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Fiction. Romance. Suspense. Christian Fiction. HTML: 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. Full-length romantic suspense novel Includes discussion questions for book Clubs Other series from Terri Blackstock: Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration series.
This book started out fairly interesting as you wonder how the events went down - why her best friend was murdered and why she's being blamed for it. As soon as that mystery is solved (a third of the way through) it goes tumbling downhill. It gets a bit Christian-preachy, the antagonists aren't even subtle in being bad, and the side-plot about the missing teen is WAY too deus ex machina. Also, while I don't intend to finish the series - I'm calling it now: the private investigator is going to fall in love with her (and vice versa) and he's going to help her find God - because that's the only imperfection in her life (according to how the author paints the picture).
Author: Terri Blackstock
My rating is 5+ stars.
Terri Blackstock shares a fantastic tale with her readers. Before I share my view of that, I would like to share how her Author’s Note really spoke to my heart. Sometimes we
When I come to a work of fiction, it is to enjoy a good story. Sometimes that is a western, romance with suspense, historical or even a general work of fiction. If I Run takes off from the first word and never does the tension let up! The main character, Casey, has seen much in her young life, beginning with finding her father’s body and then years late finding a good friend’s body. Now the hunt begins to bring Casey to justice for the death of her good friend Brent as she cannot be located anywhere in town.
To Casey, everyone she loves ends up dying so she wonders, “Why bother getting close to anyone?” However, living a lonely life is starting to wear on her heart, mind and soul. Enter Dylan who has served three tours. He is no longer actively serving, but suffers from horrible PTSD. Dylan wants to be a cop, but with the stress of PTSD the local police don’t feel they can hire him. What ties Dylan and Casey together is that Brent was Dylan’s childhood friend. Dylan is hired by Brent’s parents to find Casey.
As Dylan begins to do so, the tension in the book begins to climb rapidly. Many obstacles are keeping him from information he needs to understand Casey. Terri then brings in another element which is a missing young teen gone from her family two years. Casey has to decide if the cost to locating the teen, which would bring her attention, is worth the cost of being on the radar of those who she believes are evil and therefore cannot be trusted.
I couldn’t put the book down as action plus the personalities of both Casey and Dylan were captivating. I wanted to see if evil would in fact win this time with Casey being caught and the teen still missing. Would Dylan find Casey and not believe the story she has to tell? There are a myriad of possible ways for the tales to end. Great job with the story, Terri, and thanks for the words of encouragement you share with readers!
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What would you do if you entered your friend’s home and saw him covered in blood? A knife protruding from him? Probably the same as Casey did, she tried to give him CPR,
When her car is later found with the weapon in it, whom do you think the police and public think committed the murder? Now we follow Casey on the run, and was it a mistake to run? As we go deeper and deeper into this story you begin to understand her reasoning.
What a smart girl Casey is and seems to always be two steps ahead of those who are following her. Can she get safely away and make a new life for herself? She loves her mother and her sister, how do you give up family. My heart cried for her and the injustice that is happening, and what compassion she shows her fellow humans, not the heart of a murderer.
Once you pick this book up you won’t want to put it down until the last page is turned, and then you will be looking and hoping soon for another book, don’t miss this, you won’t regret it!
I received this book through Litfuse Publicity Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
Brent's parents hire Dylan Roberts, an old friend of
The mystery within this mystery entails Casey becoming involved in the disappearance of a teenage girl.
The story is told from the first person perspective of Casey and Dylan in the present tense, which worked fine once you get used to it. This was quite an enjoyable story, but too many things felt contrived.
I hadn't realized that this is going to be a series (I assume), so there is no real conclusion at the end of the book. The other thing I was unaware of before starting this book, it's Christian fiction. While I was happy enough with the Christian references within the book, the author's note at the end of the book succeeded in stopping me from wanting to read the follow-up if there is one. Quite honestly, if the author's note had been at the beginning of the book, I wouldn't have read it. I really don't appreciate having one particular faith advertised to me as the be-all and end-all in the manner done in the author's note.
I'm giving If I Run a 3-star rating based solely on the actual story. My feelings about the author's note did not influence my rating.
I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
Told in first person pov,with two different narrators,the
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.
Casey Cox is a woman on the run. With all the evidence pointing towards her as her friend’s killer, she is desperately trying to escape what could certainly be her own death. Dirty cops are chasing her as is a former Army CID agent, Dylan Roberts, who has struggles of his own. As the truth slowly emerges, Casey leads Dylan on a twisting, turning cross-country pursuit.
The first thing that will strike a reader of If I Run is the point of view. Alternating between the two main characters, the first person/present tense puts the reader right in the middle of the action. This intensifies the suspense and ramps up the action. The characters are unique and Blackstock does a great job of introducing their backstories. Secondary characters play a vital roles as well. The reader is let in on the mystery a bit at a time, and soon finds out things are not as they seem. If I Run is the first in a 3-part series, and the ending resolves only part of the story.
My book club has chosen If I Run for its May selection. I don’t know if I can wait that long to discuss it. It is a riveting read, and I predict my book club is going to love it. It is above and beyond what we have come to expect from Terri Blackstock.
(Thanks to LitFuse and Zondervan for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
There is another mystery in the story, the story of a missing girl. This mystery is resolved but I will let you the reader know whether or not the girl is found dead or alive. Can't spoil it for you now can I?
I can tell you that if you read this book you won't be able to put it down. Gets ready heavy on the suspense on the last few pages!
The only thing I did not enjoy about this book is that it left you hanging. Casey is still on the run. Hopefully, it will be resolved in the next book.
This book is due to be released on February 18, 2016. Thanks to Netgalley and Zondervan for allowing me to read and preview this book.
The story really picks up steam when Casey is accused of a heinous crime. She runs without thinking of the consequences. She must prove her innocence at all cost while also trying to prove corruption in the police department. Casey can't trust anyone and the author gives us a story that is torn from the front page of everyday America .
The other main character in the book , Dylan is a true hero in my eyes. He is assigned a case that will have him looking over his shoulders to see who the bad guys really are. Dylan also is dealing with PTSD and has to deal with it throughout the story. Dylan is strong willed and his faith never wavers as he has to face the past that haunts him sometimes. I hope you are ready for a roller coaster ride as you read this book. The author has clearly written twists and turns that have you clinging to your chair as you ride through an adventure that is mystery at its top level. The ending is a cliffhanger so fans of Terri Blackstock will be eagerly anticipating the next installment in this series.
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.
On the other hand, God's people are just as real and mightier than those who perpetrate awful crimes on innocent people. There are people who have God's goodness in their heart. These are people like Miss. Lucy and Dylan and of course, Casey. I found it amazing that Casey, accused of murder, had the heart to care deeply about a mother and child. she had never met. She was willing to sacrifice her life to save their life. I think of Jesus who is the Greatest One to sacrifice His life for us. Saving us from death before we had repented of our sins.
I also thought about the hardships children face as parents grapple with their demons. Casey saw something no child should see when she was twelve years old. Thank goodness, Terri Blackstock gives hope all the way through the book. At the end of the book, she talks about "real" life. She is a true Christian with the gift of writing. I look forward to meeting future characters in her books.
Casey is wanted
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Right from the first moment I instantly connected with Casey and Dylan and the story. So this really helped as it kept my interest. Plus I found this book to be a quick read. The conflict that Dylan felt about Casey helped add to the story. I like that he took everything about the case with a grain of salt and did not just jump to conclusions like the rest of the police. Although with all of the evidence and the crime scene and Casey running away it did make her look guilty. Which she does seem to be hiding something. The town that Casey made her new start in was charming. This story did have a nice ending.
This is a mystery, within a mystery, within a mystery. There is a murder years before,
The one thing I did not really like is some of the information is repeated/recapped. An example of this would be some of the video evidence within the older murder. We hear about with Casey and then again get the whole recap though Dylan. I do not like when these things are told over and over again since we already have the information and I feel it is just filler.
I ended up reading this in one sitting. The second half of the book had me at the edge of my seat. I flew through it. I wanted to go to bed, but I knew I had to finish this first. This does end with so many questions, so I am happy I plan to binging this series and will be starting book two next.
Overall, this was much better than I thought it was going to be. This is a Christian Fiction book, but it is not heavy within that aspect. This was really more thriller/mystery. I recommend giving it a try, but be prepared to want to read the rest of the series.
I cannot praise the author enough. The book is phenomenal. The characters are so realistic that you can feel the emotions running through them. The tension builds beautifully with every page. I am impressed and already looking forward to the next book in the series!
This book was a little slow pace for me in the beginning but overall I liked the characters and the storyline.
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The family of the deceased hires a private investigator to find the girl. During his hunt, he finds some clues that make him question her guilt. But does it matter? His job is to bring her back for a trial.
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Brent's family hires his friend Dylan Roberts, formerly of CID, to find Casey. Dylan has the police chief's blessing to pursue this, but still finds many of his requests blocked by lead detective Keegan, leaving him wondering why.
This book is a fast paced read with a lot of suspense. I really like both Casey and Dylan as characters. I didn't like the ending because I wanted something more definite. There is a wrap up of sorts, but Casey ends up still on the run with Dylan both pursuing her and trying to keep Keegan from finding her. I think I can predict what will happen at the end of the trilogy, but I still look forward to all the twists and turns that Blackstock will take us on in the remaining 2 books of the trilogy. I'd read them right now if they were available!
Casey’s best friend has been murdered and she’s the prime suspect. While she runs from law enforcement, Dylan Roberts joins in the chase, independently. As he hunts for Casey, he comes to believe she may be innocent…
But who would want to
This is a fast-paced thriller told partly from Casey’s perspective and partly from Dylan’s, as he begins piecing the puzzle together.
The novel touches on the themes of PTSD and plants the seeds of a Christian message as Casey begins to see her need for answered prayers, faith, and trust in God.
While there were revelations along the way, none of them were exactly shocking. I suppose that’s the hazard of reading so much crime fiction- but the story is still compelling and held my attention without losing any momentum along the way.
One thing to know, if you are considering this one, is that this is the first book in a trilogy. There are still some threads hanging at the end of this book, so you’ll have to read the other two installments to get all the answers and you’ll have to read them in order.
Overall, while some plot points were predictable and the story doesn’t really cover much new territory, but it is still an engaging thriller. I’m on board for the whole trilogy and am looking forward to seeing how everything wraps up.