If I Live – Terri Blackstock – If I Run #3 – Zondervan – Published 6 March 2018
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?
And so concludes the If I Run series. If I Live finishes the series with a whole lot of tension, lots of near-death moments, and some long-awaited romance. The action and suspense in If I Live picks up right where book two left off, and, finally, Casey Cox has a chance for justice – if she can stay alive long enough.
If I Live is the third and final book in the If I Run series. I recommend that this series be read in chronological order to fully understand the crimes detailed within and the overall plot line. Since the first book, Casey Cox has been on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of the criminals who have framed her for the death of her best friend. Now, Casey has Private Investigator Dylan Roberts on her side. It is just a matter of staying alive long enough to bring the evidence to light.
The If I Run series has been one tense ride from book one all the way up until If I Live. I don’t think there is a slow moment amongst all three books. If I Live is the perfect conclusion to the story. The chapters are written from alternating perspectives, predominately Casey and Dylan’s, but the bad guy gets a few sections of his own, allowing the reader a glimpse of his plans and motives, and only increasing the suspense. I couldn’t put this book down once I started reading it and I literally read it while on the edge of my seat.
But it isn’t only action, mystery and suspense that will have readers hooked to If I Live. Casey and Dylan finally get a chance to explore their growing feelings. Their romance has developed slowly over the three books, from enemies, the hunted and the hunter, to allies and the only safe person in each other’s lives. It was so wonderful to see them finally get a few stolen moments to just enjoy each other’s company.
I highly recommend the If I Run series to readers of crime-driven suspense, especially if they want a series that doesn’t hold back on tension. All three books should be read in series order, and are well worth enjoying. I am sad to have finished Casey and Dylan’s story, but I am totally satisfied with the ending they were given.
Oh, and have you noticed how all three book covers line up to complete one image? Awesome.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Genre: Christian suspense.
Themes: Crime, mystery, murder, police, detective, romance, family, friendship.
Published: 6 March 2018 by Zondervan.
Format: Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook. 352 pages.