Title: If I Run (If I Run, #1)
Author: Terri Blackstock
Publish Date: February 16, 2016 by Zondervan
# of Pages: 305
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(From Goodreads) 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 have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.
But what is the truth? That’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.
I listened to If I Run over the course of 8 days. I typically don’t listen to audiobooks much on the weekends.
Rating (1-5, 5 is exceptional)
Quality of Writing – 3
Pace – 4
Plot Development – 3
Ending – 3
Characters – 3
Enjoyability – 4
Ease of Reading – 4
Voice Acting – 2
Overall Rating – ⭐⭐⭐
If I Run by Terri Blackstock is a thriller about a girl who’s wanted for a murder she didn’t commit. The book follows Casey as she evades police, creates a new life for herself, and solves a crime of her own.
If I Run was an entertaining read. I can’t say it was a knock-it-out-of-the-park thriller, but I’ll definitely be reading the rest of the books in the trilogy. The writing was good–simply written and easy to follow. The pace was decent and maintained a steady clip throughout the book. I never felt as though the book was dragging, which is always a plus.
The plot was entertaining. The book is told from two perspectives–Casey and Dylan. While the main storyline is around Casey’s accused crime of murder, there’s also a subplot of a missing girl. While Casey dodges the police, she’s also delving into the missing girl’s story. Dylan, on the other hand, is tasked with finding Casey. As a private investigator, he’s hot on her tail. Meanwhile, he starts uncovering Casey’s past which fills him with uncertainty on how to proceed. The story was well-executed and unfolded nicely.
The ending of the book was just okay. The main plot will continue in the next book(s), presumably, so the book ended once the subplot ended. I was left wanting more, which works, since there are more books in the series.
Casey and Dylan’s characters were interesting. I liked Casey’s “girl next door” persona. Dylan, while you never get a true sense for his personality, seemed like someone who wants to do the right thing. He’s gruff, damaged, and dedicated.
The voice-acting was so-so. I didn’t love the narrator’s voice. She sounded a lot older than Casey and Dylan, so it was hard to listen to at times.
Overall, I enjoyed this audiobook. As I stated earlier, this is a trilogy I’ll continue–I already have the next audiobook on hold at my library!
Have you read the If I Run trilogy? What’s the last thriller you read?
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