Tuesday, March 21

If I'm Found: A Book Review

If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

This is the second book in the "If I Run" series. I've summarized my review of the first book, If I Run, at the bottom of this blog post.

Let me start off by saying that I deeply enjoyed this book! I love reading mystery/suspense novels, but hate reading them by secular authors because there's usually too much profanity, sex or violence. It seems like Blackstock is able to balance mystery and able to build suspense with taming the graphic nature of suspense novel subjects.

This book picks up right where the last one, If I Run, leaves off with Casey Cox on the run from the ex-military turned private investigator Dylan Roberts. He's been tracking her since he was hired by the family of a man (Casey's good friend) who, along with the police, are hunting Casey for the man's murder. The readers were left in a place where we believe that Casey was able to convince Dylan that she wasn't involved in the murder and that some members of the local police force were crooked and to blame. They've been able to exchange secret emails, and Casey isn't sure if she believes she can trust Dylan. As she's working to collect evidence about the real murderers, Casey stumbles on another injustice. This book does a great job at weaving the story lines together to fully draw the reader into the tale and root for Casey...and Dylan.


If I Run by Terri Blackstock (review from March 2016)

Because I've shied away from fiction in the last couple years, I honestly can't remember the last time I read a Terri Blackstock book, if ever. Given that she's a bigger name in Christian fiction, this book was a rather safe chance for me to add to my reading list. The book follows Casey after she finds her best friend killed at his home. Knowing that her DNA is all over the scene, she flees (very intelligently with using cash, prepaid cell phones, a new ID, etc) while she tries to gather a better understanding about what actually happened to her journalist friend looked into the death of her father before he was killed. Hint: her father's death was obviously a dangerous enough subject that her journalist friend was killed over it. The characters and mystery in this novel were top notch. I found myself on the edge of my seat during the whole book, and strangely sad when it was over. Due to the semi-resolved state of the ending, I'm hoping Blackstock writes a follow-up novel. One of the best fiction books I've read in a long time!

Disclaimer: This book was provided to me free of charge by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. All the opinions expressed are completely my own. Also, affiliate links used. This means that if you purchase a book via the Amazon links, I'll receive a small percentage. Thank you for supporting my blog!

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