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If I Run (If I Run Series) Paperback – February 16, 2016
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'Blackstock (Intervention) is masterly in navigating the suspenseful fugitive plot, using the alternation of Casey's and Dylan's chapters to ratchet up the tension. Crisp dialogue and unexpected twists make this compulsive reading, and a final chapter cliffhanger leaves things poised for a sequel.' (Publishers Weekly)
2 stars. 'Blackstock’s latest suffers from an extreme amount of telling due to the first-person point of view. This never allows the reader to fully engage in the action. In addition, there is a far-fetched side storyline involving a missing girl that is just too contrived. Casey is an intriguing character, and further novels in the series may deepen and develop her into someone more believable.' (RT Book Reviews)
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
Top customer reviews
From the firsts few lines on page number one it had me intrigued to a depth I can't explain and I could not put it down. I had to read more....more...more. Far into the night until I finished it and my curiosity was satisfied. Well, sorta, now I am awaiting for book two, the sequel, comes out and we can continue this story. ....write sister, write.
This book is fiction but this story line is all too true in our society today. Corruption is around us everywhere and dishonesty and fraudulent conduct in high officials is the norm anymore. We live in a morally depraved world, and This book speaks volumes.
Terri Blackstock has been among one of my favorite writers for years. Her ability to catapult you into a story is unmatched. She keeps me on the edge of my emotions. And I feel the anguish, destress, despair, intrigue, love and compassion for others that our characters feel as their lives unfold in this story. What makes a good story?.....when the readers can identify with the characters or storylines. This is a GOOD BOOK!! Bravo!!
The best part is bring God into threads of this story. Where would we be in real life without him? He is not a fictional character He is alive and real and in control.
I paid full price for this book and I wanted to tell you how good it is.
That's the question posed in If I Run.
Casey can't trust the police because she suspects them in the cover-up of her father's death. To her she has no choice but to run.
Dylan can't get a PD job because his PTSD is a red flag, but his best friend is dead and the parents hire him to track down the murderer and bring her to justice.
Terri Blackstock does a wonderful job in bringing to life the anxiety of each character as one runs and the other chases. As each layer is peeled away and as the truth becomes known Casey and Dylan both face indecision.
I wished for more depth into the characters' emotional states at the beginning until I realized that they were slowly opening up. Casey is still in shock and that is made evident. Dylan is still struggling and his reserved nature is shown. The character development is slow and progressing which makes it believable.
Writing first person, present tense is difficult. Blackstock uses it well; and her style and language engaged me from the first page to the last.
There were no convenient ending or unrealistic romance (hinted that it may be later, but none at all in the first book). Each chapter and scene was realistic. Although I found two inconsistencies within the novel, the merit of If I Run outweighed those two minor weaknesses.
With such a strong story in this first novel I am ready to read the next book. Terri Blackstock set the bar high for all Christian suspense.
The author does a great job in character development and I loved the main characters. I was very dissatisfied with the end of the book. It just was sudden, and leaves the reader kind of hanging with a lot of questions.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
I would encourage anyone who is on the fence about purchasing this book to wait until Book 2 comes out in 2017 and read the books back to back.
BADLY DONE ZONDERVAN! VERY BADLY DONE!
Is there a God? And if there is a God how can He allow such injustices to happen? As Casey is on the run she takes us into a deeper journey from right and wrong to what would you do? High praise for this amazing series… I can't wait to delve into book 2 "If I'm Found" for more of Casey's story.