If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Blackstock-IfIRunCasey Cox is on the run. All evidence points to her as a murderer, and she has no reason to trust that the police will believe her innocence.

But if she is innocent, why did she run? That’s the question that is left for Dylan Roberts, who was hired to track Casey down and bring her in. Catching her could help his career, but the more he finds out, the more nothing adds up.

I’m in the middle of the road with this one. The story was good, but a bit predictable at times. I cared about the characters enough to see what happened next, but I don’t know if I’d pick up the second installment, even though this one ended on a cliffhanger.

I also don’t care for present tense, which this was written in. For the most part I was able to ignore it, but there were times where I couldn’t. Present tense, for me, seems to remove me from the story. Almost like you’re reading about someone’s out-of-body experience as they tell you what they are doing as they do it. There are two main character point of views, and both are told through first person, present tense.

And at this point, I may just be picking, but there is also an error toward the end of the book. Obviously, since Casey is on the run, she goes by an alias. At one point, a character who has only known her by her alias calls her Casey, twice. I had to stop and re-read a couple of times to make sure I hadn’t missed something.

So, all in all, it’s not a bad story, but I think a few changes could have made it better.

1) Overall Plot = 4
2) Characters = 4
3) Flow/Pace of the story =4.5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 3

Average of score 4.1 out of 5

I received a complimentary copy of this book from BookLook in return for an honest review.

Where to buy the book: CBD | Amazon | B&N

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