If I Run / by Terri Blackstock. 9.8.2016

Zondervan ISBN 9780310332435

Adult Rating: 4

Casey Cox was traumatized at a young age. Thirteen years later, ramifications of her father’s death still cause ruin in her life. Accused of murder and 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. Brent’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 14-old daughter was kidnapped and never found. Casey wants to help. Is it possible for her to save the missing girl without getting herself caught in the process?

Dylan continues to dig into Brent’s murder. When he discovers startling information, he has no idea whom he can trust. Is it crazy for him to trust Casey, the supposed murderer?

Terri Blackstock provides a riveting, suspenseful story within the pages of If I Run while keeping the writing clean. She skillfully includes well-crafted dialogue that aids in developing main characters 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.

Dani Seilhamer, CLJ