Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Review: If I Run by Terri Blackstock

If I Run
by Terri Blackstock

Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 320
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  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.

Kritters Thoughts:  Told through two points of view - Casey Cox and Dylan Roberts, this book is a chase and the pacing keeps up with the feeling of a chase to the end.  Casey Cox finds herself at a murder scene and she knows that she will be suspected as the killer, so she runs and fast.  Dylan Roberts is hired by the police to go and find her, he has recently left the military and is battling PTSD. 

Between these two we get the full story of what really happened and who really murdered their mutual friend and how they can release the truth and have the real killer or killers get punished for their crimes.  The thing I liked about the book was its pacing, I was able to read this book in one evening from start to finish because it kept moving along.

But something that I didn't completely love was the obvious Christian fiction of it.  I read a bit of Christian fiction and what I love about it is the innocence of the characters and the lack of sexy times.  This mystery had odd bits of Christianity shoved into weird spots that didn't feel real or authentic and Christian or not, I don't like when a book feels awkward and not authentic.  

Because of the above reason, this one hit me weird and in the end I didn't love it as much as I thought I would.  I would probably still read another Terri Blackstock, but maybe with some reservation.

Rating: enjoyable, but didn't leave me wanting more

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Litfuse Publicity.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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