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If I Run by Terri Blackstock – Book Review

If I Run Book Cover If I Run
Terri Blackstock
Christian Mystery & Suspense
Zondervan
February 16, 2016
ebook
319
BookLook Bloggers/Harper Collins Publishing

Book Description:

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’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.

My Review:

First of all, I need to tell you a couple of things. 1) I am already a fan of Terri Blackstock's work, so I was looking forward to reading this one. 2) This is the first book in the If I Run Series. I was not aware of this when I agreed to read this one. Now I feel like I can tell you exactly what I think about this book.

Let's talk about the main character, Casey Cox.  She is one smart cookie. I think she watches too much Criminal Minds or CSI reruns. For being innocent, she sure knows how to run from the law.

Now, Dylan Roberts is such a good guy who is trying to do the right thing. In my opinion, it looks like they could eventually work on her case together and fall in love in the process. But that is just me hoping for a happy ending in the series, because they never even meet in this book.

If the details of this story were yarn, they would be woven into a beautiful piece of art. Needless to say, it is well-written.  It is written in first-person from the viewpoint of Casey and Dylan. It is a bit unpredictable, and perfectly paced. Blackstock is able to write about faith without being preachy or over the top. This one will be on my Best Reads of 2016 list. 

I do have to tell you that I seriously gasped and almost threw my kindle across the room. Almost. When I agreed to read this book, I had no idea that it was the first in a series. I'll just say this, cliff. hanger. Cliffhanger! I wasn't thrilled, but I will be sending Terri a message to find out when the next in the series will be out.

Thank you to Booklook Bloggers who furnished me with a digital copy in exchange for my honest opinion.

Reviews

Downfall by Terri Blackstock – A Review

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Book Description:

Emily Covington has turned her life around after a drug addiction, but her family still has trouble trusting her. Though Emily has committed herself to a year-long treatment program and has been sober for almost a year beyond that, even her mother walks on eggshells around her, fearing she'll relapse. After her behavior during her drug years, Emily realizes she has a lot to prove.

When police discover a homemade bomb under Emily's car, and she then learns the wife of one of her friends was murdered that same morning, she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why?

A conversation she had with two men, an Alfred Hitchcock movie, and a plan for a double murder all conspire for one explosive ride … and Emily is the only one who can identify the killer and save the life of the next potential victim. As she frantically works to solve this ever more complicated puzzle, Emily finds herself playing right into the killer's hands.

My Review:

When I was asked to review this book I didn't realize that this was the third and final book in Terri Blackstock's Intervention Series, and I hadn't read the first two books.   I jumped right in, and two hours later realized that I really needed to get up and get some things done before my husband got home.  Blackstock has done a great job of giving us all the details we need to stay caught up in the story.

After reading the first chapter of Downfall, I started questioning whether this was really a Christian fiction book.  It is, but it is more of a thriller. There are twists and turns in this storyline that kept me guessing the entire time. 

There are several things I like about this book; it flows so smoothly, the characters are true to life, and after watching CSI, Criminal Minds, and NCIS I have to say that this is a believable story.  It is a thriller, but it isn't so far fetched that have a hard time getting into it.  Blackstone has the ability to lasso your interest and tie it down for hours at a time. 

Great read!

I'm pretty sure I am going to have to get the other two books in this series now.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.