If I Run, by Terri Blackstock

book coverPublisher’s Overview:

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.

Continue reading for an excerpt of If I Run and my thoughts on the book. There’s also a video of Terri Blackstock talking about her newest release, and a link to a very special Fitbit giveaway.

My Take:

Have you ever read a book without knowing it was the start of the series? That was me reading If I Run. The ending was so unsatisfying I had to hope it was just a cliffhanger and that there was more to come, because this isn’t a story that’s wrapped up by the final page. This is Terri Blackstock’s new series, about a young woman named Casey who discovers the body of her best friend and just knows the local police will never accept that she’s innocent. This isn’t the first time Casey has been the one to find the deceased. Back then, the death was determined to be suicide but she never believed that. Could this second death be related?

If I Run Terri BlackstockIf I Run sets up the cat and mouse chase involving Casey and Dylan and takes them from Louisiana to Georgia, via Oklahoma and Texas. In the process, they have to decide who they can trust and if they can trust each other. It’s an answer the reader learns early on, as well as the identity of the bad guys. Meanwhile, Casey gets involved in the disappearance of a teenage girl in the town where she begins her new life. Saving her could mean an end to Casey’s running.

It’s a book I couldn’t put down, which is why I was disappointed it ended how it did. I love that there will be two more books. Will the bad guys catch Casey or can she be exonerated? Will Dylan continue to track her or will he become another target? I can’t wait to find out.

Thank you to Zondervan and Litfuse Publicity for my complimentary electronic Advanced Review Copy of If I Run, which I received in exchange for my honest review.

This review is part of a Litfuse Publicity blog tour.

Excerpt

Do you plan to read If I Run? Let me know your thoughts.

Publisher: Zondervan (a division of HarperCollins)

Publication Date: 16 February 2016

Page Count: 320

Read more on:   Terri Blackstock’s website   Zondervan’s Website

Purchase on:   Amazon   Barnes & Noble   Books-a-million   Christianbook.com

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