Terri Blackstock is a Christian fiction author who has written everything from romances to thrillers. Her books have sold millions of copies worldwide and most of them have been bestsellers. Her past works include stand alone books and series of books among the most popular being ‘The Intervention’ and ‘Restoration’ series. ‘If I Run’ is her newest suspense novel and it was just released this week. The protagonist is Casey Cox, a young lady on the run from the police.
‘If I Run’ begins with Casey washing blood from the bottom of her shoes and packing her belongings to begin her life on the run. Her best friend Brent was killed and because she was the one who found him her DNA is all over the crime scene. She wants to do the right thing but she does not trust the police. They failed her and her family when her father, who was a police officer, was killed but his death was ruled a suicide. She sees the system as corrupt but even though she was raised to respect authority and believe in the system she thinks she has no choice but to flee until she can figure out what to do. Enter Dylan Roberts, a war veteran and old friend of Brent’s who is hired to find Casey. He has had a rough time in the past because of PTSD but he feels that bringing Casey back might redeem him. As he begins his investigation he finds that the evidence does not add up and that Casey does not meet the profile of a dangerous killer on the run.
Overall ‘If I Run’ by Terri Blackstock is a suspenseful page turner that moves along at full speed. It is divided by chapters that alternate between Casey and Dylan narrating in the first person so it’s easy to read. Casey comes across as a do-gooder who does what she has to do to get through the day but is always thinking about how her actions would affect others. The hard thing to believe is that she knows what to do in every situation, from buying an untraceable cell phone to mailing a packing to deceive the authorities and buying a fake ID. Regardless of that it is an interesting read and it must be noted that this is a Christian novel so there are mentions of faith, religion and prayer. That does not become an issue until the last section titled ‘A Note From The Author’ where the author goes off subject and writes about her personal beliefs. It is recommended for fans of the genre who appreciate a good page turner.
Disclaimer: A copy of this book was given for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this article are solely the author’s.