If I Run (If I Run, #1) by Terri Blackstock

If I Run (If I Run, #1)

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. ...

Details If I Run (If I Run, #1)

TitleIf I Run (If I Run, #1)
Release DateFeb 16th, 2016
GenreChristian Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Christian, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews If I Run (If I Run, #1)

  • Deanna
    Casey Cox is on the run. When Casey discovers her friend Brent injured and left for dead she tries to resuscitate him,. However he doesn't make it, and now Casey is covered in his blood and knows she will be blamed for his death. She feels she has no other option but to leave town as she's certain that no one will believe that she didn't kill him.Was Brent killed because of what they have found out about her past? Casey was devastated by her fath...
  • Pouting Always
    I actually enjoyed this book. At first I was not really into it because the writing felt childish but it's a thriller so I wasn't really looking for the writing to be that great anyways. I usually only care about the plot line and how well the author builds suspense when I read a thriller and Blackstock managed to do that pretty well. I'm also sure if I was younger I would have enjoyed it way more. I just wish the characters had more substance bu...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List*Mild Spoilers*I really enjoyed this book up until the end, the end is what made me give it 4 stars. I wanted there to be a wrap up to what all happened, but don't get me wrong, it didn't just end. There is an ending of sorts, it's just one of those where you go... nooooo.. not like that, let's have an end game. Casey's best friend Brent was killed and she leaves town in a big hurry. Yeah I know what your thi...
  • Colleen
    If I Run by Terri Blackstock is the best suspense I've read in years. This book had it all: perfect pacing, appealing heroine, twists I didn't see coming.
  • Kira Simion
    Before we begin, I wasn't aware this book was of the Christian genre, but doesn't matter because the blurb really sold it to me.Also I thank Netgally for giving this opportunity to share a bit of this story with you. This is an honest review. Wow.My first thought was that of a song because of the blurb. The blurb states how a cop is after the MC, Casey, and she is laying low because she's suspected to have murdered someone named Brent. The first ...
  • Renny Barcelos
    Warning: This is a Christian book AND it ends in a cliffhanger. I think this should have been in the synopsis--I would never have requested this book from NetGalley had I known these facts, especially the first one.Note that I can read books about any kind of religion, I have no problem with that if it's part of the plot or a trait of a character (or many). The thing here is that it's disguised as a normal thriller but it in reality is just a sto...
  • Judy Collins
    A special thank you to Zondervan Fiction and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 2016 Best Christian Fiction Mystery Suspense -New Series Terri Blackstock’s first installment in her riveting new multi-layered complex mystery crime series, (If I Run #1) IF I RUN, features a strong unstoppable heroine you will root for, a decades old conspiracy, corrupt cops, a former war veteran with PTSD—a grandmother (readers will love...
  • Abigayle Claire
    I picked this book up from my library with the optimistic intention to read it in a day. I was pleasantly surprised when the 300+ pages of content proved gripping enough for me to fulfill that goal (even during the Olympics!). In fact, this one was so full of dramatic statements on truths and absolutes, that I grabbed sticky tabs only a few pages in and journaled off them once I was done. It handled the ideas of suicide, depression, trauma, justi...
  • Faith/Florid Sword
    This is the book I never knew I needed.This is a thriller series for Christians. It's a Christian book that doesn't shy away from the evil and violence and sorrow of the real world, but still offers glimmers of hope. It's about a young woman who's been crushed by the weight of evil for her entire life and still tries to do what's right no matter the personal cost. It's about a man whose PTSD cripples him, but he still works to follow his God and ...
  • C.J. Darlington
    **Second Read** - still a great story! I re-read it in a couple days. The sign of a great book for me is how long it takes me to read it. IF I RUN took me all of two days! I couldn't set it down. I've read many of Blackstock's books, and this one has a unique voice and storyline I know her fans will enjoy. I was hooked from the start! I also appreciated that the male and female leads were, refreshingly, NOT involved romantically. There is somethi...
  • m a r y l i z
    OH, LOOK - I'M ALREADY FINISHED.This was such a wild ride, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Lovely Things: - The characters.The main characters were LIKABLE and realistic and flawed . . . but also just super awesome people whom I would love to know. Casey and Dylan were both super smart. (Seriously WAY smarter than most characters in these types of books. Ahem. :P) I'm not ashamed to admit that Casey's chances of survival are much higher than mine wo...
  • ✨ k a t
    This book I was pleasantly surprised at it, I went into it with an open mind and found myself really enjoying it.It's written from two perspectives which is Casey & Dylan's which I love, it's my favourite thing when books are told from two POV's - both of them intertwining but seeing it from different perspectives, I just love it.Both Casey and Dylan I believe are quite well developed characters, I don't feel like they are flat / one dimensional ...
  • Hannah
    An enjoyable suspense read. Casey and Dylan are both interesting characters. The clues and relationships are good, and Miss Lucy gives a nice Christian testimony in the course of the story.However, I dropped a star for two reasons. When I ordered the book, I had no idea it was written in present tense. This POV is extremely off-putting for me, and it made it very hard to read. To be brought so close to the moment of the story obscures the action ...
  • Victoria Lynn
    Review coming soon. . .
  • Willowy Whisper
    I'm speechless. Not five stars . . . a million stars. Amazing.
  • Dale Harcombe
    This is a simply told story told in two voices. The first is that of Casey Cox who we meet at the scene of a murder. The murder is that of Bent Pace, a close friend and Casey flees from the scene. She knows it is no good contacting the police, they have failed her before. The other choice is that of Dylan Roberts, a war veteran with Post Traumatic Stress. He is a childhood friend of the man murdered and hired by his friend’s parents to fond Cas...
  • Toni FGMAMTC
    This book is good with the suspense and mystery. My interest didn't waver with wanting to find out what was really happening. The puzzle of Casey's past and why she is hiding unwound at an appropriate pace. Dylan's background is interesting also. I liked the two main characters (the book alternates between their two voices). Casey did seem too good to be true often. She was on the run for her life but took the time to clean a public restroom and ...
  • Linda Strong
    Publishing Date 2/16/2016Casey Cox is running for her life. Her friend, Brent, has been murdered and she found the body. Her DNA is all over the place and she knows the police will never believe her. Brent was investigating her father's supposed suicide and found proof that he was actually murdered.Dylan Roberts is hired by Brent's parents to find the truth ... the local law enforcement wants him to find Casey. The more Dylan looks into this case...
  • Sarah
    I was given an ARC of If I Run from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.This is a book I had a love hate relationship with. I loved it until the end and then I was so disappointed with how for me there was no real closure I started to hate it. I am really getting disappointed with all these cliffhangers that authors are leaving readers with now days. Frankly, I read over 100 books a year and it is going to take one hell of a book...
  • Rissa
    4.75 ⭐Casey is on the run for a crime she didnt commit. Dylan is supposed to find her and bring her in. This was an intese read as casey is moving from place to place trying to aviod the police and hopefully create a new life for herself but stuff goes wrong and im explaining this poorly but i loved it! And highly recommend you pick it up because it was amazing and i read it at a time in my life that i really needed someone to question God as i...
  • Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
    Oh. My. GOODNESS.Just. WOW.This book is perhaps the best suspense novel I’ve ever read.And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve read a lot of suspense novels. I’ve loved a lot of suspense novels. I will love a lot of suspense novels in the future. But If I Run… there’s just something really special about this one.In fact, I can already guarantee that it will make my “best of 2016” list. I can also guarantee that it will top my list of r...
  • Staci
    If I Run is good, very good. Readers that enjoy suspense should not miss this one!If I Run is primarily about Casey, who is on the run from the police. She is a smart young lady with a good heart. Dylan is the second main character and he is a soldier with PTSD. Initially, I was confused by the first person wording by both Casey and Dylan, but I quickly adapted to switch between the two voices.Terri is the best of the genre. If I Run is highly re...
  • Laura Nowlin
    Once again, this is a book that I only picked up because it was assigned for the book group I run at the library where I work part-time. This book is utterly ridiculous. I don't even have time to type out all the plot holes and illogical actions and events that take place. Suffice to say, I'm a Christian and I *still* found this book insufferably preachy. Also, at the end of the book, Blackstock claims that there is truth to the Planned Parenthoo...
  • Lila Kims
    WOW. That, my friends, was a wild, nail-biting, heart-pounding whirlwind of suspense!!! One of my favorite things about it is that I learned something new about Casey every time it flipped to Dylan's POV, and then when it switched back to Casey's POV, I felt like I knew who she was a little more.The characters were all so vivid, there were times when my heart was pounding, and it's been a while since I felt that transported into a story.I NEED BO...
  • Emilie Hendryx
    A gripping, thrill-inducing read that will captivate you with brilliant writing and twist upon twist.Let's face it. You will likely lose sleep over this book. I know that I did. But it was actually a very fast read--one that I greatly enjoyed.The most noticeable thing initially was the fact that Terri wrote in first person, present tense--with two points of view! Personally, I love this. Not every book should be written like this, but I think she...
  • Kav
    So intense my heart was hammering all the way through the read. The present tense, first person point of view from both Casey and Dylan's perspectives made this an even edgier read. I usually don't like reading books in present tense (I see vs I saw) but boy, did it work in If I Run. Catapulted me right into the hero/heroine's frame of mind and I lived each excruciating second right along with them. And I do mean excruciating. The tension is unbe...
  • Sheila Holmes
    I have read so many of this author's books that I've long since lost count. So, when I began this novel, I knew I would love it. And, I did!However, having said that, I have to also say that there were a couple of things that took away from total enjoyment.First, this story is told in first person. THAT is fine. It holds a great amount of power in most any story. But... it was also told in present tense. That, in addition to first person narratio...
  • Jaylee
    I. Loved. This. Book. So. Much.PICK IT UP AND READ IT NOW! You will NOT regret it!!
  • Debbie
    This was a quick, easy read. 300 pgs in 3 hrs....I can't explain how I read it so fast, except there must be large spaces between the words. It wasn't a bad story, and it did have suspense, but I am giving it one star due to the religious undertones and specifically the author's notes and her talk of christians being persecuted. First of all her story was pretty ridiculous, and an obvious start to a new series which she is addicted to writing, bu...
  • Asheley
    3.5/5, rounding up because there are no half-stars hereThis is the first book in a Christian suspense-thriller trilogy published by Zondervan. This is a true series, meaning these books should be read in order.When Casey Cox found her best friend Brent murdered, she left her footprints, fingerprints, and shoe prints all over the crime scene – so she is the obvious prime suspect. Rather than stick around for questioning and to clear her name, Ca...