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If I Run

(If I Run #1)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  15,424 ratings  ·  1,914 reviews
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 mar
Paperback, 305 pages
Published February 16th 2016 by Zondervan
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Wordsworth Brenda is right that it can be enjoyed by anyone, but it definitely preaches and has an evangelical Christian theme that pops up periodically as chara…moreBrenda is right that it can be enjoyed by anyone, but it definitely preaches and has an evangelical Christian theme that pops up periodically as characters contemplate their religious beliefs and literally evangelize to each other, including in the final scene. You can certainly tell that the author is writing from a Religious Right worldview, though the story is not inherently political. (less)
Elizabeth Lopez I got it. I just for some reason had to go to the store on my Kindle Fire.

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Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Casey Cox is on the run.

When Casey discovers her friend Brent injured and left for dead she tries to resuscitate him,. However he doesn't make it, and now Casey is covered in his blood and knows she will be blamed for his death. She feels she has no other option but to leave town as she's certain that no one will believe that she didn't kill him.

Was Brent killed because of what they have found out about her past?

Casey was devastated by her father's suicide when she was twelve years old. She ha
Always Pouting
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I actually enjoyed this book. At first I was not really into it because the writing felt childish but it's a thriller so I wasn't really looking for the writing to be that great anyways. I usually only care about the plot line and how well the author builds suspense when I read a thriller and Blackstock managed to do that pretty well. I'm also sure if I was younger I would have enjoyed it way more. I just wish the characters had more substance but it is the first books so we'll see when there's ...more
Renny Barcelos
Jan 18, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: netgalley
Warning: This is a Christian book AND it ends in a cliffhanger. I think this should have been in the synopsis--I would never have requested this book from NetGalley had I known these facts, especially the first one.

Note that I can read books about any kind of religion, I have no problem with that if it's part of the plot or a trait of a character (or many). The thing here is that it's disguised as a normal thriller but it in reality is just a story trying to shove christianity down the reader's
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I really enjoyed this book up until the end, the end is what made me give it 4 stars. I wanted there to be a wrap up to what all happened, but don't get me wrong, it didn't just end. There is an ending of sorts, it's just one of those where you go... nooooo.. not like that, let's have an end game.

Casey's best friend Brent was killed and she leaves town in a big hurry. Yeah I know what your thinking, if you didn't do it, why would you leave. T
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If I Run by Terri Blackstock is the best suspense I've read in years. This book had it all: perfect pacing, appealing heroine, twists I didn't see coming. ...more
Kira Simion
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017
Before we begin, I wasn't aware this book was of the Christian genre, but doesn't matter because the blurb really sold it to me.

Also I thank Netgally for giving this opportunity to share a bit of this story with you. This is an honest review.


My first thought was that of a song because of the blurb. The blurb states how a cop is after the MC, Casey, and she is laying low because she's suspected to have murdered someone named Brent. The first song I thought of was I'm Coming After You by Owl
Abigayle Claire
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up from my library with the optimistic intention to read it in a day. I was pleasantly surprised when the 300+ pages of content proved gripping enough for me to fulfill that goal (even during the Olympics!). In fact, this one was so full of dramatic statements on truths and absolutes, that I grabbed sticky tabs only a few pages in and journaled off them once I was done. It handled the ideas of suicide, depression, trauma, justice, bravery, vengeance, retribution, the nature of ...more
This book is good with the suspense and mystery. My interest didn't waver with wanting to find out what was really happening. The puzzle of Casey's past and why she is hiding unwound at an appropriate pace. Dylan's background is interesting also. I liked the two main characters (the book alternates between their two voices). Casey did seem too good to be true often. She was on the run for her life but took the time to clean a public restroom and be the bastion of morality in every situation. Als ...more
Judy D Collins
A special thank you to Zondervan Fiction and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

2016 Best Christian Fiction Mystery Suspense -New Series

Terri Blackstock’s first installment in her riveting new multi-layered complex mystery crime series, (If I Run #1) IF I RUN, features a strong unstoppable heroine you will root for, a decades old conspiracy, corrupt cops, a former war veteran with PTSD—a grandmother (readers will love), and her teenage granddaughter which has been missin
R.F. Gammon
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: mature, 16+ probably Christian readers
Recommended to R.F. Gammon by: JonathanT
This is the book I never knew I needed.

This is a thriller series for Christians. It's a Christian book that doesn't shy away from the evil and violence and sorrow of the real world, but still offers glimmers of hope. It's about a young woman who's been crushed by the weight of evil for her entire life and still tries to do what's right no matter the personal cost. It's about a man whose PTSD cripples him, but he still works to follow his God and do what is right. It's about an incredibly corrupt
Allison Tebo
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thrillers
I am a Christian, but I am often disappointed in the genre that is often categorized as "mine." It is very disappointing to me that I often find Christian Fiction full of cringe-worthy tropes and less-than-stellar characterization and writing style. If I Run proved to be yet another installment of that kind of lackluster storytelling in a genre that ought to pursue excellence, but rarely does.

Despite its blurb, I really didn't find many thrills in this novel, it was more of an angst-filled trav
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Yes, yes, yes!!! Terri Blackstock, the talent! I am fully on board for this ride and I can’t wait to see how it plays out!
The end had me in tears!!!
I MUST read If I’m Found!
Mar 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down! It’s been quite some time that I’ve read a book this quickly!
Terri Blackstock worked her magic again with this one. Page after page of nonstop suspense. I love that she had three cases going at once, keeping my mind racing, trying to figure them out. The only thing with this book and I know it’s part of a series, is that it ends with nothing being answered yet for Casey Cox and the murders in her life. I know it will be continued in the next book of the series, bu
Laura Nowlin
Mar 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
Once again, this is a book that I only picked up because it was assigned for the book group I run at the library where I work part-time.
This book is utterly ridiculous. I don't even have time to type out all the plot holes and illogical actions and events that take place.
Suffice to say, I'm a Christian and I *still* found this book insufferably preachy. Also, at the end of the book, Blackstock claims that there is truth to the Planned Parenthood "Baby parts" conspiracy theory that has been deb
m a r y l i z
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it

This was such a wild ride, and I enjoyed it thoroughly.

Lovely Things:

- The characters.The main characters were LIKABLE and realistic and flawed . . . but also just super awesome people whom I would love to know. Casey and Dylan were both super smart. (Seriously WAY smarter than most characters in these types of books. Ahem. :P) I'm not ashamed to admit that Casey's chances of survival are much higher than mine would be if our roles were reversed. xD Both chara
An enjoyable suspense read. Casey and Dylan are both interesting characters. The clues and relationships are good, and Miss Lucy gives a nice Christian testimony in the course of the story.

However, I dropped a star for two reasons. When I ordered the book, I had no idea it was written in present tense. This POV is extremely off-putting for me, and it made it very hard to read. To be brought so close to the moment of the story obscures the action and the perspective, and leaves the reader focused
C.J. Darlington
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
**Second Read** - still a great story! I re-read it in a couple days.

The sign of a great book for me is how long it takes me to read it. IF I RUN took me all of two days! I couldn't set it down. I've read many of Blackstock's books, and this one has a unique voice and storyline I know her fans will enjoy. I was hooked from the start! I also appreciated that the male and female leads were, refreshingly, NOT involved romantically. There is something that happens to propel a subplot that was very
Apr 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Mrs. Blackstock has woven an entirely incredible story in the first POV. At first, I wasn't sure if I liked this certain point of view, but after the first couple chapters I didn't mind. I think I felt a deeper connection with both Casey and Dylan as I got to see inside their heads and feel their emotions more. Casey has literally become one of my top favorite characters. Casey tried so hard not to leave a trail behind her, and yet, everywhere she went she left an impression and impact on people ...more
Hannah Linder
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm speechless. Not five stars . . . a million stars. Amazing. ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent thrill ride of a book! Grabbed me and wouldn't let go! ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
May 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Clean thriller. I really appreciate how the author has been handling everything.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it did not like it
I find myself unable to rate this book right now, because I am just SO angry. (Edit I ended up rating it one star because I can't get over how mad I am.... this was absolutely not marketed honestly and someone should not have surprise ranting and raving about "dead baby body parts" shoved down their throat after reading an entire novel with no obvious zealotry).

This book is really good, the writing is good, the plot kept me hooked from first page to last, etc.

But I really don't appreciate a bo
Abigail Harris
Feb 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful opening to a suspenseful series that keeps you reading long into the night! (A short review until later.)
Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)

Just. WOW.

This book is perhaps the best suspense novel I’ve ever read.

And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve read a lot of suspense novels. I’ve loved a lot of suspense novels. I will love a lot of suspense novels in the future. But If I Run… there’s just something really special about this one.

In fact, I can already guarantee that it will make my “best of 2016” list. I can also guarantee that it will top my list of recommended reads for suspense fans from here on out.

What makes If
Dale Harcombe
This is a simply told story told in two voices. The first is that of Casey Cox who we meet at the scene of a murder. The murder is that of Bent Pace, a close friend and Casey flees from the scene. She knows it is no good contacting the police, they have failed her before. The other choice is that of Dylan Roberts, a war veteran with Post Traumatic Stress. He is a childhood friend of the man murdered and hired by his friend’s parents to fond Casey. Everything he learns about Casey seemed to count ...more
Mar 11, 2016 rated it did not like it
This was a quick, easy read. 300 pgs in 3 hrs....I can't explain how I read it so fast, except there must be large spaces between the words. It wasn't a bad story, and it did have suspense, but I am giving it one star due to the religious undertones and specifically the author's notes and her talk of christians being persecuted. First of all her story was pretty ridiculous, and an obvious start to a new series which she is addicted to writing, but to end it with a rant on her belief of god and s ...more
Linda Strong
Publishing Date 2/16/2016

Casey Cox is running for her life. Her friend, Brent, has been murdered and she found the body. Her DNA is all over the place and she knows the police will never believe her. Brent was investigating her father's supposed suicide and found proof that he was actually murdered.

Dylan Roberts is hired by Brent's parents to find the truth ... the local law enforcement wants him to find Casey. The more Dylan looks into this case, the more he believes that Casey is not a killer.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
If I Run is good, very good. Readers that enjoy suspense should not miss this one!

If I Run is primarily about Casey, who is on the run from the police. She is a smart young lady with a good heart. Dylan is the second main character and he is a soldier with PTSD.

Initially, I was confused by the first person wording by both Casey and Dylan, but I quickly adapted to switch between the two voices.

Terri is the best of the genre. If I Run is highly recommended for fans of suspense.
Victoria Lynn
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Review coming soon. . .
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was given an ARC of If I Run from NetGalley for an honest review and this is my review.
This is a book I had a love hate relationship with. I loved it until the end and then I was so disappointed with how for me there was no real closure I started to hate it. I am really getting disappointed with all these cliffhangers that authors are leaving readers with now days. Frankly, I read over 100 books a year and it is going to take one hell of a book to make me remember it when the next one with the
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Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over seven million books sold worldwide.. She has had over thirty years of success as a novelist.

Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in a U.S. Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest

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