The police force are the ones who are supposed to keep you safe. But it’s not uncommon for there to be a few corrupt cops who tarnish the sterling representation of the rest of the force, leading people to distrust the police. Terri Blackstock’s If I Run is a prime example of this feeling.
Casey Cox is wanted for murder. Her shoe prints and DNA are all over the crime scene, not to mention that the blood of the victim is on her abandoned car. And though Casey didn’t murder her friend Brent, she runs into hiding to evade the authorities–and she’s quite good at it. Drawing on her experience with crime novels and shows, not to mention that her father was a police officer, Casey is adept at not leaving a good trace for the Shreveport police to follow. Brent’s parents hire one of Brent’s friends, Dylan Roberts, to find Casey so their son can have justice. In tracking Casey down, Dylan begins to doubt Casey’s guilt and starts to question the officers working with him on Brent’s case.
A quickly paced narrative that comes from both Casey and Dylan’s perspective, this novel covers not only Casey’s case but also a case of a missing girl in a secluded town where Casey winds up hiding out. Realizing the publisher of this book is a Christian publisher, I was wary that the story would be flooded with BELIEFS, but I was happy that while visibly present throughout, it wasn’t horribly overwhelming and fit in with situations appropriately.
Overall, I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars.