First, the story wasn't at all what I was expecting. I've read Ms. Blackstock in the past. I enjoy how she does suspense. In my opinion, it's out of the box, but that's what makes her writing interesting. Sometimes the same ol' formula of suspense gets tiring. With that said, I was NOT prepared for this book. First the pov style (1st person pov) threw me off. It was actually frustrating, but because the story hooked me, I stuck with it.
And boy am I glad I did!
Casey Cox finds her bestfriend murdered and RUNS. Immediately questions began to form in my mind. Is she innocent? If she is, WHY is she running?! I tell you, Ms. Blackstock kept my mind engaged through the entire novel. I had to know what made Casey run.
Once that part was revealed, I had to know what would happen to her. Her deceased friend's parents hire Dylan Roberts to find her and bring her back. Y'all Dylan gripped me. A former Army soldier, he's dealing with PTSD and needs to solve the mystery of Casey to validate himself. Can he still be useful and contribute to society after being labeled with PTSD? If he was a real man, I would wrap him in a bear hug.
Okay, now here comes the part that has my mind reeling. This book is part one in a trilogy!! I know right?! Why do authors pull us in, suck us into another world, make our heart bleed for the characters and leave us hanging?! (SN: I'm saying this as a fellow reader and not as an author.) It's absolute torture, but torture I will be part in because I HAVE to know what happens next. I don't know when the next book will release, but I will be stalking Ms. Blackstock's Facebook--I mean checking regularly--to make sure I don't miss it.
If you are willing to dive head first into Casey Cox's world (and you should), you can buy the book at Amazon, B&N, and CBD, among other retailers. If you aren't a fan of Ms. Blackstock (and you should be), check out her Website for her social media links.
And if you've read If I Run, please tell me I'm not the only one going insane that it's part of a trilogy that I now have to wait for. Also, who did you identify with the most, Casey or Dylan?
*I give this a 5 out of 5!