Series: If I Run #1
Published by Zondervan on February 16, 2016
Source: the publisher
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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.
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When Casey Cox found her best friend Brent murdered, she left her footprints, fingerprints, and shoe prints all over the crime scene – so she is the obvious prime suspect. Rather than stick around for questioning and to clear her name, Casey is on the run. Casey has a past with the police that isn’t immediately understood at the beginning of the story, but her reasons for running become clear as the story progresses.
Dylan has recently left the military due to PTSD. He has decided to pursue a new career with the police department as an investigator. When the police department approaches him to assist with tracking down their primary suspect in a local murder investigation, Dylan agrees to the job. This is the perfect opportunity for Dylan to prove that he can manage his PTSD, which will help him land a new job as investigator within the department.
On the hunt, Casey is pretty good at evading Dylan. However, the closer he gets to her, the more Dylan begins to question whether or not she is actually the one responsible for Brent’s death.
The opening of this story is pretty suspenseful; I was invested in what Casey was up to while on the run and why she felt she had to run in the first place. I was also curious about the circumstances surrounding poor Brent’s death. I wanted to know more.
Casey’s story slowed a little bit in the middle of the book and a secondary plotline was introduced as the author sort of began to shift the focus on some other characters instead of solely on Casey’s run from the scene of the crime. During this time, Casey’s character was still interesting, but I was definitely less interested in this secondary plotline. I have a few feelings about it that I don’t really want to discuss here because I feel like they would be spoilery. Also, some of Casey’s actions – as well as some of Dylan’s actions in trying to find Casey – required suspension of my disbelief. Suspending my disbelief was not a huge deal for me because the story continued to progress.
Toward the end, I was glad to see that the story was beginning to turn around and pick up again. But then, BOOM, cliffhanger. So you should plan to have the second book on hand and ready to go if you are a cliffhanger-hater.
For the book to have such an open ending: I do like the direction the story seems to be moving. I was holding my breath for a little while because I had no idea what was going to happen as Dylan began closing in on Casey. I’m curious about where these characters seem to be headed as their story picks up with the second installment in the series.