Wednesday, March 7, 2018

If I Live by Terri Blackstock

If I Live
Series: If I Run # 3
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Publisher: Zondervan
Released: March 6, 2018
352 pages
About the Book:
Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

My Rating & Thoughts:    🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟    (5 stars) 
None stop nail-biting action! Don’t let your guard down because you never know what is going to happen next. It appears that Casey finally has a chance at justice, but she has to say alive long enough first. There were many times I was scared witless for Casey and Dylan. Never knowing who to trust some chances they take work out and others backfire. I was shocked at the extent of villain’s reach and how much control over others he had. Through it all though Casey learns that God is on her side and always watching out for her. She learns to find the good moments in amidst the tough ones.

Keegan, the villain of the series, is even more evil than in the previous books. As much as getting inside Keegan’s head terrified me, I loved that the story was told from his perspective as well as Casey and Dylan. I felt this allowed me to really understand the characters and what motivated them.

I have really enjoyed the way Dylan and Casey’s relationship has progressed over the course of the three books. The progression feels unique, first Dylan is hunting Casey down, then he begins to believe her story, then during the course of trying to find evidence to prove that Casey is innocent the two develop a relationship that had me cheering for them to win this battle and end up together. The few moments that had together were charming.

In addition to main characters, a few new ones were introduced, I wasn’t sure what to think about the “Google search” lawyer but I ended up really liking his part in the story. He surprised me (in a good way). This book kept the same feel as the previous two and flowed wonderfully, I never felt like I missed something. I am satisfied with the conclusion of this book and the series.

It was a struggle to make myself put this book down one I started it; as much as I wanted to savour it I devoured it over the course of two evenings. This is a series that MUST be read in order. This is the only way that the reader will fully understand what is going on, why Casey is a wanted fugitive, how Casey and Dylan connect and just what lengths the villain will go to get their way.

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(I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan through NetGalley; opinions expressed in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)


Other Books in the Series:

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