If I Run (If I Run Series #1)

If I Run (If I Run Series #1)

by Terri Blackstock

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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 truthThat’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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310332466
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Series: If I Run Series , #1
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 14,204
Lexile: HL680L (what's this?)
File size: 1 MB

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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If I Run 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 115 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grabbed me with the first sentence, but I was disappointed when the ending left me hanging! Eager to read the sequel. There will be a sequel, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was written in first person by each of the two main character's, usually stories l've read this way were choppy and confusing, however Terri Blackstock made this work in this story! Very smooth, her characters are realistic, story kept me interested and edge of the seat exciting, cannot wait to read the second book in this series and would recomend this to anyone that enjoys fiction suspense written by a Christian and showing God's abundant grace in her stories
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this story. Suspenseful and entertaining, I couldn't put it down. I didn't want it to end and will be anticipating the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. It was fast paced and full of surprises. I never once felt as if I were being "preached at" even though it was Christian based. My only complaint is I DON'T LIKE WAITING FOR SEQUELS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This may be her best book. Hope it is a sequal
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, wish I new when next one is available, Id mark it on my calendar
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Terri Blackstock is such an awesome writer and i loved the book. But the ending wasnt what I expected. Hope a sequel is coming soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick,easy read; enjoyed the supense. I expected more closure so I hope there's going to be a sequel soon!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is written well being told in first person by 2 of the main characters. I kept reading and telling myself just one more chapter. Ha ha....finished it in one day. Really hope their is a sequel in the works!
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
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.
EpicFehlReader More than 1 year ago
Crime dramas are far from being one of my go-to genres, so I may not have been the best audience for this kind of story. For me, this one had a mix of strong points and weak spots that left me giving it a right down the middle kind of rating. Good at times, but I don't know how much of it will stick with me if you ask me about it weeks later. I will say I found the opening and closing chapters pretty strong in the writing, it was that tricky part in the middle that was up and down for me. After those first few chapters, the pace of the plot seemed to slow down noticeably, my attention wandering a good bit as I was reading. For someone on the run, Casey just wasn't selling the intensity for me. There weren't any super nasty bad guys immediately on her trail to keep me anxious while reading, just a lot of her chilling on buses and in seedy motel rooms figuring out her next move. Also, Dylan didn't seem to have to work too hard to catch up with her. It felt like he just had a quick couple of conversations and he was right on her trail in just a day or two. And why did every one of Brent's old friends seem to refer to themselves as his very best friend?! I think my favorite part of the story was the side story regarding the rescue attempt in the final chapters. THAT had the intensity I kept waiting for! I just wish the rest of the novel had had that feel to it. I found myself a little disappointed with Blackwell's "A Note From The Author" in the back of the book. It felt like an unnecessary, awkward rant. What bothered me most though was how she spoke of Christians being villianized and persecuted for their beliefs throughout history yet just a few short paragraphs later slyly knocks atheists and agnostics for their beliefs. As someone who is a strong believer and advocate for the right to religious freedom, that whole kettle / pot business soured me a bit for reading any of Blackstock's books in the future.
Aik More than 1 year ago
If I Run is an engaging read, keeping my eyes glued to the pages as I follow Casey's story. It was plausible why Casey would run away when she found her best friend Brent dead even if she was not the killer, because of self-defense instinct. However, it was later revealed that the truth is much darker than what I thought. The literal prose is very good - words flows smoothly, good transitions from one point to another and overall very fast-paced and filled with twists which are revealed over time. The characters are well-developed, each with his/her own feelings, emotions and secret fears. However, the ending was a little abrupt and took me by surprise as I was expecting a new chapter of Casey's escape from the evil that haunts her. I later found out on Goodreads that this was supposed to be the first book of a new series. That made me feel better, because the story is going to continue. Even though this is published under Christian-related literature, it is not an overly-religious/preachy type of book. It seemed to me that Casey is portrayed as someone who had lost faith in God but finds it for a short moment towards the end of the book. If I Run is definitely worth reading.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Great suspense with two plots in one. This is a fast paced suspense that kept me turning pages at a fast clip. I hadn't read any of Blackstock's books for quite some time, and this book prompted me to order the rest of the series. I can't wait to continue with the sequels in this series!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't waste your time. The characters are about as one dimensional and flat as cardboard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another grest read by Terri Blackstock. Cant wsit to read the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great, fast read! Merry Christmas to me, but not my fam. This book consumed me Christmas day. I just had to finish it and begin the excerpt of book 2. Fantastic series!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Addictive page turner. Enticing easy read. Can't wait to follow til the end. First time reading books by this author, but i intend to peruse others.
2havenofear More than 1 year ago
Casey Cox is on the run. She knows she will be accused of murder and doesn’t want to end up dead either. She didn’t kill her friend but who will believe her covered in blood and with a bloody knife. She decides it is time to leave town and those she loves behind. She can’t trust the cops as they might be involved in the murder. Or is she just paranoid? Dylan Roberts who suffers from PTSD is hired to find Casey and bring her back. He needs to learn about her in order to figure out why she would murder her friend. Casey doesn’t fit the profile of a murder but could she have snapped. Things are not as they seem and Dylan starts to figure out something just don’t make sense. Will Casey be able to stay on the run? Will Dylan be able to track her down and discover what really happened? This is a Christian Fiction book. Book 1 to a series it is well written and I enjoyed reading it. A suspenseful store and will draw you in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting enough to keep me reading till I completed the book and have ordered the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story
JayneNoble More than 1 year ago
If I run - Terri Blackstock I absolutely loved this book! Casey is accused of her friends murder. Because of the connections to a past crime she runs! She must get the evidence into the hands of someone that can help her. Dylan is hired to find her. He soon learns that he is involved not only in the case but in Caseys life as well. He is struggling with PTSD while searching for clues. She is struggling to trust the Lord with her life. This is an action packed, multi-faceted story that keeps you turning the Pages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put the book down. Very good read. Another amazing book by Terri
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book