Okay, we need to chat. I’ve read some pretty great, and some pretty horrible books in my quest to hear the best stories I can. It’s book report time ya’ll!
So, I decided that I’ll share my thoughts on how they hold up with one book a month.
This month, I’m looking back at If I Run by Terri Blackstock.
In a basic rundown, the story is about a girl who appears to be guilty of murdering her best friend. But did she really kill him? And if she didn’t, who wants to make it look like she did? Casey is on the run while a bounty hunter is close on her trail – how long can she remain on the run?
I really enjoyed this book!
Terri is always a good read for me, and this was no exception. I found the writing style to be very easy to read and flows really well. It had a great way of giving suspense when needed, and breathing room on the flip side. Enough detail to keep you engaged, but not too many to slow you down.
The characters were utterly fascinating. I loved Casey and Dylan, both.
They had such depth, and tackled/dealt with such tangible and real personal issues that they were so understandable. The way they made their decisions felt authentic, and the voices had distinct differences throughout the novel. The backstories were explored well, and as the series continues, I look forward to finding out more.
The story itself was great.
I loved the idea of being on the run, trying to find someone who is supposedly a killer, and the potential conspiracies that lie behind the murder. Casey’s ability to blend in to her surroundings while running for her life had enough backstory to believe that she could actually conduct herself the way the character did. Sometimes when authors don’t give enough backstory or reasoning for a person to be ‘superman/woman’ it can be hard to believe. This was not the case for Casey.
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I found the 1st third to be fascinating, the 2nd third illuminating, and the final third such a wild ride, I could barely get through it fast enough! There were some moments that lagged a bit, but overall it was very well paced and built to an exciting conclusion.
So there you go – my thoughts on an interesting crime read that isn’t finished just yet!
I’ll be digging into another book next month, so get ready for another Book Report coming soon.
Have you read this book? Or maybe you’re inspired to go and read it now? Let me know either way in the comments below!
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