Monday, March 5, 2018

Monday #Review - If I Live by Terri Blackstock #Suspense

Series: If I Run # 3
Format: E-Book, 352 pages
Release Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Christian / Suspense

It started with the USA TODAY bestsellers If I Run and If I'm Found, and now Casey Cox's story reaches a thrilling conclusion in If I Live.

Casey is hiding again-in Memphis this time-but it's different now. She knows without a doubt that Dylan believes her and is doing all he can to help bring Brent's killer to justice. He's become an unexpected friend . . . and even, maybe, something more. Hope makes everything more bearable.

Casey makes a deal with the DA to turn over all the evidence she and Dylan have gathered against Keegan and Rollins-only to discover that the DA is in league with them too. After a desperate escape, who can they possibly turn to now?

Time is running out for Casey, but master suspense writer Terri Blackstock will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last, utterly satisfying page.

If I Live is the third and final installment in author Terri Blackstock's If I Run trilogy. As the story picks up, Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. A murder she most definitely did not commit, but she knows who was responsible. 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 and she ends up on the bad end of a killer who will do anything to silence here. 

Meanwhile, 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? Who else is involved in this conspiracy that has engulfed both Dylan and Casey's entire lives?

This is a story that alternatives between both Casey and Dylan, but the author doesn't stop there. She also adds Detective Keegan to the mix. One could say that Keegan is a bit over the top at times, and yes, a bit too predictable. Keegan knows that his days are numbered unless he can silence both Casey, and now Dylan who has become a thorn in his side. But, Dylan isn't going to lay down for Keegan or anyone else for that matter. Dylan's faith, his friend Dex, and his experiences in the military are so much deeper than Keegan can imagine.

Readers pretty much knew that things were going to end one way, or the other. There is no middle room where everyone walks away scot free and has happy endings. Readers also know that the author is deeply involved in writing about the Christian faith. We know that Dylan is a believer, but after certain events push Casey in a certain way, she starts to believe as well. This story, like the previous two, probably won't sit well with those who are atheists. That's not a slap, it's a statement. However, if you like a suspense with two pretty interesting characters in Casey and Dylan, and a romance that blossoms out of everything they have to deal with, then you will enjoy this series. 

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