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Friday, February 19, 2016

Terri Blackstock: If I Run

By Kelly Bridgewater

Description (From Amazon):

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.

From Amazon
My Review:

I’m a huge fan of Terri Blackstock’s writing. She always creates suspense or mysteries that relate to something that is happening in the news today. I don’t think she does it on purpose that is just the way the story happens to fall. Blackstock always grabs my attention with her thrilling plotlines, diverse characters, and great writing, and If I Run is no expectation.

If I Run starts out completely in Casey Cox’s perspective for a while, and I kept wondering why I was following this girl as she ran from home after she showed us the blood on her shoes. I knew Blackstock wouldn’t lead me down a certain path unless there was a good reason for it, so I stuck with it. Boy, am I glad that I did.

The action picks up and doesn’t let go. While I flip through the pages, anxious to learn what is going to happen to Casey as she travels from Oklahoma to Atlanta and further south, I didn’t want to put the story down and have to return to it. I wanted to see if Casey would get caught and spill the beans about what actually happen or would she go to jail for a crime she didn’t commit. If I Run is a true suspense since there is no romance between Casey and Dylan. They only meet for about ten minutes near the end of the book, which excited me.

Casey, the ultimate heroine, doesn’t believe the crime forces conclusion about her father’s suicide from twelve years earlier. On the hunt for the truth, she involves her reporter friend Brent, who ends up dead. While on the run, she runs into Lucy who has a granddaughter who has been missing for two years. This haunts Casey. Even though she is on the run, she stops and tries to solve this case because she feels a connection to Lucy, the elderly grandmother she never had. Blackstock includes a duel narrator in Dylan who used to be in the army but investigated army crimes. He is on the hunt for Casey to bring her home to question her on the death of Brent, his childhood friend, but as the story progresses, he starts to wonder if Casey is innocent or a great faker.

The idea for If I Run is completely original and unpredictable because usually in most mystery novels I have read, I have gotten the story from the person who has been kidnapped or Casey would have actually done the deed. But Blackstock switches what I expected and made me watch Casey and Dylan as they tried to piece together the truth. Blackstock even allows Casey to be a smart heroine who knows how to throw the police off her trail. The ending was left as a cliff-hanger, which irritated me, but deep inside, I jumped for joy. I always wanted a mystery or suspense book that didn’t completely give away all its secrets in the first book. Blackstock is begging for me to return to the second book and find out what will happen to Casey.

Always thrilling, Terri Blackstock created a complete original with a cliffhanger ending that had me mad and happy at the same time with her latest novel If I Run. I really can’t wait to see what happens to Casey and Dylan.

I received a complimentary copy of If I Run from Zondervan Publishing and the opinions stated are my own. 

My Rating:  4 out of 5 Stars

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