In Review: If I’m Found

Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?

Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her escape before when he had her in his grasp, but trust doesn’t come easily.

As Casey works to collect evidence about the real murderers, she stumbles on another unbearable injustice: an abused child and a suicidal man who’s also been falsely accused. Casey risks her own safety to right this wrong and protect the little girl from her tormentors. But doing so is risky and just may result in her capture—and if she’s captured, she has no doubt she’ll be murdered before she ever steps foot in a jail.

In this riveting sequel to the USA Today bestseller If I Run, evil lurks, drawing Casey out of the shadows . . . but there is light shining in the darkness. Is Dylan a provision from the God who loves her, or another heartache yet to happen?

I enjoyed Terry Blackstock’s If I’m Found because it’s difficult not to like the character, Casey Cox. She’s still running from investigators for a murder she did not commit. At first, I struggled with the first-person narration until I found Blackstock’s identification of the “I” in each chapter title to provide readers with a helpful clue. After several chapters, I loved the first person because it added to the immediacy and tension of the narrative.

The first book, If I Run, was exciting, but the sequel, If I’m Found, was even more enjoyable. Not only was I invested in the main character Casey but learned a new appreciation of Dylan and the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and how it affects military personnel and anyone who experienced trauma in their daily lives.

Casey’s obsessive neuroticism is compelling. She has a conscience and tries to right the wrong of the people around her. Not only is she a protective, loving, kind person. She will go out of her way to exhibit the qualities of a Christian and the family of God she longs to adopt.

I appreciated the characters, Dylan and Miss Lucy, models of a Christian lifestyle that impacted those around them—especially Casey. was not heavy-handed, didactic, or off-putting in any way. I love the heart of Casey, and I’m looking forward to Blackstock’s third book in the series.

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