources and is used only as a reminder of what the book was about for my personal interest. Any personal notations are for my recollection only. The Covington Family can’t seem to catch a break from the bad guys! In Downfall the Covington’s have moved to Atlanta so that Barbara and Kent can be near each other to explore their feelings for each other. Barbara also was hoping that getting away from their old home would help Emily in her recovery. b>This summary/review may have been copied for other sources and is used only as a reminder of what the book was about for my personal interest. Any personal notations are for my recollection only. The Covington Family can’t seem to catch a break from the bad guys! In Downfall the Covington’s have moved to Atlanta so that Barbara and Kent can be near each other to explore their feelings for each other. Barbara also was hoping that getting away from their old home would help Emily in her recovery. Unfortunately trouble seems to follow this family wherever they go. First a bomb is planted under Emily’s car. On the same day a woman is murdered whom Emily knows. Putting the pieces together Emily realizes that a conversation she overheard at work may be unfolding. In a race to save another woman’s life Emily inadvertently sets herself up as a prime suspect in the murders. In the meantime, Lance is having trouble at school. He isn’t fitting in. Nobody believes that he was a hero in his old hometown. They all make fun of him except for one girl. Alice has troubles of her own with her parents getting ready to divorce. When Alice starts to hang around a known drug dealer Lance once again tries to step in and save a girl’s life. With the killer’s acts escalating it is becoming clear that he is determined to ruin the Covington’s lives. What is the connection? Will they be able to stop him before his next target is one of them? Okay, first off does anyone in this family listen when they are told not to do something? Kent tells Emily to wait for him, does she? NO! Lance is told to stay put, does he? NO! Barbara runs around screeching at everyone to do something instead of allowing the police to do their job and then Kent has to come in and clean up everyone’s mistakes for not listening and doing what they were told. BUT, all of that being said I still LOVED this novel! The suspense is excellent! Even though the behavior of the characters annoyed me sometimes I totally could relate with some of them. If one of my children were thrown in jail I too would be the hysterical mother screeching at someone to do SOMETHING! And what kid is going to stay put when you tell them too when they think they can solve the problem with no harm to themselves? **

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Turko

    Emily has been sober for 2 years now. It hasnt always been easy but shes made it through. She doesn't blame her mom and brother for doubting her though. Why would they completely trust her ever again after she burned those bridges so many times before? When her car has a bomb underneath it the same morning the wife of someone she knows is murdered, she knows it can't be a coincidence. Trying to report her suspicions of the next victim fall on deaf ears to anyone who knows her past so she tries t Emily has been sober for 2 years now. It hasnt always been easy but shes made it through. She doesn't blame her mom and brother for doubting her though. Why would they completely trust her ever again after she burned those bridges so many times before? When her car has a bomb underneath it the same morning the wife of someone she knows is murdered, she knows it can't be a coincidence. Trying to report her suspicions of the next victim fall on deaf ears to anyone who knows her past so she tries to take matters into her own hands, despite the warnings from her moms boyfriend Kent to leave it to the police. All she needs to do is prove her theory without relapsing or getting hurt and maybe then people will start to trust her again. This book was a satisfying ending to the series. I'm not sure I would believe they would never have another major crime occur in their family since they had 3 in such a short time but even fictional characters deserve a break from lifes troubles. If she was to write another book in the series I would definitely read it, but as it stands I'll read other series shes written for sure.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    We have Emily, a recovering addict, trying to make her life work. Her mom and the rest of her family are still reeling from the chaos the addiction caused them for years and years. The tension in the family is palpable. Trust is difficult to give when it has been broken so often. And on the other hand, when you are not trusted, it is hard to stay on track. Emily is working and going to school. Then forces beyond her control devise to bring her down long, hard and forever. This is a mystery that t We have Emily, a recovering addict, trying to make her life work. Her mom and the rest of her family are still reeling from the chaos the addiction caused them for years and years. The tension in the family is palpable. Trust is difficult to give when it has been broken so often. And on the other hand, when you are not trusted, it is hard to stay on track. Emily is working and going to school. Then forces beyond her control devise to bring her down long, hard and forever. This is a mystery that twists and turns full of fast paced action. I appreciate Blackstock’s understanding and compassion toward recovering addicts and her understanding of the families that are attempting to negotiate their way through uncharted waters.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sandra Barker

    This was a very good book. Although it is #3 in the series and I had not read the first two books, I was still able to easily know everything that I needed to know. There was enough backstory given that I felt like I knew about the people in the book. I like the characters and although the mom Barbara was a bit too emotional to suit me, there WAS a lot going on in the family's life so I gave her a bit of slack. I liked the bit about using the classic movie "Strangers on a Train," as part of the This was a very good book. Although it is #3 in the series and I had not read the first two books, I was still able to easily know everything that I needed to know. There was enough backstory given that I felt like I knew about the people in the book. I like the characters and although the mom Barbara was a bit too emotional to suit me, there WAS a lot going on in the family's life so I gave her a bit of slack. I liked the bit about using the classic movie "Strangers on a Train," as part of the plot. Although it's been used plenty of times, the way the author used it was very effective. I also like the Biblical references and growth of Emily. It was refreshing to me NOT to be able to figure out "who done it" before it was revealed. All in all, I enjoyed the book very much!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Randy Tramp

    Emily is a recovering drug user. Wanting to help others, she finds herself in trouble. The characters struggle in different ways. Emily wants to stay away from drugs. Her mom wants to believe Emily but events cast doubt. Lance, Emily's brother, seeks friends, but does he get the right one? The story moved me. I've seen the results of drugs from those I've come in contact with. Today, probably everyone knows someone who's on drugs or has been on drugs. Downfall has an important message of hope. You Emily is a recovering drug user. Wanting to help others, she finds herself in trouble. The characters struggle in different ways. Emily wants to stay away from drugs. Her mom wants to believe Emily but events cast doubt. Lance, Emily's brother, seeks friends, but does he get the right one? The story moved me. I've seen the results of drugs from those I've come in contact with. Today, probably everyone knows someone who's on drugs or has been on drugs. Downfall has an important message of hope. You can do it if you reach up to the One who has the answers-Jesus. I loved the ending. Predictable with a surprise twist. Five-Stars.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Allison Anderson Armstrong

    I enjoyed this series a lot, once I got past the annoying brother in the first book. It's easy reading, has good pacing and is dramatic and suspenseful enough without getting too cheesy. Since the author has personal experience with the effects of drugs in a loved ones life, the story comes across authentically. The main thing that annoyed me throughout the series was the communication fallouts. All three built suspense mainly by characters not answering their phones, and at crucial points of th I enjoyed this series a lot, once I got past the annoying brother in the first book. It's easy reading, has good pacing and is dramatic and suspenseful enough without getting too cheesy. Since the author has personal experience with the effects of drugs in a loved ones life, the story comes across authentically. The main thing that annoyed me throughout the series was the communication fallouts. All three built suspense mainly by characters not answering their phones, and at crucial points of the story! For one book, I get it, but it seriously, it happens in all three-their phones got disabled, out of service, or the character decides not to answer... Just an overused dramatic effect.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ellen White

    Trust is hard, when you know of what could be lost, and could one ever start again, if they lose. Then Emily finds a bomb, and people she knew before, there has been a murder, which turns deadly, the killer now has sights on Emily. To be caught, the drugs, and her mother with her, would there ever be a way pass, for all of them. Barbara’s love for Kent, could it be, or just a dream. What of Lance, in these last two years. A dream of a closure, that will leave readers in awe of a book well writte Trust is hard, when you know of what could be lost, and could one ever start again, if they lose. Then Emily finds a bomb, and people she knew before, there has been a murder, which turns deadly, the killer now has sights on Emily. To be caught, the drugs, and her mother with her, would there ever be a way pass, for all of them. Barbara’s love for Kent, could it be, or just a dream. What of Lance, in these last two years. A dream of a closure, that will leave readers in awe of a book well written.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rita

    An easy-to-read-nighttime book with characters you get to know and care about thru the author's intervention novels...making your heart go out to those families struggling with a family member with drug/alcohol addictions. How can we accept the trials that come into our lives and not be overwhelmed and constantly troubled by them? Per Terri Blackstock -- "It takes spiritual maturity, intimate prayer, and a constant feeding on God's Word...God reminds us thru His Word..."One day all things will b An easy-to-read-nighttime book with characters you get to know and care about thru the author's intervention novels...making your heart go out to those families struggling with a family member with drug/alcohol addictions. How can we accept the trials that come into our lives and not be overwhelmed and constantly troubled by them? Per Terri Blackstock -- "It takes spiritual maturity, intimate prayer, and a constant feeding on God's Word...God reminds us thru His Word..."One day all things will be made new, and there will be no more pain. He will dry every tear, and right every wrong."

  30. 4 out of 5

    LaShunda

    I began reading this three part series years ago and had to put it down before this third installment due to the intensity of the story. So many heart wrenching events occurred within the series, caused me to stop before reading this third book. I needed a break. I am however, ever so glad I picked it back up again. This third book in the trilogy was wonderfully written, equally intense as the first two, and truly a satisfying read.

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