When I selected my seat for the 2017 ACFW Conference Gala, I discovered a copy of Terri Blackstock’s If I Run in my chair. Intrigued by the book’s back cover, I packed it in my carry-on and headed home. My TBR pile was quite large, so a couple of months passed before I opened the cover.
If I Run is the story of Casey Cox, a young lady who discovers her best friend’s body, her DNA covers the crime scene. Since the police have failed her in the past, she’s forced to flee to avoid being arrested…or worse. Dylan Roberts has been hired by the victim’s family to find her, but his diagnosis of PTSD after returning home from war proves to be an obstacle. As events unfold, he wonders if she is a psychopathic killer or a selfless hero.
I read the first chapter to see if Blackstock’s writing style piqued my interest and then finished this book in less than 24 hours. Needing to know what happened next, I borrowed a copy of If I’m Found from our library and was thrilled to follow Casey across the country as she dodged those who chased her. I turned page after page desperate for the exchanges between Casey and Dylan – secret emails laced with truth. You must read to find out if she finds light in the darkness.
Though Blackstock is a multi-published, best-selling author, I’m new to her works. As a student of her craft, I tried to dissect her writing, but I devoured chapter after chapter. I couldn’t slow down. Soon I will reread the books and study how she drew me in and kept me turning the pages. Though I’m writing romance, good writing is good writing, and I want to continue to improve.
I got my hands on a copy of If I Live, the thrilling conclusion to the series, which was released on March 6th. Thankfully my schedule is relatively light tomorrow. I don’t expect to get any sleep tonight. Grab your copy today!