Reviewed by Amanda Schafer

All of us have a past, but Emily Covington’s past involves drugs and ruined relationships with her family members. When Emily’s mom, Barbara, relocates to Atlanta, it’s like a fresh, new start for Emily. She’s been through rehab, is attending college, and is working diligently to regain the trust of her family. As Emily leaves for school one morning, she hears a loud pop from under her car. Lance, Emily’s brother, sees smoke and helps Emily get out of the car. The police discover that a bomb had been taped to the underside of her car and thankfully malfunctioned.

As Emily tries to figure out who could have done this, she also finds out that a couple of people from her past have been murdered. Worse yet, there is evidence at the crime scenes that implicates Emily. Now Barbara is struggling with whom to believe and what to do. Emily decides that the only way to prove her own innocence is to find the murderer herself. Barbara’s boyfriend, Kent, is a police detective who is trying to advise Emily on what to do and what not to do. But when Emily’s house is broken into, Kent makes it his own personal responsibility to protect the family.

To make matters worse, Lance struggles to make friends in his new school. When he finally feels like he has a friend in April, she starts hanging around a guy names Tyson who is known for drug use and distribution. Lance encourages April to stay away from Tyson but she refuses. When Emily finds out that Lance is determined to stick close to April, she worries about Lance falling prey to drug use.

Downfall is the third book in the Intervention series by Blackstock. As I was reading, I could tell that I missed some things by not reading the other books first, but Blackstock does a pretty good job of bringing the reader up to speed. The best part of the book, in my opinion, was how real and true to life the lack of trust and doubting was between mother and daughter. Barbara wants so baldy to trust Emily, but finds it hard to when their lives have been so destroyed by Emily’s actions. On the flip side, we see Emily taking those feelings and spurring herself to do better each day. It’s a daily struggle that many people don’t see and Terri Blackstock does a great job of shedding light on a sensitive subject.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Also by Terri Blackstock: Shadow in Serenity

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Zondervan. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.