Do you remember the movie “The Fugitive” starring Harrison Ford? Dr. Richard Kimble is charged with the brutal murder of his wife, but is innocent of the crime. Unfortunately, the authorities don’t believe his story, and soon he is on his way to prison. But Dr. Kimble manages to escape and live under an assumed name. A dedicated FBI agent pursues him relentlessly.
Terri Blackstock’s “If I Run” trilogy has the same flavor as “The Fugitive”. The main character, Casey, finds her friend Brent dead in a pool of blood. Unbeknownst to her, she is being set up to take the fall for the murder. With the police about to arrest her, she flees with a stash of cash. Dylan, a private detective with PTSD from his time in Afghanistan, is hired by Brent’s family to find her.
(review of book #1 in the trilogy:) https://alwaysreading1.wordpress.com/2020/11/25/if-i-run-by-terri-blackstock-2016/
“If I’m Found” and “If I Live” are the second and third books of the trilogy.
The story picks up where the first book left off. Even though she is in hiding, Casey is a compassionate person, and just can’t resist helping people in need. A young girl is being rented out to a pedophile to supply her parents with money for their drug habits. Casey tries to report the abuse to the authorities, but her actions only put the spotlight on herself, and the authorities are tipped off about her whereabouts.
Dylan discovers that the very police department that is investigating the murder has some very dirty cops in it. He begins to believe that Casey is innocent, and tries to collect evidence to free her of the murder charge. But it’s difficult with the bad guys blocking the evidence at every turn.
Okay, so this trilogy has a plot that has been used many times by mystery writers. But it’s a clean read without a lot of gore, has an enjoyable fast pace, and leads to a satisfying ending.