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Intervention by Terri Blackstock

Reviewed by C.J. Darlington

"...page-turning suspense as only Terri Blackstock can deliver..."

An intervention is eighteen-year-old Emily Covington’s last chance. It’s also her mother Barbara’s last hope. But what starts out as a rescue plan for the teen quickly evolves into a nightmare. Within hours Emily’s interventionist is found dead at the airport, and Emily herself has disappeared. All fingers point to the girl as the prime suspect. Barbara can’t believe her daughter would do such a thing, but does she really know her anymore? What if in a desperate attempt to escape treatment she did the unthinkable and took a human life? This question keeps the suspense flowing through each chapter. We discover along with Barbara her daughter’s hidden life and what really caused Emily’s downward spiral.

No one wakes up one day and decides to become an addict. In most cases there’s a defining event, usually tragic, that left unresolved can create all the negative emotions an addict is looking to numb. In Emily’s case, it’s the death of her father.

How can a girl from a good family with no history of violence or addiction fall so far? Emily talks about it in her journals, which her mother reads throughout the story. The words are startling and painful. Barbara has tried so hard to keep her family together and to be the strong one, but could what she thought was strength have been coldness to her children?

With the help of her tech savvy younger son Lance, Barbara throws herself into bringing her daughter home alive. She will find her. But Detective Kent Harlan isn’t so sure. He’s trying to do his job, and he doesn’t need a meddling mother interfering with his case. Yet he can’t deny his admiration for Barbara’s determination and dogged belief in Emily’s innocence.

Like its TV counterpart, Intervention shows us the devastating affects of addiction, especially to the addict’s family. But perhaps the title is a bit misleading. The actual intervention is only the springboard for this suspense novel, concluded by chapter four. More focus is given to Barbara coming to grips with the root of Emily’s issues and her own blindness to her daughter’s pain. It’s not that she’s been a bad mother. She’s tried in every way she knows how to provide for her children. But sometimes healing can’t be brought through our own strength. Barbara has to learn how to lean on the Lord not only for Emily’s safety, but soon also for her own.

Intervention is a riveting novel that shines the spotlight on the drug epidemic among our nation’s youth. Will we, like Barbara, unwittingly turn a blind eye to those hurting and abused among us, or will we reach out and offer hope before they end up in Emily’s shoes? May Intervention be our call to action. We’ll be served some terrific, page-turning suspense as only Terri Blackstock can deliver along the way.

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C.J. DarlingtonC.J. Darlington is the award-winning authof of Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, and Ties that Bind. She is a regular contributor to Family Fiction Digital Magazine and NovelCrossing.com. A homeschool graduate, she makes her home in Pennsylvania with her family and their menagerie of dogs, a cat, and a paint horse named Sky. Visit her online at her author website. You can also look her up at Twitter and Facebook.