Book Review: If I Run

15 Feb

UnknownCasey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they’ve 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.

TBlackstock-294Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

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My Impressions:

Terri Blackstock is one of my all time favorite authors of suspense fiction. I have been reading her books for years. If I Run is a prime example of why she is a go-to author for me. Wow! Just wow! This book has it all. The action takes off from page one with fresh and intriguing characters taking center stage with a unique first person, present tense voice. I found myself turning the pages faster and faster as I held my breath. The exhale finally came, and I can honestly say this is a 5-star book! Highly recommended!

Casey Cox is a woman on the run. With all the evidence pointing towards her as her friend’s killer, she is desperately trying to escape what could certainly be her own death. Dirty cops are chasing her as is a former Army CID agent, Dylan Roberts, who has struggles of his own. As the truth slowly emerges, Casey leads Dylan on a twisting, turning cross-country pursuit.

The first thing that will strike a reader of If I Run is the point of view. Alternating between the two main characters, the first person/present tense puts the reader right in the middle of the action. This intensifies the suspense and ramps up the action. The characters are unique and Blackstock does a great job of introducing their backstories. Secondary characters play a vital roles as well. The reader is let in on the mystery a bit at a time, and soon finds out things are not as they seem. If I Run is the first in a 3-part series, and the ending resolves only part of the story.

My book club has chosen If I Run for its May selection. I don’t know if I can wait that long to discuss it. It is a riveting read, and I predict my book club is going to love it. It is above and beyond what we have come to expect from Terri Blackstock.

Highly recommended.

Audience: adults.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to LitFuse and Zondervan for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



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7 Responses to “Book Review: If I Run”

  1. Karen Collier February 15, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    Sounds like a great read! And the uncommon viewpoint sounds like fun. 🙂

    • rbclibrary February 15, 2016 at 10:27 am #

      The only negative to this book is I have a wait for the next one. 😉

  2. Rissi February 15, 2016 at 11:45 pm #

    Sounds as if this is a must read! I do like Terri’s books, so at some point I’ll need to pick this one up. Perhaps on my next B&N shopping trip. 🙂

    • rbclibrary February 16, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      Run out and get it ;)! I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

  3. Sue February 17, 2016 at 12:15 pm #

    How soon is book two coming out? I so want to read the rest of the series while IF I RUN is fresh on my mind. I like how the relationship between Casey and Dylan is developing and they don’t even realize it.

    • rbclibrary February 17, 2016 at 1:48 pm #

      I have checked on Blackstock’s website and didn’t see anything about upcoming releases. Zondervan may have info. I did see the proposed covers for all 3 a while back. Very cool.


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