Both the hunter and the hunted in this novel have post-traumatic stress disorder. Dylan has returned from military service in the middle-east with vivid memories of friends being blown up by IEDs. Casey has been traumatized by finding her father hanging from a rope in an apparent suicide when she was 12. She has never believed it was a suicide, but has no proof to suggest otherwise.
Then Casey is further traumatized when she finds her friend Brent in a pool of blood after being repeatedly stabbed. Fearing she will be accused of murder, Casey runs, leading the police to indeed think she committed the murder. Dylan is hired by Brent’s grief-stricken family to assist the police department in finding Casey and bringing her to justice. How long can Casey elude Dylan and the police?
Although this is a familiar plot for a mystery book, the author lets you see into Casey’s mind and heart to a degree that won’t let you stop reading. It’s obvious from the beginning of the book that she didn’t do the crime, but how will she prove herself innocent?
Casey has to make herself disappear quickly, a feat not easily accomplished in the age of electronic surveillance. There are so many ways to track a person on the run!
So she starts life over in a new place, with a new name and new friends. In the process, she manages to solve a two-year-old mystery in the town. But her own mystery continues to leave her in a dangerous predicament.
“If I Run” is actually the first book in a trilogy by Terri Blackstock. Having read this book in less than two days, I can’t wait to read the second and third book, and see how Casey proves her innocence.