If I Live (If I Run Series #3)

If I Live (If I Run Series #3)

by Terri Blackstock

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ISBN-13: 9780310332541
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 03/06/2018
Series: If I Run Series , #3
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 53,361
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series. Visit her website at www.terriblackstock.com Facebook: tblackstock Twitter: @terriblackstock

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CHAPTER 1

CASEY

Fried rice isn't worth dying for.

I never should have come inside. I should have stuck with fast food so I could use the drive-thru, order into the box, and get my food through a window. But I needed to use the restroom and wash my face after hours on the road, and I was sick to death of burgers, fries, and salads. I stopped at a Chinese restaurant nestled within this shopping center, figuring not many diners would be here this time of day. The lights are usually dim in Chinese places, so with my long brown wig and the glasses I'm wearing to hide my eyes, I thought I could pull it off. But the media has shown multiple sketches of how I might be disguised.

The circular booth in the corner is full of college students. A girl looks at me, then whispers to her friend, and now everyone at the table is staring at me. One of them gets on the phone.

Trying to look calm, I amble toward the front door. The waitress runs after me. "Food almost ready!"

"I'll be right back," I say, though I have no intention of returning.

Outside, I hurry up the sidewalk. I reach for a door rail to the anchor store and glance back. Two of the girls have darted out of the restaurant and are talking animatedly on their phones. I glance toward my car. I can't get back to it now. If those girls see me get into it, the police will know what I'm driving, and I'll have to get a different one. I'm running too low on cash. I couldn't have gotten this one without Dylan's help.

I go into the department store and look around for somewhere to hide. In the back corner of the store, I see the sign for the fitting rooms. I slip through the door and find an empty dressing room with a door that locks. I lock myself in and sit on the bench to catch my breath for a minute, my mind racing through options.

The college girls saw me enter this store. Any minute now the police will be here and I'll be arrested. My heart pounds, and the sutures on my shoulder feel like they're ripping. I wonder if they're getting infected. I readjust my sling, but then I realize it's a dead giveaway. It may even be how the students spotted me. I take it off and stuff it into my bag.

I also pull off my wig and pull my dyed black hair up into a ponytail. Keeping my arm close to my ribs, I find my baseball cap in my bag and pull it on, ponytail through the back, and take off my glasses. I shrug off my outer blouse, leaving only a tank top beneath it. I shove my sunglasses on and consider myself in the mirror. I do look different than I did five minutes ago.

Fatigue weighs me down — probably from blood loss when I was shot a few days ago — but I have to keep moving. I hang my purse strap over my good shoulder, then pile the clothes hanging in the dressing room over my arm as a prop. Never mind that they don't fit me or look like anyone in my genera- tion would wear them. I just need to look like a normal shopper until I can get out the back door.

I venture out of the dressing room, careful with my wounded arm. Feigning interest in a sale rack, I glance around for the girls. I don't see them, so I look out the front window. I see a blue light flashing. They're here.

I head toward the back, hoping I can find a door somewhere. There's a swinging door with a sign that says "Employees Only," and I drop the clothes hanging over my arm and push into the back room. I hurry past boxes and racks of clothing, a broom closet and a mop bucket, and an employee bathroom. I see a back door for deliveries.

I open it and look both ways up the alley. There's no police car here yet. No one is out here.

I cross the alley and walk, as weak and winded as a heart patient, through a patch of woods that takes me uphill until I have a view of the parking lot. I sit on a stump behind a cluster of trees, watching the college kids talking to the cops and taking selfies with police cars in the background. This will be all over social media within twenty minutes. Cable news will pick it up, and maybe even network news. This town is ruined for me now. I have to leave.

I keep walking through the trees. On the other side of the woods, I come out in a bad area. There are men loitering on corners and lightly clad women approaching cars stalled in traffic.

I see a girl with a blonde, curly wig on, wider than her small shoulders. I've had black hair, brunette, blonde ... I've had a red wig, a blonde wig, a brown wig. None of them have had frizzy curls. No one would be looking for that.

I walk down the hill through the trees, and wait for the girl to come back to the cracked sidewalk. "Excuse me," I say. "Can I talk to you?"

She looks like she's too busy for me, so I add, "There's money in it."

I have her attention now, so she turns to me. "What is it, honey?"

"I like your hair. Is it a wig?"

"Yeah," she says, touching it. "Thanks."

"I wondered if I could buy it off of you."

The woman laughs. "What? You want to buy my hair?"

"I'll give you two hundred cash."

She hesitates. "Four."

"Two fifty."

She huffs. "I paid a lot for it. I'm not just giving it away."

"Okay," I say, digging for my wallet. "Three hundred. Take it or leave it."

She sees my other wig in my bag. "What, do you collect wigs or something?"

"Yeah, it's kind of my thing. I'm an actress."

She grins and takes her hair off, revealing short-cropped brown hair with blonde highlights. She could be a soccer mom with that look. She ruffles it so it doesn't look so flattened and reaches for the cash. "I really liked this wig," she mutters.

"Surely you can get another one for a lot less, right?"

"I wouldn't sell it if I couldn't."

"Thanks," I say. "I really appreciate it."

I take the wig and stuff it into my purse, which is full to the brim, and when the girl turns away, I go back into the woods. I dust it off, inside and out, then put it on. It feels big and floppy. I look into my phone and see that it doesn't really look that bad. I actually kind of like it. With my sunglasses on, I don't think anyone would guess it was me.

I sit on the ground for a while, wishing I had gotten my food before I had to run. I'm starving, but it'll be a while before I can eat.

After a couple of hours, I need to use the facilities again. I go back through the woods to where the wig lady worked the street and see a convenience store with barred windows. I go in and try the bathroom door, but it's locked, so I have to ask for a key. They have a TV on behind the register, and I already see my face and the footage of me in the restaurant. They're warning people that I'm in the area, and that I may be armed and dangerous.

The cashier doesn't even look at me. She hands me the key and I hurry to the ladies' room. I take a mental inventory of what they'll know from security video in the restaurant. My purse, for sure. It's big and black and nondescript, but I unload everything into the sink, turn it inside out so that the plaid lining is on the outside, and put everything back. I look down at my shoes. They're gray sneakers. Surely those won't stand out any more than my jeans will.

I realize only then that the bandage on my shoulder is visible without the shirt I was wearing over my tank top. And I don't have a different shirt to put on.

Someone knocks on the door, and I yell out, "Almost finished!"

I look in the mirror again and sigh, then pull out the shirt I took off earlier and sling it over my wounded shoulder like a towel.

I hear more sirens, see blue lights flashing in the glass in the window above my head. Are they still looking for me?

I'm sweating as I open the door and step out. The woman waiting snatches the key out of my hand and shoots inside.

The cashiers are still distracted with the police cars driving by and the news of drama in the area. I see a rack of T-shirts, so I grab one and a pack of peanut-butter crackers, step up to the counter, and clear my throat. One of the cashiers glances at the stuff instead of at me. "This all?"

"Yes," I say.

She rings me up, gives me a receipt. I throw the T-shirt over my shoulder too and go outside. Around the corner of the building, I pull the T-shirt on over my tank and throw my blouse and the long brown wig into a trash can, stuffing a bag I find in there down on top of my things to cover them.

At least now if they search me, there won't be immediate evidence that I'm the one who was seen in the restaurant.

I go back through the woods, hoping I can get to my car. The police cars should be gone from the shopping center for now. Have they quit looking for me?

Spent, I walk down the hill and around the stores to the front parking lot and, without hesitating, head purposefully to my car. I get in and don't even look around before I pull out of my space.

I see one police car across the parking lot, but his lights are off. I don't see the driver anywhere outside. I pull out of the lot into traffic and drive away.

When I'm far enough away, I let myself breathe.

CHAPTER 2

DYLAN

My car is still sitting in Dallas, right where Casey left it before she was shot by a child molester who dealt drugs. Dex drops me off at it and I glance around for some sign of Keegan and Rollins, the detectives determined to kill Casey before she exposes them, but I don't see them. The car is parked on the street behind the house where Casey got shot. From where we sit, I can see between two houses to the molester's yard and driveway. There are no police cars there. In fact, it looks as if no one is home. The truck in the backyard that would have proven some of their crimes has been moved. I hope the police towed it to their lab.

"You need to replace that phone, Pretty Boy," Dex says just before he drives away. "You need to have the same number Keegan will use to reach you."

"They'll figure out it's a different phone when they can't track me anymore."

"But they won't know what you did with it. You can claim it got broken or lost."

I appreciate that Dex is worried about it, since I duct taped the phone to the bottom of an eighteen-wheeler to throw Keegan and Rollins off my trail. If I hadn't done that, both Casey and I would be dead by now.

"I guess I can replace it and use the same number."

"Go to the cell phone store. They can transfer the number in minutes. If Keegan doesn't have the serial number or whatever it is he needs to track the new phone, you'll buy yourself some time."

Dex leaves, and I head to the cell phone store and do what he suggests. Keegan is probably ballistic that I led him on a wild goose chase. I would love to have seen the look on his face when he realized he'd been duped.

Once I have the phone, I fight the urge to call Casey on her burner phone or send her an e-mail on our secret account. I need to keep my contact with her as infrequent as possible to give her a chance to get farther away. I can't give Keegan any opportunity to get close to Casey again.

Instead I do what Keegan might expect and give him a call. He picks up on the first ring. "Where are you, Dylan?" His voice is sharp, angry.

"I'm in Dallas," I say. "My phone broke, and I was so busy going after Casey that I didn't have a chance to replace it until now."

"I noticed that," he says. "You missed all the fun."

"I was there before you were," I say, because I know that he knows it already. "I showed up right after the gunshot and I took off after her. When I didn't find her, I went to the hospitals, checked every one, showing her picture around, seeing if she had checked in for that gunshot wound."

He hesitates a moment. "We know she went to a convenience store bathroom," Keegan says. "She was gone before we got there, but the blood trail ended. She must have patched it up or had somebody come and pick her up."

"I don't know," I say. "She seems like a loner. I doubt she has friends who would break the law to rescue her."

"I wouldn't put anything past her," he says. "I wouldn't put anything past you. Maybe you're the one who helped her."

The muscles in my neck tense, and I feel a headache coming up the back of my head. "I didn't let her escape," I say. "I told you I was looking for her."

"So why did they think you were me? Those people that shot her."

"I didn't tell them I was you," I say. "I just showed up and they acted like they'd been expecting me. So what's the deal with those people?"

"They were arrested by Dallas police," Keegan says. "Can you believe that? Somebody finally helps us get close to her, and now Dallas is hampering our investigation by arresting them for some kind of child abuse."

"Some kind of child abuse?" I ask. "You mean the molestation of a seven-year-old girl? Trading her for drugs?"

"Okay, they had it coming. But it sure threw a wrench in our case. Automatically they're sunk as witnesses. But I've got lots more. People she worked with, people who knew she was involved with that guy Cole Whittington who ran off a cliff, people who rented a room to her."

I don't bother telling him that Casey had nothing to do with Cole's death. Casey was trying to keep the man alive. "So the Trendalls are in jail? And their dealer? All of them?"

"That's what I said."

"Child's in foster care?"

"My understanding. So are you heading back home?"

My acting skills aren't what they should be if I'm going to keep lying to him, so I'd better get off the phone. I quickly tell him a few more things I plan to do to find Casey in Dallas, and he accepts that. He sounds eager to get off the phone too. He doesn't really want or need my help. He wants to have no one else but Rollins there when he finds her, so they can do whatever they want to her. Then he can claim that she was armed and fired on them, and they had to shoot her.

When I get off the phone, I ask myself: What would I be doing if I were honestly chasing her? I would probably pay a visit to the Dallas Police detective again, as though I don't yet know about the Trendalls' arrest, or where little Ava is. If nothing else, I can at least put Casey's fears about the little girl to rest.

CHAPTER 3

CASEY

I don't even know what town I'm in, but I check in to an off-brand motel and change my bandage. The TV plays while I try to nap, the news channel cycling the latest alerts every fifteen minutes or so. It gets old.

I doze until a new breaking alert pulls me awake.

"... possible indictment for Casey Cox. Let's listen in to the District Attorney of Caddo Parish in Shreveport."

I sit up and squint at the screen, then grab the remote and turn it up. The camera locks onto the man standing at the bank of microphones. I've seen him before, in some election or on the news talking about me. I'm not sure where. I've already missed his opening sentences.

"We have just completed a grand jury investigation into Casey Cox's part in the murder of Brent Pace in May. Our grand jury has returned an indictment against Ms. Cox, who went missing just after the murder."

I let out a rush of air as though someone had punched me in the gut. I knew this would happen, but now I've gone from fleeing arrest to fleeing a felony indictment.

"We believe Ms. Cox went to visit Mr. Pace during her lunch break on that day, and that, when he answered the door, she stabbed him multiple times."

I'm not shocked that they believe this. I saw the brutality of his murder, after all. It just sickens me that so many believe I could do such a heinous thing to my closest friend.

"She went into the house as he lay bleeding, and she left footprints, fingerprints, and other physical DNA. She then took the knife back to her car, where it was later found, along with Mr. Pace's blood, which was apparently on her hands as she started her ignition and opened and closed her door. The blood trail continued at her apartment, as she tracked it up the stairs to her place of residence. She changed clothes and fled in a taxi to the bus station, where she took a bus to Durant, Oklahoma, with some stops in between, and later to Atlanta, Georgia, then to Shady Grove where she lived for some time."

It's chilling to hear him tracing my steps like this. I go to the window and look out, expecting the parking lot to be swarming with cops. But it's not.

(Continues…)



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If I Live 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 75 reviews.
mrskbookstogo More than 1 year ago
With "page-turning" intensity, Casey's run will leave you breathless and sleepless. Each character is well defined and crucial to the unraveling of Brent's murder. How can so many be so corrupt? Well in today's world evidently more than we could imagine. Yet, for Casey the end of her journey will be determined by her grit, determination, quick thinking, and a "blink of an eye" timing. Completely consuming... be ready for a sleep-deprived race against time, MrsK
Anonymous 10 days ago
An excellent end to the series. It held my attention all the way thru and I didn't want to put it down. The twists and turns kept me riveted.
NanceeMarchinowski 4 months ago
Wow! What a roller coaster ride through a suspense filled story of crime and concealment! This is the final installment in the If I Run series, and it was a winner! The author has outdone herself with this series, and I'm sorry to see it end. There's no predicting what comes next in this book. What a ride!
AngelaBycroftNZ 7 months ago
Wow Wow Wow - Terri Blackstock’s If I Run Series has been quite the wild ride right back to book 1 and I for one have really enjoyed it. From it’s tense beginnings through to the tension packed middle section as the tangled web of intrigue and suspense slowly unravelled itself to it incredibly satisfactory conclusion. Book 3 has a lot of story to get though with the ‘baddies’ always a bare breath away from our hero’s and Casey’s only hope is the very one who was chasing her down down os many books ago! But Dylan is now heart and soul behind Casey and determined to see her vindicated but more importantly - alive. And with this tales twists and turns that is not a sure bet whatsoever. This is a series I will happily dive into again to discover the nuances that I may have missed in the initial read through. I can’t recommend highly enough......if your heart can take the tension. I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher as part of the Thomas Nelson/ Zondervan Fiction Guild. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Anonymous 10 months ago
This last book of the series had me going the entire book.
sh2rose 11 months ago
One of the reasons I enjoy reading Terri Blackstock's books is her series with familiar characters. I read the first novel in If I Run but not the second. I would suggest reading all three since the middle one gives important details needed to understand the last book. I was able to put the pieces together and liked the suspense expected in her writing. Casey continues to hide from those who do not understand her innocence or believe her. One person may be seeing her side but can she trust him or anyone? To say more will spoil the story for future readers. You will find well defined characters, complex and compelling mixes of situations and complications. This is a fast read to find the conclusion to the If I Run series. I received a copy from Net Galley. I was not compensated for this review. All thoughts are my own.
JLYoung 11 months ago
This is a GREAT series! I was waiting excitedly to read this book after finishing #2 in the series. I finally found time and it didn't disappoint. Just when I thought the story was at a peak something happened and I was left feeling like I was once again participating in a high speed chase, at the edge of my seat, heartbeat pounding, and feeling slightly out of breath. Blackstock does a great job building suspense and helping the reader fully engage in the story. There wasn't one point in this story (or the series for that matter) where I questioned my desire to continue reading. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. As I said, I did read books 1 & 2 before reading this book. I was glad I did. The story would still be good without reading the first two in the series but it was so much better knowing all the back information and happenings from the previous books. This book is excellent. I loved it. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher. This does not influence my review. All thoughts are my own, unbiased opinion.
JLYoung 11 months ago
This is a GREAT series! I was waiting excitedly to read this book after finishing #2 in the series. I finally found time and it didn't disappoint. Just when I thought the story was at a peak something happened and I was left feeling like I was once again participating in a high speed chase, at the edge of my seat, heartbeat pounding, and feeling slightly out of breath. Blackstock does a great job building suspense and helping the reader fully engage in the story. There wasn't one point in this story (or the series for that matter) where I questioned my desire to continue reading. I was hooked from the beginning to the end. As I said, I did read books 1 & 2 before reading this book. I was glad I did. The story would still be good without reading the first two in the series but it was so much better knowing all the back information and happenings from the previous books. This book is excellent. I loved it. I received a digital copy of this book from netgalley and the publisher. This does not influence my review. All thoughts are my own, unbiased opinion.
ShareeS More than 1 year ago
If I Live is an outstanding ending to the If I Run Series and I think the best of Terri Blackstock’s books to date. Casey Cox is a strong heroine who is fighting for her life, but she does so by helping others along the way. Using her wits and not weapons, Kasey proves that prayer is the strongest firearm we have against evil. Dylan Roberts is brilliant and his wise maneuvers in chasing Casey without giving her up to the villains is amazing. The book kept me on the edge of my seat and without a clue to how everything would work out. Ms. Blackstock’s writing abilities are unsurpassed in suspense. I can’t wait for her next book. If I Live is a five out of five!! But you must read this series in order to gain the full effect of the story. An amazing read!!
taralynee More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock did such an amazing job with this trilogy. If you haven’t read the first two books (If I Run and If I’m Found), please read those before you pick up this one to read. You’re going to want to have all three on hand once you begin though.. because that’s the best way to read these – straight through! I love the way these books were written, with the parts relevant to each individual book wrapping up at the end of that installment, while the big picture story draws you into the next book effortlessly. I don’t want to say much about the story. It’s too easy to give away important information with this series. The story of Casey is continued in If I Live, as she remains on the run, the false accusation that she murdered her friend close on her heels. The ending was, for me, kind of bittersweet. I wasn’t disappointed at all, but… now this trilogy is over.. and even though I will be rereading these books, it’s just not the same. Comparing this book/series with food, I think I’ll go with scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs have substance, yet are quick to make and eat. These books are quick reads but they aren’t fluff. They have substance.
sedonadustbunny More than 1 year ago
Great finish to a three book series! Excellent in page turning intensity, with prayers being lifted up, to our Heavenly Father. This is truly a great Christian writer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keeps you intrigued through each twist.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
5 stars- Wow, what a finish to the series! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I found it super easy to pick up from where I left off in book 2 and the action never stopped. Terri did such a great job of creating a storyline that seemed totally plausible and wasn’t over-the-top with unrealistic scenarios. I never quite knew what to expect next and that’s what made this story such a thrill ride. I devoured it in just a few days. This is definitely my new favorite series by Terri and I will be recommending it to all my friends. The only downside to this book is that it was the final one in the series. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
5 stars- Wow, what a finish to the series! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I found it super easy to pick up from where I left off in book 2 and the action never stopped. Terri did such a great job of creating a storyline that seemed totally plausible and wasn’t over-the-top with unrealistic scenarios. I never quite knew what to expect next and that’s what made this story such a thrill ride. I devoured it in just a few days. This is definitely my new favorite series by Terri and I will be recommending it to all my friends. The only downside to this book is that it was the final one in the series. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
Jennybug52 More than 1 year ago
5 stars- Wow, what a finish to the series! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I found it super easy to pick up from where I left off in book 2 and the action never stopped. Terri did such a great job of creating a storyline that seemed totally plausible and wasn’t over-the-top with unrealistic scenarios. I never quite knew what to expect next and that’s what made this story such a thrill ride. I devoured it in just a few days. This is definitely my new favorite series by Terri and I will be recommending it to all my friends. The only downside to this book is that it was the final one in the series. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
SemmieWise More than 1 year ago
** “I don’t know if I’m talking to God in the right way, but I have learned that Jesus intercedes for me. And I know he’ll translate my prayers into what I really need. … I linger in that prayer zone a little longer, dwelling on the privilege of coming to the Creator with my pleas.” ** Terri Blackstock’s “If I Live,” the third and final installment in her “If I Run” series, picks up immediately after the series’ second story “If I’m Found,” with Casey Cox still on the run for being falsely accused of murdering her friend, Brent Pace. Dylan Roberts, a private investigator hired by Brent’s family, is still secretly helping Casey as she continues to change her identity and flee to new locations. And together they are both still trying to prove the guilt of dirty detectives Gordon Keegan and Sy Rollins. As they face more murders, arsons, kidnappings and attempted murders, will Casey and Dylan ever be able to prove her innocence and win back her freedom? And will they be able to work on their developing relationship? Blackstock once again delivers a breath-taking suspense novel that’s action-packed and intense. As with the prior novels in the series, she sets the story told from the points of view of three characters — Casey, Dylan and Keegan, which provides the reader with several different perspectives to move the story along. As usual, Blackstock doesn’t just write a great suspense thriller, though. She also sprinkles it with many great lessons — like encouraging us to not wait to let Jesus into our lives; God’s ways aren’t always our ways; God will provide help and ways out of difficult situations; He paves a way for us so that we can complete His plan for us; we must always dig for the truth; and we must choose to trust God. Quoting Romans 8:28, she reminds us that God will work ALL THINGS for our good. I would definitely not recommend reading this book as a standalone, although you probably could if you wanted to as Blackstock does a good job of sprinkling the backstory throughout the book, reminding us of the details of Casey’s father’s death, Brent’s murder, and kidnapping and child molestation cases Casey got involved in earlier. Another great series by Terri Blackstock! Five stars out of five. Zondervan provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
StephieJ More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent conclusion to this series! If I live held my attention from the first few pages. The main characters are realistic, likable, and complex! I highly recommend this book! The author is an excellent writer! This series was great! But book #3 was my favorite! You will be glad you read this book! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No positive review was required! My opinion is my own!
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock never disappoints her readers. Suspenseful, intriguing and intense. Christian suspense fiction at its best. Now we wait for her next great series!
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for the conclusion of this series because it has been a heart stopping ride that I couldn't get enough of. I knew it was coming to a close and was anxious to see how the author would wrap everything up. Casey has been living on the edge of awhile . Is her luck running out? There are just so many ways to disguise yourself before someone catches on. When you are wanted for murder, you will do everything you can not to get caught. Her smarts keeps her hidden from the police as she tries to prove she did not murder anyone. I really enjoyed the interaction between Casey and Claire. It was nice to read how they shared their faith with each other. A new Christian like Casey really made Claire realize how we can get immune to what He really did for us. I thought this was a great side story that reminded Casey that she is not alone in trying to prove her innocence. If I was ever in trouble I know I would call Dylan for help. He is one sharp person. Details don't get past him and he is determined to help prove Casey's innocence. Their lives are in turmoil as danger surrounds them. Who doesn't want Casey found alive? What does she know that could destroy someone's integrity, job and perhaps their freedom? This is Terri at her very best as she reveals pure terror and heartless people who will do anything to keep themselves out of jail. This is one book that keeps you on your toes as explosions happen, death threats are spoken about and more bodies pile up. It's a race to the end as Casey and Dylan try to stay ahead of the master mind behind all that they have encountered.Well done Terri. You have given readers an ending that will not be forgotten. I'm sad to see the series end, but know the author is busy with a new book for her fans to grab up when it is hot off the press. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting for the conclusion of this series because it has been a heart stopping ride that I couldn't get enough of. I knew it was coming to a close and was anxious to see how the author would wrap everything up. Casey has been living on the edge of awhile . Is her luck running out? There are just so many ways to disguise yourself before someone catches on. When you are wanted for murder, you will do everything you can not to get caught. Her smarts keeps her hidden from the police as she tries to prove she did not murder anyone. I really enjoyed the interaction between Casey and Claire. It was nice to read how they shared their faith with each other. A new Christian like Casey really made Claire realize how we can get immune to what He really did for us. I thought this was a great side story that reminded Casey that she is not alone in trying to prove her innocence. If I was ever in trouble I know I would call Dylan for help. He is one sharp person. Details don't get past him and he is determined to help prove Casey's innocence. Their lives are in turmoil as danger surrounds them. Who doesn't want Casey found alive? What does she know that could destroy someone's integrity, job and perhaps their freedom? This is Terri at her very best as she reveals pure terror and heartless people who will do anything to keep themselves out of jail. This is one book that keeps you on your toes as explosions happen, death threats are spoken about and more bodies pile up. It's a race to the end as Casey and Dylan try to stay ahead of the master mind behind all that they have encountered.Well done Terri. You have given readers an ending that will not be forgotten. I'm sad to see the series end, but know the author is busy with a new book for her fans to grab up when it is hot off the press. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
If I Live is the exciting third installment from Terri Blackstock’s If I Run series. I have enjoyed this series and If I Live did not disappoint. Like the first two of the series, I was hooked right from the start. The author really has a gift to keep the reader engaged with the story and not want to the book down. I highly recommend If I Live and give it a well deserved 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Don't plan to put it down. I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. I was not required to give a favorable review. This was one of those books that you just can't put down. I have read the first two books in the series and couldn't wait to find out the truth in the final book. Terri has a wonderful writing style and you can't put the books down. I just kept wanting to find out what happened. I would recommend this book and series to anyone is interested in a storyline that keeps you in suspense through the whole book and see that even fearing for her life she found that God was by her side the whole time. I look forward to reading more books from Terri.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book 3 and final book of a series. Casey has been running as a fugitive for a murder she didn't commit and knows her time is about up. Dylan, a private investigator, is her only contact and person she can trust. They are collecting evidence of her innocence, but don't know who they can give it to and survive.
bookstoregal More than 1 year ago
Great ending to this trilogy! Whew!! It's been a long ride, but a good one. This book did not have as many unbelievable things as the last one did, just a few, so that was good. I guess you'd have to be pretty creative to remain a fugitive for very long... I really love the covers of this book series. The 3 make up one picture. Neat! I really wanted to be able to read this book a lot faster, but work got in the way. Yuck! What can you do, though, right? I enjoyed it and I recommend it. But if you haven't read the first two yet, you must start from the beginning! If I Run, then If I'm Found, then this one. Thanks, Terri Blackstock
Yamma1212 More than 1 year ago
If I Live is the thrilling conclusion to the If I Run Series, which must be read in order. I've waited so long to read this book, and was incredibly excited to find what Terri Blackstock had in store for us. What an amazing book! Constant page-turning action, good vs.evil, suspense, and faith all delightfully woven together. I absolutely love Blackstock's books, but this, by far, is my favorite series by her. Many thanks to Thomas Nelson for the free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. I have already recommended this book to numerous people, and will continue to do so!