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May 19, 2017

Shelley Liked: If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Series: If I Run 1
Format: Paperback | 305 pages
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Publisher
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
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.




IF I RUN is the first installment in new to me author Teri Blackstock's If I Run trilogy. The story follows two characters: Casey Cox and Dylan Roberts. The author actually alternatives narratives between the two, and it's in the first person format. Casey is a woman who is between a rock and a hart place. After discovering her best friend Brent Pace dead, she chooses to run, instead of facing the justice system. Dylan, an army veteran with PTSD, is hired by Brent's parents to track Casey down and bring her back to face justice.

What's pretty obvious to me is that Casey did the correct thing when she decided to run and not look back. Without going into spoiler-y territory, Casey's past plays a huge role in what happens in this book. Casey is far from stupid in fact, she's quite smart at most of the things she does here. I say most, because Casey is the sort of person who doesn't like to turn a blind eye to injustices she sees even if her actions could come back to haunt her. After all, she's on the run. She is supposed to keep her head down while she tries to figure out a way to save herself.

Dylan is a man of faith. A man who suffers from PTSD. A man who has the position of having to track down Casey because Brent was his friend, and his family trusts Brent to do what's right. As Dylan starts sifting through the so called evidence, and the fact that the police are only really looking at Casey, things just don't add up. Dylan finds things about Casey's past that really, in a way, links them. They have both faced situations that left marks on their souls. Dylan becomes aware that Casey isn't the villain that most have set her up to be.

So, this is something new for me. IF I RUN is a story that is heavily influenced in Christian Fiction. I was offered a copy of this story straight from the publisher, and choose to read it because I am all in favor of reading suspense and mystery novels. I am not one who who normally reads Christian Fiction, but I am not one who will shriek and run away from reading it either. I will say that if you like a good mystery, read the book.






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11 comments:

  1. Sounds pretty good and like quite the set up!

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  2. Christian fiction gets a bad rep all the time. And I don't know why. I guess it's the idea that all of them are preachy in some way. I'm all for a good mystery and suspense so I might try this one.

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  3. Oh, that does sound like a good premise. I love how she is number one suspect, but there is more to it and he is on her trail and on the trail of the truth.

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  4. I don't tend to gravitate toward christian fiction, BUT I do like a good mystery. Thanks for sharing.

    -Lauren
    www.letsgetbeyondtolerance.blogspot.com

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  5. sorry it wasn't a bit more than that

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  6. Wow. That cover! Sounds like a very good read. And great start to a new series. Thanks!

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  7. I like the way the characters sound, and am always up for a really good mystery and suspense novel. Hugs...

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  8. Hey There! Just stopping by to say hello and hope all is well. Hugs...

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