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Vicious Cycle by Terri Blackstock


Cover art: Vicious Cycle Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Vicious Cycle - 2nd in the Intervention series
Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
ISBN-13: 978-0-310-3314-3
Release Date: March 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Suspense
Year/Setting: Present Day Jefferson City, Missouri
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Terri's Website/Blog: www.terriblackstock.com

Lance Covington is a good kid. He was always the stable and dependable child while his older sister, Emily, was in her spiral of drug usage. When Lance finds a baby abandoned in the back of his car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he knows from school and from his sister’s treatment facility. He wants to help her out and try to get her back to rehab so he takes the baby home and cares for her while he waits for the mom, Jordan, to show up.

When the police show up instead of Jordan and arrest him for kidnapping, Lance finds out really quickly how messed up some of our world is. He learns of a baby trafficker who pays a lot of cash to drug addicted moms who will sell their babies—off the record—to him. He also finds himself quickly immersed in a world where drugs rule and the pressure to do drugs is put on you. Can he resist and stay clean? Or will he find himself doing time for a crime he didn’t commit?

While this book is mainly about Lance, there’s quite a bit of story going on between Lance’s mother Barbara and her friend Kent Harlan. Kent is a police officer that helped a while back when Emily was in trouble. He lives in Atlanta but flies to Missouri right away to try to help clear Lance’s name. He would like to take his relationship with Barbara to a deeper level, but something always seems to stand in their way.

I realized a little bit into the book that it had to be part of a series, but reading this one first was no trouble. There’s enough back-story to keep you up to date and returning readers will get a nice refresher on what they read in the first book. I admit that I wasn’t sure I’d really like this book. It didn’t sound like anything I’d normally read—but I was wrong. It was so gripping that I couldn’t put it down. It also gave me a lot of insight into the addictions that some people in my family have battled. You truly get to see how their thoughts work and what feeling an addict is looking for when getting their next high.

I loved Lance and his desire to help out a teen in trouble. He’s stuck by his sister and wants to help Jordan, too. Barbara and Kent are also strong characters that keep the story credible. We don’t get to see as much of Emily (the sister) in this book as I think some returning readers would like; but, she plays an important role and gives us a lot of information on what happens in the seedier parts of town. She’s also very inspiring the first time she faces her addiction out of treatment. Her head-on approach moved me and I was rooting for her to stay clean and sober.

Vicious Cycle is a gripping look into the world of drugs, crime and baby trafficking. It gives you a perspective you might not have had before and will keep you on the edge of your seat.


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