Friday, March 25, 2011

CFBA: Book Review: Vicious Cycle

Vicious Cycle (Intervention, Book 2)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Vicious Cycle
Zondervan (February 22, 2011)
Terri Blackstock


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Besides entertaining her readers, Terri tackles issues that she hopes will change lives. Her recent book, Predator, was inspired by her experiences on Facebook and Twitter, and her concern that people posted too much personal information about themselves. The book deals with an online predator who uses social networks as his playground. She hopes the book will change readers’ online habits. Her New York Times best-seller, Intervention, was inspired by her own personal struggles with a daughter on drugs. In the book, a mother hires an interventionist for her drug-addicted daughter. But on the way to treatment, the interventionist is murdered, and the daughter disappears. Barbara, the mother, sets out to search for her daughter. Terri modeled Barbara after herself, and poured many of her own emotions and experiences into that character. As a result, many families experiencing drug addiction have written to thank her for telling their story and giving them hope. Vicious Cycle, Book Two of the Intervention Series, releases February 22, 2011. She’s currently working on Book Three.

Other recent books include a stand-alone novel called Double Minds, as well as Last Light, Night Light, True Light and Dawn’s Light (from her acclaimed Restoration Series). She is also known for her popular Newpointe 911 Series and Cape Refuge Series. Terri makes her home in Mississippi, where she and her husband Ken are enjoying their empty nest after raising three children.

Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.


When fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she's the newborn daughter of a meth addict he's been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan---the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies.

In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Vicious Cycle, go HERE.

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This is book 2 in the Intervention Series, and it is Vicious indeed!  As I read this book I felt deeply fortunate for the kind of life my family lives.  When you read of Emily in drug rehab and of 15 year old Jordan who has a meth baby and the intense struggles she has you will be reminded that there are truly people out there with these problems.  They most likely don't have the drama in their lives that unfolds in this book, but I'm sure they have the personal struggles with drugs like those in the book.  It is a humbling read and makes you want to grab your children and hold them tight.

When 15 year old Lane is thrown into the mix and lands in jail you realize how scary life is, how easily it is to be in the wrong place and be wrongly accused, Lane's only problem was having a loving heart.  I thought this was an excellent book, it certainly opened my eyes and I would recommend having your teens read it, just to see how terrible this addiction is. 

**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA



  1. I love your book reviews, but I gotta ask. How fast do you read??!! It seems like you post a review a day. It's hard enough for me to get one posted a week. Props to you.

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  3. Hello Cathy, actually I am a very fast reader, I can read a book in one or two nights! As I read the books I pre-post my reviews since I do actually have spurts..spurts as in a day or two where I don't have a book to review, that way it all evens out! I read in bed at night and have a lot of really late nights, but it's my passion so I don't mind.

    Thanks for your comment!


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