Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock, a best-selling author of Christian fiction, has another winner with If I'm Found, book two of the If I Run trilogy. If you haven't read book one, this review might have a few spoilers to it.

Casey Cox has been on the run since book one of the trilogy. In book one she found her friend's body and was framed for his murder by crooked cops. Book two picks up as she is running away again to avoid prosecution and probable death.

In addition to being pursued by the crooked cops, she is also being sought by Dylan Roberts, a private investigator who was hired by her friend's parents. Dylan says that he believes she is innocent and wants to help her. Casey is slightly skeptical. Both of them seek ways for her to clear her name and keep her safe.

The book is written with alternating points of view in different chapters. This works in part because each chapter is clearly labeled as to who is telling the story at that point. It's also effective because it lets us get into the different characters heads.

There are two interesting subplots. One is about Dylan's struggle with PTSD. The other has to do with Casey finding a suicide note and an abused girl. Both reveal more about the characters.

The book also has a small focus on the relationship Dylan and Casey have with their faith. In Casey's case, it is a question of establishing and developing faith. Dylan prays for Casey on at least one occasion.

The pace of the book is fast for the most part increasing towards the end as things come to a head. Even though you can pretty much tell "whodunit," how it will be resolved is still up in the air. Casey has to decide if she will trust Dylan among other things.

I had not read book one. I had no trouble getting into book two and up to speed on what was going on. Things are not totally resolved at the end of this book. It will leave you anxious to have book three in your hands.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a good thriller. I would read book three to find out what happens next. It's well-written suspense.

If I'm Found is due to be released March 21, 2017 from Zondervan.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.