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Monday, March 20, 2017

Terri Blackstock: If I'm Found

By Kelly Bridgewater

Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

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My Review:

My recommendation for reading Terri Blackstock's If I Run series is to read them in order and one right after the other. I read If I Run right when it came out, and I remember the story ending in a cliff hanger, so I picked it up again when I had a copy of If I'm Found. I'm glad I did because I don't think the second one would make much sense if the first one wasn't fresh in my mind.

Again, Blackstock understands what her readers want, and she delivers. I really like the pace and movement of this series. I like how each individual story doesn't place Casey in a safe place. Instead she is on the run at the end of the book, begging me to come back to the next installment and see what she is up to. I really like the fast pace of the novel. I enjoy watching Casey, who is on the run of a supposed murder, still take the time to show her true nature. In each novel, she solves a mystery to see justice done. I admire her for thinking of others even when she is running for her own life.  One of my favorite parts is that Blackstock does not solve the overarching mystery that has Casey on the run in the first or second book. I have to keep reading the series to see what happens. I wish more books did this. In addition, Blackstock has brought back Dylan, the hero, who proves even more in If I'm Found that he truly trusts and believes in Casey. I like Dylan. He makes me smile and glad to see him on Casey's side.

Don't worry. There is some romance blooming toward the end of If I'm Found, but nothing that takes away from the constant running from the men trying to capture Casey. I like that the romance has taken a while to bloom. Casey and Dylan weren't forced into a romance in the first book, unrealistically, and allowed me to suffer through their budding relationship.

The writing is concise and clear. Blackstock starts each chapter with the character's name, so I don't become confused whose point of view I should be in. It helped a lot. The settings appeared realistic. I could draw the houses and motels in my imagination and see Casey hopping around from place to place. The one issue I had with the story is the amount of hidden CSI type things Casey has done to reach her sister or stay one step ahead of the bad guy. I know I read A LOT of mysteries, but when it comes down to running for my personal life, would I remember to do half the stuff she does? Probably not. Seems unrealistic to me.

If I'm Found is an original and unpredictable story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I finished it in one day. As for the spiritual element, Blackstock does have Dylan as a strong Christian who rubs off on Casey. Not preachy. Just offering some forgotten advice to help her. I think this book is okay for fans of any age. There is nothing offensive or disgusting for younger audiences.

In conclusion, Terri Blackstock's second installment in her If I Run series, If I'm Found captures my attention from the first page with the fast pace and characters I have come to know. I highly recommend rereading the first book, If I Run right before sitting down and reading this book, so the story flows more smoothly.

I received a complimentary copy of Terri Blackstock's If I'm Found from Thomas Nelson Publishing and the opinions stated are all my own. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would you pick up a book that is not completely solved in the novel? Or do you enjoy novels that end with a pretty bow and a happy couple hopping off into the sunset? Why?

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