Author: Terri Blackstock
Series: If I Run #2
Release Date: March 21, 2017
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
The second book in the series but might just be Blackstock’s best book yet. A tight, suspenseful story that will leave you begging for more.
Casey Cox is on the run for a murder she didn’t commit. She has just gotten away again from the man tasked to bring her in, PI Dylan Roberts. He had her in his grasp but let her go. She has been emailing him, insisting her innocence and he is starting to believe her. He still isn’t sure he can trust her but each day a new piece of evidence turns up making her seem more believable than those after her. Casey is trying to gather evidence about the murder she is accused of and others, exposing deep corruption within the department that is trying to frame her. During her search, she also uncovers evidence of a child being abused and a man on the verge of suicide. Even though she knows she should focus on staying safe and clearing her own name, she can’t help trying to help others, even if she ends up found in the process and killed before she would make it to jail.
I have been a fan of Terri Blackstock for a long time and must say this might be her best book. It is hard for a second book in a series to be that good, a lot of times it is just filler for what is coming in the third (and usually final) in the series. I would advise reading the first in the series, just to have the background necessary to understand what the characters are going through. The tension was at a whole new level for Blackstock making this the best I have read by her. Casey and Dylan both have problems that make them flawed characters that we can relate to and want to root for. We might not all be running from a murder we didn’t commit or have PTSD, but we all have problems. At times the problems Casey finds herself in might seem a little hard to believe, but the way it is all set up with Casey being a people person and getting involved in others’ lives when she should be keeping to herself makes it easy to see how she could wind up in the situations she does. With all the close calls that Casey finds herself in, I was on the edge of my seat and couldn’t put the book down. It is only March but I have no doubt this will be in my top ten for the year. I recommend this book to everyone that enjoys a good suspense thriller that is clean, without unnecessary crude language or sex scenes throughout.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.