Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Review 'If I'm Found' by Terri Blackstock


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/30649227-if-i-m-found?ac=1&from_search=true
Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormenters. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

The Facts:


Publication Date:
March 21st, 2017
Series:
If I Run #2
Genre:
Christian Fiction, Suspense
Pages:
352
Formats:
eBook, Paperback, Hardcover, Audio
Available at:

My Review:


‘If I’m Found’ is the second book in the If I Run series. I haven’t read the first book, ‘If I Run’ but I was told this wouldn’t be a problem. Since I love a good thriller/suspense novel this book sounded really good to me and I started reading as fast as I could.

In ‘If I’m Found’ we meet Casey Cox. Casey is accused of brutally killing her best friend. And she has been on the run ever since. Casey didn’t kill her best friend, but the people who did are very powerful, and have a lot they want to keep still. In the previous book, Casey helped free a young kidnapped girl, which almost got her caught herself. But private investigator Dylan, let her go. But does this mean he believes her to be innocent? Or is it all a trap? Although Casey most hide, since her face has been all over the news, she also needs to find proof she is not the one who brutally murdered her best friend. And in order to this, maybe she needs to start trusting someone. 

From the very beginning I found ‘If I’m Found’ to be a very easy to read, very suspenseful novel. Although I didn’t read the first book, I definitely didn’t feel like I missed something big because the author made sure I still understood everything. Off course I think this book would be even better if you read the first one too, but it wasn’t a must. 

The main characters Casey and Dylan are easy to like and to relate too. Casey is very good at hiding her identity which is very useful since the people she is up against are very powerful. But the thing that impressed me most about Casey, was the fact she was just so kind. Here she is in the middle of her own personal hell, but when she finds out an innocent man is being accused of sextual assault, she does everything she cans to proof he is innocent. As a fan of her character I wished she wasn’t so damn good because she really put herself in jeopardy, but it was a great way to make this book even more suspenseful.

And Dylan is suffering from PTSD. Although his character was a little harder to get to know than Casey, I loved reading how passionate and determined he was to find proof Casey is innocent. And above all I loved how unselfish he was. Here Dylan was, being unable to get a good night of sleep due to his PTSD but all he wants is to save Casey. I loved that about him.

There were two little things I didn’t really get in this book. The first one was Casey’s sudden believe in God and everything having it’s reason. I don’t mind if a character is religious at all, but to me this sounded like it was coming out of the blue. And on a personal note, I find it hard to believe there is a God when Casey is dealt so much crap, but that’s beside the point.

The other thing that I didn’t really get was the romance part at the end of the book. Maybe I missed something because I haven’t read the previous book, but that romance bit I definitely didn’t see coming. I just didn’t get that, and I think it didn’t really fit the story.

But overall I definitely think ‘If I’m Found’ is a great read. And I would love to be able to read more in this series. If you’re a fan of suspense novels, this is definitely a book you would like.

My Rating:

About the Author:


Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of two Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five 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 friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.

Recent books include Truth Stained Lies (Book 1 of her Moonlighters Series), and her acclaimed Intervention Series (Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall). Other recent favorites include Predator, Double Minds, the Restoration Series, the Newpointe 911 Series, the Cape Refuge Series, and the SunCoast Chronicles series.

In 1994 Terri was writing romance novels under two pseudonyms for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening prompted her to switch gears. At the time, she was reading more suspense than romance, and felt drawn to write thrillers about ordinary people in grave danger. Her newly awakened faith wove its way into the tapestry of her suspense novels, offering hope instead of despair. Her goal is to entertain with page-turning plots, while challenging her readers to think and grow. She hopes to remind them that they’re valued by God and that their trials have a purpose.

For more information about Terri Blackstock please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook and Twitter.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.
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