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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Riveting Suspense: If I Run (Review)

Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.


Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?


Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.
If I Run
Book #1
Terri Blackstock
Pub Date: 2/2016
Zondervan
Genre: Suspense, Christian Fiction
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If I Run, the start of Terri Blackstock's new series, immediately opens to a scene that is both worrying and intriguing. It raises questions that beg to be answered as readers stumble upon a young women who appears to be fleeing from the law. A traumatic event from her past left Casey Cox with a deep mistrust of police, so when she finds the body of her best friend, she believes her only choice is to run as far as possible before they blame her for his murder.

Everything about If I Run riveted me as I tried to unravel Casey's story. As it unfolded I almost felt like I was reading a cozy mystery, but there aren't enough elements for it to fall completely in that category. Her story is interesting before you get all the details, and when you become privy to the truth her story becomes something greater. Between the alternating perspectives of Casey and the private investigator hired to find her If I Run shows its layers. These layers are cleverly arranged to form an engaging, suspenseful story that will beg to be finished in one sitting.

Dylan and Casey are on opposite sides of the investigation. However, he believes that bringing Casey to face justice could be his way to a normal life. A way for him to overcome the PTSD that makes others regard him as unstable or unpredictable. As the chase intensifies so does his investigation to understand Casey's motives and state of mind, but things aren't adding up. Another layer is added to keep readers guessing about the outcome of this game of cat and mouse. The heart-pounding climax of the plot serves to increase the dramatic element of the story while clearly showing the truth of the heroine. I must say that the strength of these characters is obvious if only they could see it themselves, as well.

The high emotions make If I Run an intense read that completely engages you in the story. Going from one with little faith, Casey learns that she's not alone in so many ways. As a person who loves people, it's a lesson that brings her some form of comfort. I honest can't imagine the course of the next book, but I can't wait to see how her story plays out in the next title, If I'm Found. I know that the ending will not be disappointing!
*Review copy provided in exchange for an honest review*


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