In Vicious Cycle, the Covington family is back. It's a year after Intervention and Emily is about to come home from drug rehab. But now her little brother Lance is the one in trouble. He finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car -- she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's befriended. Before he can take the infant somewhere for help, the police are on his doorstop arresting him for kidnapping. And the story is off.
I loved this story! I cared deeply about the Covingtons from the first book, but the author does a masterful job of writing in such a way that you don't need to read Intervention to get caught in Vicious Cycle's web. This plot went so many directions it was almost impossible to keep up. And I cared so deeply about the baby's mother that as she made wrong choice followed by good choice followed by wrong choice I kept wanting to see if she'd get it right in the end. Ultimately, this is a story of redemption. A story that shows we should never give up hope. In each other or in ourselves. I loved it!
I have enjoyed reading Terri Blackstock's books in the past, but this book is incredible. I received the book on Friday and had it finished by Monday. I could hardly put the book down. I share all my books I enjoy. I enjoyed the storyline very much. Keep it up!!!
Terri has been my favorite author for some time. She is a great inspiration to me as I want to write in the mystery/suspense category like her. With her latest release, Vicious Cycle, she gives me more reason to keep her on the top of my list.
Vicious Cycle takes place a year or so after the first book in the series, Intervention. Of course, there are returning characters such as Barbara, Lance and Emily Covington and Kent Harlan. If a person who hasn't read Intervention, these characters may seem a little less 3-D, so to speak, than they would like. But that is why it is a series. We are, however, introduced to a knew protagonist named Jordan. Terri puts everything that is needed into Jordan to make her feel real.
The plot was definitely intriguing and the end had me almost falling out of my bed, wanting to know what happens.
As usual, Terri deals with present-day issues in this book. The issues dealt with in Vicious Cycle are crystal meth addiction and baby trafficking. I believe that these things need to be talked about and realized more in our world and I am glad that Terri does it in this book.
All in all, I recommend this book very highly! If you love great suspense and characters, read this book and all other books by Terri!