If I’m Found/If I Live – by Terri Blackstock (2017, 2018)

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.

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If I Run – by Terri Blackstock (2016)

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?

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