If I RunTerri Blackstock
Even though Casey didn't kill her friend Brent---her clothes and car are so covered with bloody evidence that she's forced to flee and live as a fugitive until she can discover who did. Former army criminal investigator Dylan Roberts is determined to track Casey down. Can sh... Read More
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page Count: 320
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Feb 16, 2016
- UPC: 9780310332435
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 320
- Publish Date: Feb 16, 2016
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 0
- Audience Age Minimum: 0
- BISAC: "FIC042060"
- ISBN: 0310332435
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- Can't Wait for the Sequel by Seasons of Opportunities on 7/20/2016
WOW! Oh my word! When does this sequel come out? Not til next year?! I don't think I can wait that long, but ... alas, I do not have a choice.
This book was incredible, on-the-edge-of-my-seat, can't-get-anything-else-done type book! Terri had me from the very first chapter eating out of her hand, wondering, trying to read faster, and definitely NOT wanting to put this book down!
Casey's friend Brent has just been murdered and she is suspect number one. But of course, she wouldn't murder her best friend would she? If not, then why is she running?
Dylan, Brent's childhood friend and military partner has been hired as a PI to find her. But the more he learns about Casey, the more he wonders how she could have killed Brent, and yet, if she didn't why would she run. The deeper he digs, the more he uncovers and the story is not pretty.
Casey's past is a bit sketchy, having found her dad dead at age twelve. His death ruled a suicide, but Casey has always suspected otherwise. Dylan, is facing his own inner demons after several military deployments and losing some close colleagues. He suffers from PTSD, and he can understand what Casey must be feeling. He works hard to get in her head and figure out what caused her to snap. His gut feeling though, tells him she didn't do it, yet he knows he has to go with facts not feelings.
This is the first book I have read by Terri, but it left me longing for more. I will definitely be looking up more of her books. The end although giving some resolution also leaves us at a bit of a cliffhanger as the series continues! I am eagerly looking forward to the next one.
I received this book from Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not required to review this book positively.
- A thrilling, fast read by Emilie on 2/11/2016
A gripping, thrill-inducing read that will captivate you with brilliant writing and twist up on twist.
Let's face it. You will likely lose sleep over this book. I know that I did. But it was actually a very fast read--one that I greatly enjoyed.
The most noticeable thing initially was the fact that Terri wrote in first person, present tense--with two points of view! Personally, I love this. Not every book should be written like this, but I think she made a fantastic choice. The present tense creates a sense of action and the first person perspective allows for more blow-by-blow action. I feel like Terri did a good job of keeping Casey and Dylan separate as characters on the page. The risk you run with two points of view in first person is that they start to sound the same (um, Allegiant anyone?), but I didn't get that feeling at all.
As for the plot, I liked it. It made me think of Safe Haven (at least the movie) but with its own twists. One of the only hesitations I had was a subplot that kicks in toward the 2/3rds mark (eh, maybe a little less). I won't say what it is to avoid spoilers, but it seemed a little too convenient for me - like something was needed to keep the action going and so "it" appeared. I didn't like how "unattached" to Casey (sort of) and Dylan it really was, though it did a great job of creating interest and keeping up the suspense. Yes, I realize all of that is vague...
Casey and Dylan were intriguing characters. I feel like--which is usually the case for the first book in a series--we're only getting the top layer of them though. I mean, things are revealed and motivations run deep, but there's so much more I want to know. Along these lines, there really isn't a romantic element...at least not in the traditional sense. I have a feeling it's coming, and I'll be interested to see how Terri accomplishes it, but I honestly didn't miss it. Don't get me wrong--I love me a good romance, but there is so much going on you won't miss it.
My end thoughts? A definite recommend from me. I already know it's going on my top books of 2016. Yes, it's an easy read. Yes, it may have been a little convenient in parts. And yes, it may be shorter than it could have been. But, in reality, I really enjoyed it and found myself literally talking out loud to the book and gripping the pages because I didn't know what was going to happen. That, in my book (um, pun intended?) equals a great read!
If you love suspense, mystery, intrigue, and just a good story--get this book.
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I received a free copy of this book for review purposes, but was under no obligation to read the book or post a review. I do so under my own motivation and the opinions I have expressed in this review are honest and entirely my own.
- Blackstock at Her Best!! by Babbling Becky L on 2/8/2016
Absolutely loved this new book and new series by the same name, If I Run, by Terri Blackstock. Glad to see she is returning strongly to the romantic suspense genre that originally earned her physical shelf space in my house (a rare thing).
Told in first person pov,with two different narrators,the pursued and the pursuer, eventually the reader pieces enough information together to form an opinion in the case.
We start out by meeting Casey Cox, who is on the lam after discovering a friend's body. Turns out said friend, Brent, was investigating the supposed suicide of Casey's cop father years earlier. Casey quickly goes AWOL, meeting a wonderful "Miss Lucy" on her journeys. Casey has the smarts to stay hidden,except...her biggest fault is an overwhelming need to help other people.
Back home, Brent's parents help the police department by hiring their son's best friend, Dylan Roberts, to find Casey and bring her home. Dylan's credentials? He's former Army Criminal Investigations Division. Problem is, PTSD stopped that career and may prove too monumental for Dylan to overcome to achieve his objective.
It was a great relief to finish the book and be able to breathe freely, without looking over my shoulder in Casey's stead. It was a disappointment to discover that the series has only begun, and now we'll have to wait to find out what truly happens to Casey and Dylan.
"Facts are one thing, but truth cuts to the heart." Blackstock gently inserts nuggets of Truth throughout the novel, encouraging her characters to consider God's path. This is never heavy-handed. A heart-felt afterward
urges readers to acknowledge that a God Who could create a majestic universe surely cares for his human creation...Waiting anxiously for Book Two!!
I gratefully received an e-galley of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Exciting by Vera on 1/27/2016
The story is told from the viewpoint of the male and female protagonists. Casey is the young woman fugitive who is running for her life. Dylan is the young man who has been engaged by the parents of the slain man to find Casey who is suspected of killing their son.
As each speaks and we learn what is happening from their points of view. We see an intelligent, strong young woman who has instincts for survival and the financial means to do so because she has a small inheritance from her deceased father. The death of this deceased father who was a cop is pretty much the key to the entire If I Run situation.
Dylan and, yes, Casey both are are dealing with the terrors of PTSD in their lives. His from serving in the military and her's from her father's death.
The side-plot in this story involves Casey discovering a crime of long-standing and sacrificing her own safety and fugitive status to rescue a victim of this crime. Exciting! Terrifying! Spellbinding!
As the reader flips page after page of this engaging read, he or she will find himself questioning "Would I run?" "Would I save the victim?" "Would I.......?"
Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review from publicist on behalf of publisher and author.
- Justice for Yourself or for Another Person? by Suzie on 1/18/2016
Save Yourself of Save Someone Else?
I’ve been a fan of Terri Blackstock’s writing for years when I was working in a Christian bookstore while in college and stumbled across her Newport 911 series. And then I devoured her books when they came out. But I did not remember her writing most of her books in first person POV (and yes, I went back and looked, most of her books are written in third person POV). But her latest, If I Run (available Feb 16, 2016), proves that she is a master of both styles.
Casey Cox is on the run. There’s no use cleaning up after herself. Her dad was a cop. She knows how difficult it is to cover up evidence when you’ve pre-planned. Not when you’ve walking into your best friend’s house to find him dead and instead of calling the cops, you go into shock, trying to save him, tromping around in his blood. The only option left is to run, to save your family the embarrassment of a murder trial.
Hired by the victim’s parents to find Casey, Dylan Roberts (a soldier with the stigma of PTSD) has questions from the beginning of his search. The girl is smart, always seems to be a few steps ahead of him. But when he begins to dig around, to speak with Casey’s friends and family, he doesn’t believe she’s got the MO of a murderer. Does she have her own form of PTSD? What made her snap?
This book is intense from the first paragraph with Casey wiping the blood off the soles of her shoes. I couldn’t help but root for her as she used her intelligence and knowledge of police procedures to escape. Dylan seems like a good guy, one who wants to do the right thing, despite his PTSD. He wants to find the person who murdered his friend.
And while the book is written in first person (from both Casey’s and Dylan’s points of view), it does not distract from the story. In fact, getting into these two character’s heads is what gives the story more depth. Some of the people Casey meets as she flees from a murder conviction, and what she believes will be her death, are lovable and friendly. They share the hope of Jesus with her. They want her in the family of God.
She doubts a God who would allow the tragedies that had happened to her to take place. Yet, when she’s in some of her darkest moments, she finds herself crying out to him.
I will warn readers, this book does not have a neat and tidy, satisfying ending. No, there are strings left undone, questions left unanswered, just like in real life. While I’m hoping we may catch up with Casey and Dylan in a future book, this one does not look like part of a series, so it may only be wishful thinking on my part. But still, an entertaining read worth delving into.
***Zondervan Fiction provided me with a complimentary copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.