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If I Run, by Terri Blackstock 

12 May

Before sharing my review of If I Run, my first (?!) Terri Blackstock book, I need you to know a couple of things. First, I strongly urge you to not begin reading this right before you go to sleep, especially if you are working the next day… because you won’t be able to set it down and sleep. Your eyelids may be closed, but you will refuse to let the book go until your next reading opportunity. And second… I don’t read a lot of books written in present tense. Sometimes I have trouble getting into them, for whatever reason. But this book.. it works, and frankly I don’t believe it would be as good if it weren’t written in first person, present tense. That makes this book. Because of the way the book is written, I’ve decided to mimic this in my review. While I know this isn’t typical, rather than review as a reader, I’m going to become Casey and then Dylan, the main characters in this story.

* * * * * * * * * * *
As a 20-something wanted for murder, I’m on the run. It doesn’t even matter that I didn’t do it, I’ve got to hide, or I’m dead too. Being careful to avoid leaving a trail, I put to use all the crime stories I’ve read and watched.

My past terrifies me, both in my dreams and in my waking hours. It’s impossible to put it out of my mind, and this creates a barrier around me. I crawl into the shell of who I’ve become and rarely let anyone inside.

I’m a people lover though, and I have a hard time setting that aside to blend in with the background. Helping others is who I am. Is being available and doing what I believe is right worth risking being discovered?

They are lurking around every corner, I just know it. Still, I have to find someplace where I can get a job and save some money.

* * * * * * * * * * *

As a veteran trying to live past PTSD and the nightmares that plague me, I question if my being hired to track down Casey is wise. Maybe I am more dangerous than helpful. What if I snap?

Following a girl who’s as smart as Casey obviously means learning to think like she thinks, and that means untangling the twisted bits of evidence and truths that surround my childhood best friend’s murder.

There’s so much that doesn’t make sense in this investigation, the facts just don’t mesh. Is this girl on the run as terrible as I am told? Nothing seems consistent with that. Not her friends, not her social media, nothing.

* * * * * * * * * * *

Be aware that this is the first book in a trilogy. While some issues are resolved by the end of the book, others are not, and that’s not a bad thing. It creates an anticipation for the next installment in this story that wouldn’t be possible without this kind of ending.

I think I will describe this book as a pepper. The taste and spice will stay with you. Even after it’s over, you’ll still be contemplating.

*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Murder, PTSD, Suspense, Terri Blackstock

 

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