Casey Cox was traumatized at a young age. Thirteen years later, ramifications of her father’s death still cause ruin in her life. Forced to run from the police, Casey must stay alive long enough to prove her innocence. Fleeing from her hometown of Shreveport, she takes the first bus available with no idea what to do or where to go.
Dylan Roberts has recently been honorably discharged from the army with a diagnosis of severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. When he hears that his childhood friend, Brent Pace, has been murdered, he is eager to help find the killer. Pace’s parents hire him as a private investigator, and he gets busy searching for the mysterious girl the police believe to be the murderer.
In a new city with a new name, Casey befriends Miss Lucy and her daughter, Sandra. Sandra is still dealing with the fact that her fourteen-year-old daughter has been kidnapped and was never found. Casey knows she has to keep a low profile to evade the police, but she can’t help but want to find Sandra’ daughter. Is it possible for her to save the missing girl without getting herself caught in the process? Is the girl even still alive? Is it worth the risk to Casey’s life to continue digging into the case?
As Dylan digs deeper into the case of his friend’s murder, he is unsure if the girl he has been tasked with finding is actually the killer. Nevertheless, he keeps searching. When he discovers startling information, he has no idea who he can trust. Is it crazy for him to trust Casey, the supposed murderer? What can he do with the information he’s uncovered? As he works the case, Dylan’s PTSD returns with a vengeance, and he wonders if he should just give up.
Terri Blackstock has written a riveting story within the pages of If I Run. She succeeds in writing a suspenseful story while keeping the writing clean. She skillfully includes well-crafted dialogue that aids in character development. The main characters are developed with great depth and thoughtfulness. Miss Lucy proves to be the Christian influence Casey needs in her life. Through this relationship, Blackstock explores the themes of God’s love, forgiveness and protection. If I Run is an entertaining story that leaves readers eager to read the sequel.
If I Run comes out February 16, 2016, but is currently available for preorder.
I received an advanced e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for this review.