Murder mysteries are not generally the genre I read, but I really enjoyed this book by Terri Blackstock.
It's not only a murder mystery you see, there's so much more going on.
First and foremost is the story of Emily trying to rebuild her life after overcoming a drug-addiction, and her also her mother's struggle with learning to trust her daughter and God. Then there is EMily's younger brother who is beginning to have to fight the same temptations his sister succumbed to years ago.
Then the murders begin to pile on and suspicion falls on Emily.
Now here is what I loved about this book.
Her mother and her brother may be struggling with everything that's going on, but Emily stands firm in her faith in God and in her belief that she is a new creature and He will take care of her.
How I envied her faith! Especially after all she had been thgrough. Or maybe it was because of all she had been through that she was able to trush the Lord so completely.
I took a lot from this book.
The mystery is also greatly written, after all Terri is a master in this genre, and kept me guessing until almost the last page. But, as I said before, the book has so much more to give than an edge-of-your-seat murder mystery.
It is about trusting God where nothing seems to be making any sense.
Personally, I prefer Ms Blackstock's earlier work. I did enjoy this final book in the Intervention series though. The plot kept me guessing the entire time. The action is constant, characters believable, and the suspense continuous. Anyone who reads this book should probably start with the first one in the series.
Downfall by Terri Blackstock is sthe final novel in the Addiction series. I have not read any of the previous books in the series, but come to find out that is not necessary. The reader is given a bit of a backstory, and can completely follow the plot without having read any of the other books in the series.
Downfall is about a recovering drug addict, Emily, who lives with her drama queen mother and her borderline ignored brother, Lance. Her mom's boyfriend, Kent is a detective on the police force, which comes in handy with this family since they are always doing something illegal (or being blamed for illegal activity). Emily, who works in a rehab center, gets caught in the crossfire of multiple murders and then framed for the murders. She and Kent have to solve the crime without driving Emily over the edge and back into using drugs.
This is a pretty good book. I like when I can pick up a book and not have to read the rest of the series. The mystery and plot was good. I didn't figure out who the murderer was until about the last 1/4 of the book. It was a quick read. Only fault I have is that the characters, though clear and detailed, where not easy to like. The women where kinda dumb and the mom was like a pit bull when it came to drama. If she could scream and cry, she would. The men tended to be chronic hero-wanna-bes. Though I don't think it's gonna be a classic, I will read Terri Blackstock again. She was a pretty good read.
I received this book free from Zondervan for the purpose of review. I received no compensation.
If you are looking for an exciting mystery that holds your attention and keeps you wanting to continue, look no further. Terri Blackstock has done it again in her latest Intervention Novel - DOWNFALL -.
Emily Covington has been clean for two years and things are beginning to look like new beginnings for her family. Emily is in college, they have moved to a new location and everything is going well until the Avenger decides it is time to take action. He starts with Emily's car by planting a bomb and that really is the most minimal of his acts.
Emily is put in a position to have her faith, actions and heart tested. Her integrity comes into question and only one thing will make that clear to the authorities who arrest her for two murders.