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If I Run – Terri Blackstock

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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 got this book as an ARC on NetGalley so thank you NetGalley for giving me this copy. I requested this book because it sounded good and interesting. I had never heard of this author before, so it was my first experience of her writing and her as an author. What captured me about this book was the description.

So this description got me interested and pulled me into the story, I had got approved of this I think just after Christmas and it’s taken me now to just get to reading it, I got in a bit of Lady Midnight book slumber. Plus uni work has been killing me so onto what I thought about this book.

The book was told in dual point of view, following Casey who is on the run from the police so she doesn’t get captured and put in prison or murdered when her best friend Brent dies. The other person we follow is Dylan who has been hired by Brent’s family to find Casey and bring her home so justice can be served.

Casey was an interesting character, as soon as this book starts we see Casey preparing to run away after finding her best friend dead. Knowing that she would be blamed for his murder we see Casey travel across the country to get away from it and as does this she meet a few interesting characters including a Miss Lucy who she ends up residing with for a few days, once she gets her new life sorted. Casey although she is on the run she does small things to still help at one point she helps someone who has fallen, another time she stands up to someone who was watching porn in the library in front of a child. So although she is on the run she does small things like that, which says a lot about her personality and her character.

Dylan has recently returned home from serving in the army and has a slight hint of PTSD, he is hired by Brent’s family to bring Casey home, and the police department also agrees for him to be hired and give him limited access to the police files. From the get go Dylan doesn’t always believe that Casey is the killer, the more he hears about her the more he begins to question. He investigates properly and asks Casey and Brent’s friends, and he tries to give her a reason for why she could have maybe flipped and killed her best friend. Also the fact that she found her father’s body when he was murdered, which was made to look like a suicide, maybe if that has disturbed her to make her do this. Dylan is a far interesting character wanting to believe the best and not follow the sheep in what other things, Dylan’s view changes once he speaks to someone who ends up dead before she can tell him anything real. He then discovers the cops might be bent. He begins to side with Casey and believe that she is also innocent.

The story had a multi-narrative structure, with not only the main story we had a little side story of Miss Lucy’s granddaughter who has been missing for two years. Casey can’t help but get herself involved and does eventually find her in a neighbours basement with a baby. They don’t believe her and she gets arrested, Casey, of course, can’t help herself and goes back and she finds them and rescues them, as the neighbour is about to attack her. Dylan comes to the rescue and saves her, he also lets Casey go. Believing that she is in fact innocent.

This is where my bad bit comes in, I hated how the book ended, I mean a part of me expected it to be more than 1 book series, but I kind of wish they would have properly wrapped up Laura’s story, the missing teenager. Although she’s found we don’t really get told what happens. So that kind of annoyed me, I did expect the main storyline to carry on, so I had to knock off a star, so unless Terri Blackstock will come back to this in the next book which seems pointless unless it is somehow intertwined with the story.

Overall it had a good plot, good characters, it kept me wanting to read the next page, and wanting to know what happens.

So this description got me interested and pulled me into the story, I had got approved of this I think just after Christmas and it’s taken me now to just get to reading it, I got in a bit of Lady Midnight book slumber. Plus uni work has been killing me so onto what I thought about this book.

The book was told in dual point of view, following Casey who is on the run from the police so she doesn’t get captured and put in prison or murdered when her best friend Brent dies. The other person we follow is Dylan who has been hired by Brent’s family to find Casey and bring her home so justice can be served.

Casey was an interesting character, as soon as this book starts we see Casey preparing to run away after finding her best friend dead. Knowing that she would be blamed for his murder we see Casey travel across the country to get away from it and as does this she meet a few interesting characters including a Miss Lucy who she ends up residing with for a few days, once she gets her new life sorted. Casey although she is on the run she does small things to still help at one point she helps someone who has fallen, another time she stands up to someone who was watching porn in the library in front of a child. So although she is on the run she does small things like that, which says a lot about her personality and her character.

Dylan has recently returned home from serving in the army and has a slight hint of PTSD, he is hired by Brent’s family to bring Casey home, and the police department also agrees for him to be hired and give him limited access to the police files. From the get go Dylan doesn’t always believe that Casey is the killer, the more he hears about her the more he begins to question. He investigates properly and asks Casey and Brent’s friends, and he tries to give her a reason for why she could have maybe flipped and killed her best friend. Also the fact that she found her father’s body when he was murdered, which was made to look like a suicide, maybe if that has disturbed her to make her do this. Dylan is a far interesting character wanting to believe the best and not follow the sheep in what other things, Dylan’s view changes once he speaks to someone who ends up dead before she can tell him anything real. He then discovers the cops might be bent. He begins to side with Casey and believe that she is also innocent.

The story had a multi-narrative structure, with not only the main story we had a little side story of Miss Lucy’s granddaughter who has been missing for two years. Casey can’t help but get herself involved and does eventually find her in a neighbours basement with a baby. They don’t believe her and she gets arrested, Casey, of course, can’t help herself and goes back and she finds them and rescues them, as the neighbour is about to attack her. Dylan comes to the rescue and saves her, he also lets Casey go. Believing that she is in fact innocent.

This is where my bad bit comes in, I hated how the book ended, I mean a part of me expected it to be more than 1 book series, but I kind of wish they would have properly wrapped up Laura’s story, the missing teenager. Although she’s found we don’t really get told what happens. So that kind of annoyed me, I did expect the main storyline to carry on, so I had to knock off a star, so unless Terri Blackstock will come back to this in the next book which seems pointless unless it is somehow intertwined with the story.

Overall it had a good plot, good characters, it kept me wanting to read the next page, and wanting to know what happens.

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