Friday, February 5, 2016

If I Run + Giveaway


If I run, to where? Will it set me free?

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Title:  If I Run
Series: If I Run
Author:  Terri Blackstock
Publisher:  Zondervan
Release Date:  February 16, 2016

    


ABOUT THE BOOK

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 marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren't adding up. Casey Cox doesn't fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan's skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn't guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan's damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.

                                                                                                                                                                          

MY THOUGHTS

I can't believe it! An electrifying suspense thriller that will have you turning the pages before you read the last word!  It took me just one evening, and I just had to finish it.  I feel extremely sheltered, knowing that If I Run is the very first novel I've read of Terri Blackstock. I know, shocking! For this, I must give a shout-out to the cover design team of If I Run. I love it, and it really was the cover that grabbed my attention first.

With If I Run, we are inside the main characters' head, from Casey to Dylan, we see their thoughts and feel their anxiety and at times emotional pain.  What would you do if you found your best friend in a pool of blood? And the fact that you are the main suspect in his murder? Will you run or trust that those who have a history of lies be able to set you free?  In Dylan's case, one can't imagine what a combat soldier and a criminal investigator goes through in times of warfare and how post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can affect someone.   The first person scenario hits the mark in getting this reader interested and invested.  Casey is a wonderful heroine and Dylan is someone you can trust. Both strong characters that carried this story till the end.

In terms of the plot, we have one main mystery, the death of Brett, whom Casey's the number one suspect, and then we have two side stories, that pretty much have life on its own, especially if the former one is connected to Brett's murder. As to the secondary mystery, I'm happy there's a conclusion to it. This secondary mystery gives us an unwavering knowledge of who Casey is. She is someone that will sacrifice herself for the well-being of others, even if she hardly knew the person.  That makes her story even more powerful. I genuinely like her. I hope there's more to this series, and that we won't have to wait long. Even though we have answers, there are some things that I hope for in a novel that I'd love to have closure on. So hopefully in the next book in the series, we have more closure.  Pick this one up. You won't regret it!

QUOTABLE QUOTES:
"Everything has everything to do with everything." (109) 
"Come to me all ye who are burdened and heavy laden, and I will give you rest." -  Matthew 11:28 (130)
"The Lord sometimes uses sorrow in our lives to deepen us...because what good are we if we're shallow? He can use us when we have some depth.  He had sorrows, so why shouldn't we?" (136) 
 "...that's how God is with us.  He teaches us, sometimes has to be stern with us, and disciplines us.  All because He loves us." (137)

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Terri Blackstock has sold over seven million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestselling author. She is the award-winning author of Intervention, Vicious Cycle, and Downfall, as well as such series as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the Sun Coast Chronicles, and the Restoration series.

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GIVEAWAY

Join Terri in celebrating her new book with a Fitbit giveaway and a special $4.99 digital pre-order deal!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on February 16th. The winner will be announced February 17th on the Litfuse blog.

Plus don't miss out on the special $4.99 digital pre-order pricing, now through February 15. Pre-order the book through your favorite e-book retailer; details here.

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2 comments :

  1. for your first Terri Blackstock novel, you picked a good one :D I can also highly recommend the Suncoast Chronicles (Evidence of Mercy was my favorite TB book until If I Run lol) and then the Newpointe 911 series. Those are her older series but in my opinion the best ones. Again.. until If I Run :)

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  2. Thanks Carrie! I'll have to look into those. I'm all over Terri now! I have to add her books to my TBR list. I'm just anxiously waiting for the next one. =) I'm sure you are too!

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