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An Intervention Novel
By Terri Blackstock
When a member of a family gets into some type of trouble or problem, it is normal that the entire family is affected. So even though Emily Covington had left the drug scene behind and was now going to college, her mother and brother were still not totally over everything they had already gone through--at least not enough to completely trust her... Understandable, but it still adds pressure to the one who was the center of the situation...
So when Emily found herself right in the middle, and, possibly, even a target, she felt she had to discover what was happening in order to overcome the impression that she had again fallen...
In addition to taking classes, Emily had also started desk coverage at a local rehab center. Her mother had not been happy, since she was right in the center of those involved with drugs, but Emily felt she was doing a good job. During a break one day, she had overheard a conversation between two men who had just finished watching a Hitchcock movie. She quickly forgot about the whole situation until she heard that the wife of one of the men involved had been murdered.
But then, a bomb was placed under Emily's car so that it set fire when she started it. Luckily her brother was there and helped her get out so that only the car was destroyed. Sooo, was she a target in general or was the one responsible for the murder of the woman wanting to get rid of her as a witness to that fateful conversation.
Then the wife of the other man was murdered! But not before Emily had tried to prevent it by calling her, the police, and finally driving to her home to explain. Unfortunately her actions were perceived as aggressive. She was put in jail on the charge of murder...
Fortunately, there is a romance between Emily's mother and a cop. But even that relationship proved to be part of the problem since he had to take himself off the case and could not officially help...
The "aftermath" of the addiction issue is what is truly spotlighted in this novel and, in my opinion, it is an important one. No matter whether it is drugs, alcohol or some other addiction, society in the U.S. does not let it be forgotten. And yet, the most important thing to that individual is to know that they are still accepted and loved...and trusted...as they were in the past. Thank you Terri for this important aspect being covered so effectively!
The suspense of the murder mystery is fascinating and keeps those of us who want to solve the crime quickly on edge. I had picked up a hint early so I wasn't quite so lost during the investigation, but the intrigue kept me interested to the last page. BTW, I enjoyed the author's note at the end...and there are a set of questions for book clubs included... I personally was inspired by Emily own actions as she tried to deal with once again being in the midst of turmoil with her family... Highly recommended...for many reasons!