If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Summary:

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 truthThat’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 Thoughts:

Moment of truth. The cover of this book caught my attention the first time I saw it in a bookstore. I just love this cover. So when our book club gals were trying to decide on our March read, and they wanted a mystery or thriller, this book came to mind. I didn’t know the plot, hadn’t read this author before, but I knew the cover was fabulous. So I suggested it. I sat down to read it earlier this week, opened to the first page and saw that this book is written in first person, present tense. For the one or two of you who may actually read and follow my blog posts you will know that I struggle with books written from a first person perspective. Throw in present tense and I was read to toss in the towel before page 2. But…this was our March book. I have never not read and finished one of our books, and had no reason for letting my personal preferences keep me from getting it done. So, I pressed on. Honestly speaking, I struggled until the half way mark of the book. I was super distracted by the way it was written. Again, this is not a complaint against the writing, its my own preference. And then something seemingly magical started to happen and it all kind of melted away. I was getting more wrapped up in the story. The suspense was growing, the mystery was intriguing, I was invested in the characters, and I barely noticed the point of view or the tense anymore. Towards the end of this book I felt like I was holding my breath in certain scenes because it was just so suspenseful. I just love a book that keeps me hooked until the last page, and this book definitely did! And, I knew this was a series, but had no idea it would be like a movie that someone pressed pause on 1/3 of the way through. Before I finished the last pages I had already reserved the next book in the series from the Library. Now I am at their mercy. Just waiting for an email telling me its on the hold shelf. So excited that the third book If I Live released last week! Now I can just binge read the last two books!

I truly love it when I am skeptical going into a book and the writing completely wins me over and changes my perspective. Totally happened with this book, and now I am hooked.

To purchase a copy of If I Run or learn more about Terri Blackstock visit the links below.

Amazon: If I Run

http://terriblackstock.com/

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