1. If I Live, If I Run Series #3
    If I Live, If I Run Series #3
    Terri Blackstock
    Zondervan / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Must Read
    May 16, 2018
    Jennybug52
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    5 stars- Wow, what a finish to the series! This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I found it super easy to pick up from where I left off in book 2 and the action never stopped. Terri did such a great job of creating a storyline that seemed totally plausible and wasnt over-the-top with unrealistic scenarios. I never quite knew what to expect next and thats what made this story such a thrill ride. I devoured it in just a few days. This is definitely my new favorite series by Terri and I will be recommending it to all my friends. The only downside to this book is that it was the final one in the series.

    I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and the views and opinions expressed are my own.
  2. Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Will Casey Ever Be Free?
    May 16, 2018
    Semmie
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    ** "I don't know if I'm talking to God in the right way, but I have learned that Jesus intercedes for me. And I know he'll translate my prayers into what I really need. ... I linger in that prayer zone a little longer, dwelling on the privilege of coming to the Creator with my pleas." **

    Terri Blackstock's "If I Live," the third and final installment in her "If I Run" series, picks up immediately after the series' second story "If I'm Found," with Casey Cox still on the run for being falsely accused of murdering her friend, Brent Pace.

    Dylan Roberts, a private investigator hired by Brent's family, is still secretly helping Casey as she continues to change her identity and flee to new locations. And together they are both still trying to prove the guilt of dirty detectives Gordon Keegan and Sy Rollins.

    As they face more murders, arsons, kidnappings and attempted murders, will Casey and Dylan ever be able to prove her innocence and win back her freedom? And will they be able to work on their developing relationship?

    Blackstock once again delivers a breath-taking suspense novel that's action-packed and intense. As with the prior novels in the series, she sets the story told from the points of view of three characters -- Casey, Dylan and Keegan, which provides the reader with several different perspectives to move the story along.

    As usual, Blackstock doesn't just write a great suspense thriller, though. She also sprinkles it with many great lessons -- like encouraging us to not wait to let Jesus into our lives; God's ways aren't always our ways; God will provide help and ways out of difficult situations; He paves a way for us so that we can complete His plan for us; we must always dig for the truth; and we must choose to trust God.

    Quoting Romans 8:28, she reminds us that God will work ALL THINGS for our good.

    I would definitely not recommend reading this book as a standalone, although you probably could if you wanted to as Blackstock does a good job of sprinkling the backstory throughout the book, reminding us of the details of Casey's father's death, Brent's murder, and kidnapping and child molestation cases Casey got involved in earlier.

    Another great series by Terri Blackstock!

    Five stars out of five.

    Zondervan provided this complimentary copy for my honest, unbiased review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book!
    May 14, 2018
    Stephie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was an excellent conclusion to this series! If I live held my attention from the first few pages. The main characters are realistic, likable, and complex!

    I highly recommend this book! The author is an excellent writer!

    This series was great! But book #3 was my favorite! You will be glad you read this book!

    *I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. No positive review was required! My opinion is my own!
  4. New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Brilliant End to Series
    May 11, 2018
    Iola
    New Zealand
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    If I Live is the final book in a trilogy, and dont even think about reading it if you havent already read If I Run and If Im Found. If I Live picks up almost exactly where If Im Found ends, so if youre one of those readers who has the patience to wait for the whole series before you read the first book, this series is perfect for you.

    Also, if you havent read If I Run and If Im Found, you probably shouldnt read this (or any) review, as they will inevitably contain spoilers about the earlier books. You have been warned

    Casey Cox is on the run again (still?) after being set up as the supposed killer of her friend, Brent Pace. Brents parents dont believe Casey is responsible, so hire PI Dylan Roberts to investigate. As he tracks her through If I Run and If Im Found, he comes to believe her storythat shes been set up the men behind her fathers death twelve years ago.

    If I Live starts with a bang, as fugitive Casey narrowly escapes capture. The suspense never lets up, and there are plenty of unpredictable twists as Casey and Dylan work together to evade the police. The whole novel takes place over a matter of days, rather than the months or weeks of the previous novels. That adds to the pace.

    One of the potential dangers of reading suspense novels, especially a trilogy such as this, is that the focus is all on the suspense plot. Its all action-action-action with no character. The If I Run trilogy doesnt make that mistake. Casey and Dylan both grow as characters over the course of the series, and that focus on character lifts the series, and especially If I Live, out of the ordinary. I especially liked Caseys unusual faith journey:

    "I don't know why I didn't think of this before. I can learn so much about Christianity by listening to YouTube videos."

    If I Live is written in first person present tense from several points of view. I thought those choices added to the suspense, although I know some readers dont like first person and/or present tense. If thats you but you like a good thriller, dont let it put you off. First person present tense can be agonising in the hands of an amateur writer, but Terri Blackstock is no amateur. Start reading, and youll soon forget its first person.

    Recommended for thriller and suspense fans but only for those who read the first books first!

    Thanks to Zondevan and NetGalley for providing a free ebook for review.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    perfect ending
    May 5, 2018
    Deana
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have been waiting for the conclusion of this series because it has been a heart stopping ride that I couldn't get enough of. I knew it was coming to a close and was anxious to see how the author would wrap everything up. Casey has been living on the edge of awhile . Is her luck running out? There are just so many ways to disguise yourself before someone catches on. When you are wanted for murder, you will do everything you can not to get caught. Her smarts keeps her hidden from the police as she tries to prove she did not murder anyone.

    I really enjoyed the interaction between Casey and Claire. It was nice to read how they shared their faith with each other. A new Christian like Casey really made Claire realize how we can get immune to what He really did for us. I thought this was a great side story that reminded Casey that she is not alone in trying to prove her innocence.

    If I was ever in trouble I know I would call Dylan for help. He is one sharp person. Details don't get past him and he is determined to help prove Casey's innocence. Their lives are in turmoil as danger surrounds them. Who doesn't want Casey found alive? What does she know that could destroy someone's integrity, job and perhaps their freedom? This is Terri at her very best as she reveals pure terror and heartless people who will do anything to keep themselves out of jail.

    This is one book that keeps you on your toes as explosions happen, death threats are spoken about and more bodies pile up. It's a race to the end as Casey and Dylan try to stay ahead of the master mind behind all that they have encountered.Well done Terri. You have given readers an ending that will not be forgotten. I'm sad to see the series end, but know the author is busy with a new book for her fans to grab up when it is hot off the press.

    I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild. The review is my own opinion.
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