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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---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all. Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for '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---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all. Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily's life, Barbara maintains her daughter's innocence, but does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs. But as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he's wrong about Emily. Fear rises as the mysteries intensify: Did Emily's obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder---or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer? In this gripping stand-alone novel of intrigue and suspense, bestselling fiction author Terri Blackstock delivers the up-all-night drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her.'


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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---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all. Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for '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---Barbara enters her darkest nightmare of all. Barbara and her son set out to find Emily before Detective Kent Harlan arrests her for a crime he is sure she committed. Fearing for Emily's life, Barbara maintains her daughter's innocence, but does she really know her anymore? Meanwhile, Kent has questions of his own. His gut tells him that this is a case of an addict killing for drugs. But as he gets to know Barbara, he begins to hope he's wrong about Emily. Fear rises as the mysteries intensify: Did Emily's obsession with drugs lead her to commit murder---or is she another victim of a cold-blooded killer? In this gripping stand-alone novel of intrigue and suspense, bestselling fiction author Terri Blackstock delivers the up-all-night drama that readers around the world have come to expect from her.'

30 review for Intervention

  1. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    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 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 would. If they had made perfect decisions every step of the way it would have seemed unreal. One reviewer found the mother, Barbara Covington, a little bit over the top and annoying. I can understand this reaction to the mother in this novel, but I thought she was a very genuine character whose actions were out of love and desperation for her daughters well being. This was a quick read for me because I didn't want to put it down. It is compelling, interesting reading, and will stay on my bookshelf and be lent to others.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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 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 first half of the book was a little slow, but she had my interest in the last third of the book. However, overall I had an issue with the “Christian” theme. I don’t want this review to be a spoiler so I will just say this. The issue I have with the message “Christians” try to get across, or at least how I hear it, is that if you pray God will swoop in and save the day (or in the case of TV Evangelists they will send God in to save the day after a sizable contribution has been made). In the book Barbara, the Mother, got in the way of the Atlanta Police, who were trying to find her daughter, and put her life, and her son’s, in grave danger. But by praying everything worked out. In reality she would have made things far worse for her daughter and her son. I believe we were created by a Supreme Being, God. And that he gave us a free will. With that free will we humans make many mistakes and usually pay the consequences for those mistakes. Hopefully, we learn something. To me being a good Christian means that we try our best, acknowledge our failures, ask for forgiveness, and carry on. We do not jump into a viper pit and pray for God to protect us.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    I read this book several years ago and on a road trip this week listened to it. It was just as amazing as when I first read it. I love a good suspense and Blackstock does not disappoint.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    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. ( 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. (I'm looking at you "Left Behind.") So, when a book comes along from the contemporary Christian genre that has not only well drawn, realistic characters but also ones who react in authentic manners, it always draws my attention a bit. That's the case with Terri Blackstock's "Intervention" "Invention" is the story of widowed mother Barbara and her two children. Her oldest, daughter Emily has embraced the world of drugs and addiction in the wake of her father's death while her younger son, Logan has his own struggles but hasn't quite gone down the same path. In desperation to save her daughter, Barbara enrolls her in a rehab program, complete with an intervention agent who will come and take Emily to the facility so Emily can't talk her mother out of this course of action. The two set off for Georgia but the interventionist is murdered in the parking garage of the Atlanta airport and Emily becomes the prime suspect. Barbara races to Atlanta with her son in tow to try and find Emily, convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt of her daughter's innocence. Blackstock does a nice job of making Barbara feel like a real character over the course of the story. Her faith and prayers are authentic as as her doubts as the evidence begins to pile up. Barbara is not a perfect person or mother and Blackstock allows her to be portrayed as such at several points in the early stages of the novel. However, once the novel hits a certain point and some aspects of what is really going on are revealed that things being to slowly unravel. The last third of the novel depends a lot on Barbara becoming McGyver-like in her ability to get information and do certain things to help track down Emily. Yes, Google is a powerful tool but it certainly shouldn't allow Barbara to get one step ahead of the police in her investigation as is portrayed here. And the revelation of what exactly is going here and why is a bit of a disappointment. It's a shame really because for the first 200 pages, "Intervention" is a well crafted, suspense thriller with realistic characters and a horrifying situation.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lawrence

    Very enlightening This book was very enlightening to the hurt and pain of being addictive to drugs in the family. I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to all Terri Blackstock fans.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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 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 Trish. Everyone sees Emily as a junkie willing to do anything for her next fix. Only Barbara believes that her daughter is not the cold-blooded killer that everyone believes her to be. When Barbara receives a text from her daughter saying "mom help me" she is more than convinced that something horrible has happened to her daughter. Frustrated that the police seem to be doing nothing to help find Emily, Barbara is determined to go out on her own and find her no matter where it takes her. Filled with the anguish and helplessness that a parent must feel when their child sinks into substance abuse the author captures those powerful feelings and emotions in each page of Intervention. At the end of the book Terri Blackstock shares about her own daughter's substance abuse. The feeling of first-hand experience and emotions are apparent throughout the story. The mystery and suspense of Intervention kept me on the edge of my seat. An excellent novel that has me ready to delve into the next book in the series Vicious Cycle.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kristy Trauzzi

    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. 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. Who would have thought you would be kidnapped as you were going into a rehab center? I find it difficult to imagine the mothers thoughts. The need to find her daughter vrs the need for her to stay safe for her son. If one of my children went missing, would I be able to sit and wait and hope the police knew what to look for? I don't like how (in general), the non police people always know more than the real police people. Does that give credence to what the mother did? As skinny models teach you that is beautiful, books like this can teach you that you will always find out more than the cops, and no matter how stupid you are, they will be there just at the exact second you need them. I guess I like more where my thoughts went from reading this novel, than anything the novel actually gave me. And I'm not going to lie, I just skimmed all the god crap out. (No offense to those who are religious)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    I have always wanted to reread this series. Its not the most popular of Terri Blackstock series but it is still one my favorites of hers and so worth the read. Barbara daughter Emily is a drug addict and finally gets her to go to rehab. But there is a problem, the case worker with her is murdered and Emily has disappeared. Barbara knows her daughter, she is innocent of this crime. So Barbara sets out with her son to find out who took her and how to get her back, not matter what the cost. This bo I have always wanted to reread this series. Its not the most popular of Terri Blackstock series but it is still one my favorites of hers and so worth the read. Barbara daughter Emily is a drug addict and finally gets her to go to rehab. But there is a problem, the case worker with her is murdered and Emily has disappeared. Barbara knows her daughter, she is innocent of this crime. So Barbara sets out with her son to find out who took her and how to get her back, not matter what the cost. This book has everything in it. Suspense, thrills and a great mystery, also the foundation of Christ in each of their lives even Detective Kent who becomes more invested to find Emily. Does he start to have feeling for Barbara? Really a great read from Terri Blackstock and she writes with knowledge of what a child goes through with a drug problems. Such a wonderful book which I highly recommend reading!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eva North

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Good evening everyone, I've just recently finished listening to intervention by Terri Blackstock, again. It's not a bad thing to like listening to certain series by your favorite authors, repeatedly, is it? I don't think so, anyhow.      OK, I'm gonna admit something here, I'm a very avid reader, and i love, love, love listening to audiobooks when I'm doing laundry, cleaning, or doing anything else outside of actually reading a book. So, Terri Blackstock is an awesome Christian author, she's got Good evening everyone, I've just recently finished listening to intervention by Terri Blackstock, again. It's not a bad thing to like listening to certain series by your favorite authors, repeatedly, is it? I don't think so, anyhow.      OK, I'm gonna admit something here, I'm a very avid reader, and i love, love, love listening to audiobooks when I'm doing laundry, cleaning, or doing anything else outside of actually reading a book. So, Terri Blackstock is an awesome Christian author, she's got series I still have yet to read/listen to. Intervention is the first in her intervention series, followed by vicious cycle and downfall. Intervention follows the Covington family shortly after losing dad and husband to cancer, leaving mom to single parent her two teenage children and work all while grieving and eventually moving forward. I've thankfully never had to deal with drug addiction with my kids, however, knowing people who do, I give them praise. In the book, Barbara is about at wit's end with her 18yr old, drug addicted, still grieving daughter, who's gotten herself addicted to so much, you sit and wonder how she hasn't overdosed somewhere yet, thankful that she hasn't. Barbara is so frustrated and not knowing what else to do, she brings in an interventionist to hopefully help make her daughter's transition from fallen off the wagon drug addicted daughter to rehab. The meet with the interventionist does not go anything like Barbara hoped for. Instead, she has to break down and admit it went just like the interventionist, Tricia, says it would. However, once the meet is said and done, Emily is packed and they are safely delivered to the airport, she tries checking off one stressor off her list. Just when she starts to relax a little, thinking things are going according to plan, she gets what you almost want to imagine as a frying pan to the head, finding after speaking to her daughter at baggage claim, that the final leg of the trip to rehab, goes very far south. The suspense of the story following the events that take place starting with the interventionist's demise, the disappearance of the drug addicted daughter, and the ever so helpful younger son, added to her already full plate, would definitely make me want to crawl in a hole and forget to come out again. I understand her frustration of getting that call from Atlanta's police detective regarding her daughter's interventionist being quietly killed and her disappearance from the scene, nonetheless from the airport. While listening to it, I sat and thought to myself, if that were me, would i automatically want to believe that all that transpired in between hearing that my daughter is just an hour away from rehab, and getting a call from the state's police in which they traveled to tell me I needed to also head there directly to help find out the events that took place, on top of now searching for my drug addicted daughter? I'd have also called the police station to verify that this guy actually existed and that, yes, indeed, this incident did actually happen. Crap..... how many of us, mothers or not, tried thinking in our head of all the things you need to get done in a very short time frame, and coming back to the realization that, you're not gonna get it all done in time, and, on top of it all, you have to arrange for your younger child, who hasn't gotten carried away in the ways of the world, yet, to be placed with somebody who's gonna make sure they stay in school, do homework, behave and panic that they've lost dad to cancer, sister in a whirlwind of what you think, crime you've only heard about on TV, and now mom to help untangle it all. No way, that younger child has now added a really big monkey wrench to your overflowing plate, and you haven't had a chance to stop, breathe and pray that God will wake you up from what you're hoping is just a really really bad dream, and not having hubby there to help you figure it all out. Fast forward close to a week, feeling like you're still in that clouded dream that won't seem to end, thinking you're just about reunited with your daughter, while you're son is safely on his way home via airplane, and you'll finally be able to sleep and get back to functioning like a somewhat normal human, when, yet again, another monkey wrench wreaks havoc. When you start thinking, as Barbara is, "man, when is this going to end. I'm so close to getting life, somewhat back to normal and then this, somebody, please just shoot me." Coincidentally, that almost does actually happen before this whole ordeal is finished. Imagine being that mother who's just about ready to crack, or who's in the cracking stage, adrenaline kicking in, and fear of nothing running the show you're about ready to end. When, thankfully, her knight in shining armor comes to the rescue to give her the fairy tale ending she has been hoping for way too long. I myself enjoyed listening to this series, I hope you enjoy the review also and take time to either read or listen to the last two in this series, vicious cycle and downfall. They'll get you hooked.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    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 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 doesn't feel the need to have the story be about people getting saved. A lot of Christian fiction (especially in film) falls into that trap, and the effect of the story itself often gets lost or loses its power as the audience begins to feel that it was all just a set up for an agenda. This book is certainly Christian fiction, but it is first and foremost a good thriller of a story. I highly recommend it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tina Miller

    I would really like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Reading it is like watching a TV crime show. Gripping action and scene changes between mother, cops, and daughter keep the reader drawn in. I certainly appreciate Mrs. Blackstock's emotionally honest portrayal of the grief, anger, questioning, and desperation of a parent of an addicted child. The height of that emotion as Barbara throws a chair at the TV left me hurting with her. But I was frustrated with Barbara's choices of believing the cops I would really like to give this book 3 1/2 stars. Reading it is like watching a TV crime show. Gripping action and scene changes between mother, cops, and daughter keep the reader drawn in. I certainly appreciate Mrs. Blackstock's emotionally honest portrayal of the grief, anger, questioning, and desperation of a parent of an addicted child. The height of that emotion as Barbara throws a chair at the TV left me hurting with her. But I was frustrated with Barbara's choices of believing the cops weren't caring or doing enough. In that way, the story imitates TV and loses some originality. Someone always has to go rogue to solve the mystery, and in this case, it was the mom. Perhaps some of Barbara's decisions and accusations may be what a desperate parent would actually do in real life, but they seem unrealistic to me.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joi

    I enjoyed this book but I had subtle problems with it. I liked the character of Lance, he provided comic relief. I did not like the fact that every time the mother described her daughter to someone she would always call her pretty. I got tired of that description...I felt as if it was very shallow. Every mother would describe their daughter as pretty. I enjoyed the perspective of Emily, and hearing her tell what'd happened....but I didn't really like the killer/kidnapper's POV. I feel like that I enjoyed this book but I had subtle problems with it. I liked the character of Lance, he provided comic relief. I did not like the fact that every time the mother described her daughter to someone she would always call her pretty. I got tired of that description...I felt as if it was very shallow. Every mother would describe their daughter as pretty. I enjoyed the perspective of Emily, and hearing her tell what'd happened....but I didn't really like the killer/kidnapper's POV. I feel like that was a little too much and it eventually took away the mystery aspect. I still enjoy Terri Blackstock's work and can't wait to read more of it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Valerie

    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 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 surprising. Glad I gave it a shot. Off to write that review now.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rissa

    She was an addict, going to get help. But her Chauffeur gets killed and everyone thinks she is the killer. With Emily missing her mother and brother come to try and find her to help her. They know she cant be a killer. But everyone only wants a story and an addict gone killer sounded nice to them. So they were on their own to find Emily, to save her. If she hadnt killed then she was with the killer if not she cpuld be dead somewhere too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nanette

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    C.J. Darlington

    Terri Blackstock is always a great choice if you're looking for a suspense story from a Christian worldview. She often deals with modern, real-life issues, and in Intervention that issue is drug abuse. I read this book a few years ago, but I remember it being realistic and engaging. Terri Blackstock is always a great choice if you're looking for a suspense story from a Christian worldview. She often deals with modern, real-life issues, and in Intervention that issue is drug abuse. I read this book a few years ago, but I remember it being realistic and engaging.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Reader57

    Clean christian fiction, but the sap runs thick.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mirjam

    3.5, sometimes the characters where a bit childish and/or stupid ;)

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mary-Faith

    3.5 stars This is the seventh book I've read by Terri Blackstock, and I am convinced of two things: 1) She is becoming one of my favorite authors 2) She is incapable of writing a bad book That being said, this is my least favorite book of hers that I've read. As I said, it certainly isn't bad, it just wasn't quite as good. I didn't connect with the story as much and the plot honestly didn't interest me that much. But it definitely wasn't a bad audiobook listen, and I of course feel the need to finis 3.5 stars This is the seventh book I've read by Terri Blackstock, and I am convinced of two things: 1) She is becoming one of my favorite authors 2) She is incapable of writing a bad book That being said, this is my least favorite book of hers that I've read. As I said, it certainly isn't bad, it just wasn't quite as good. I didn't connect with the story as much and the plot honestly didn't interest me that much. But it definitely wasn't a bad audiobook listen, and I of course feel the need to finish the trilogy now. (What is going to happen with Barbara and Kent? You can't just leave me hanging like that!)

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: Daughter is addict Rehab woman is murdered Did daughter do it? Christian mystery Pretty well done characters Exciting plotline

  21. 5 out of 5

    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 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 take the road of drugs and alcohol. Barbara is at her last hope and decides that it is time to get her 18yr old daughter Emily the help she needs and hires a professional interventionist, however along the way to the airport Trish (the interventionist) is found dead and Emily nowhere to be seen and becomes the only suspect in the murder of Trish. Barbara and Lance jump on a plane , to prove to the police that her daughter is not a killer , but as time goes by and the levels of panic intensify we are left with the decision of whether Emily’s addiction with drugs led her to kill or is she another victim of the murderer . An excellent written book that will keep you guessing till the end, and in parts your heart will cry out for Barbara and once you’ve finished you will be thanking God for providing the family with the faith to go on and persuade a number of different leads that seemed impossible, but as the scripture says “With Go as my saviour, anything is possible”. As with the majority of Christian books, Terri has provided us with a discussion section at the back of the book, a list of resources used and a special note from the author. Excerpt from Acknowledgements: “This book was a special labour of love, because I firmly believe that our culture is killing our kids. This story is fictional, but unfortunately, its truths apply to many families across the world today. To those who are trapped in the bondage of addiction, it’s your story too. The hill you’re climbing may look insurmountable, but Jesus came to set the captives free”

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kav

    Absolutely riveting. This author sure knows how to spin a suspenseful tale! I was completely captivated on page one. The subject matter is gritty and there are so many emotional punches -- at times I couldn't catch my breath. Page turning does not begin to describe how compelling a read Intervention is. Barbara is a relatable heroine. She's been through so much -- especially where her daughter is concerned. And yet she clings to the Lord -- looks to Him for comfort and direction. When her daugh Absolutely riveting. This author sure knows how to spin a suspenseful tale! I was completely captivated on page one. The subject matter is gritty and there are so many emotional punches -- at times I couldn't catch my breath. Page turning does not begin to describe how compelling a read Intervention is. Barbara is a relatable heroine. She's been through so much -- especially where her daughter is concerned. And yet she clings to the Lord -- looks to Him for comfort and direction. When her daughter's drug addiction upends her world she struggles to take control....only to lose it completely in an unexpected and horrific way. Suddenly her missing daughter goes from victim to suspect and Barbara doesn't trust the local police handling the case. She bulldozes through their investigation with assistance from her intrepid, computer savvy son. They drum up leads and chase them down as danger mounts and Barbara grows more desperate to save her child. I didn't put this book down until I reached the end...in the wee hours of the morning. This story is gut-wrenching and frightening as it mirrors reality. But Blackstock has also infused it with the joyous hope of Christ's saving grace. It's a story that is very close to the author's heart and that is evident in the rawness of the telling. Make sure to read the her note at the end.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    There is good suspense once the novel gets going, but it was tougher for me to like the main characters early in the novel. The "bad guy" kind of comes out of left field partway through the book too. What I liked: Blackstock didn't glamorize the drug addict's life. She let us see how much the people around the addict suffer as well as showing insight into what goes through the addict's mind; Barbara and Lance both seem to love Emily despite what she's put the family through; Lance is still able t There is good suspense once the novel gets going, but it was tougher for me to like the main characters early in the novel. The "bad guy" kind of comes out of left field partway through the book too. What I liked: Blackstock didn't glamorize the drug addict's life. She let us see how much the people around the addict suffer as well as showing insight into what goes through the addict's mind; Barbara and Lance both seem to love Emily despite what she's put the family through; Lance is still able to talk to Harlan about God even with all that's happened; Emily reaches out to God and finds He is still there, waiting for her to come to him; What I didn't like: Road Back Recovery's methods seem a bit off to me (based on Kent Harlan's visit there and what is recorded on the blog Barbara Covington reads); Barbara chooses the first rehab center that comes up on her search of Christian rehab centers--apparently without doing any further research into the treatment center--since she's paying big bucks to do this, one would think she'd want some assurance they had a decent treatment regimen; Lance doesn't listen to his mom and uses manipulative techniques to get her to give in to him--I'll justify the one where he calls Harlan to tattle on his mom when he thinks she's going to get herself into trouble, but others were not done for unselfish reasons;

  24. 4 out of 5

    Agnes (BookBubbe)

    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 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 own hands to find her daughter and the truth. I could not put this book down. I wanted to find Emily myself and help her. While her mom could not help her when Emily was in the middle of the drug world; she pulled no stops to get to her daughter despite the police warnings to stay out of it. Barbara stopped at nothing to get to her daughter even though she could lose her job, her son or her life. Amazing what a mother’s love is capable of…..but then with a little faith – all things are possible.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Aerykah

    Wow, this book went fast!! Honestly, I wasn't too sure about it to start with... but I was looking through my library's audiobook collection because I was really wanting one to listen to and this is one of the few that were currently available that I thought I might enjoy. It started off kinda slow and uninteresting. My attention lagged, and if I had been reading the book instead of listening to it, I might have given up, but I kept listening... and was rather quickly drawn deep into the story! Thi Wow, this book went fast!! Honestly, I wasn't too sure about it to start with... but I was looking through my library's audiobook collection because I was really wanting one to listen to and this is one of the few that were currently available that I thought I might enjoy. It started off kinda slow and uninteresting. My attention lagged, and if I had been reading the book instead of listening to it, I might have given up, but I kept listening... and was rather quickly drawn deep into the story! This book is fast-paced and interesting! It held my attention (after the first bit, that is) quite well! I was excited to finish it and see how everything would turn out and now I'm looking forward to starting book #2. :) Note: If you like clean mystery/suspense/thriller type books with little or zero romance... this book is for you!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This book was amazing! Ok? It is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time! Terri Blackstock is probably my favorite Christian author. Her books always hold me in suspense, especially near the end. Last night, I just couldn't stop flipping the pages, and I actually had to make myself put it away so I could eat dinner! The story of 'Intervention' was so good! I had really no clue what it was about, besides that it involved a drug addict, and when I kept reading, things just kept sur This book was amazing! Ok? It is one of the best suspense novels I've read in a long time! Terri Blackstock is probably my favorite Christian author. Her books always hold me in suspense, especially near the end. Last night, I just couldn't stop flipping the pages, and I actually had to make myself put it away so I could eat dinner! The story of 'Intervention' was so good! I had really no clue what it was about, besides that it involved a drug addict, and when I kept reading, things just kept surprising me! The characters go through some good development in this book. My favorite character is Lance, because he's always trying to help his mom. I'm giving 'Intervention 5 out of 5 stars! It was amazing!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Maddy B

    I loved this book so much, I was sad when I thought it was a stand alone. But I looked into it and found out two other books follow it!!! You will never know how excited I was about that!!! :) I don't know if there was any part in the book that I didn't like or I thought was boring! I think I loved everything about it! And the characters were fabulous!! It had a pretty good representation of the gospel compared to most books I've read. There are a few bloody scenes in the book, but it's nothing too I loved this book so much, I was sad when I thought it was a stand alone. But I looked into it and found out two other books follow it!!! You will never know how excited I was about that!!! :) I don't know if there was any part in the book that I didn't like or I thought was boring! I think I loved everything about it! And the characters were fabulous!! It had a pretty good representation of the gospel compared to most books I've read. There are a few bloody scenes in the book, but it's nothing too gory, so I would recommend it for ages 14+. But that's just my recommended age. This is a very clean read and I highly recommend it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    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 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 me back to Christian fiction.

  29. 4 out of 5

    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.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    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.

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