Monday, April 3, 2017
If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
This is the second book in the series "If I Run" and it ends just as cliff-hanging as book one did. I haven't read many books by Terri Blackstock, but I might need to change that. Mystery, intrigue isn't generally my style and actually, quite honestly varying first-person books are not my style at all either, but in this series Terri has done such a good job of weaving everything together that I had a hard time laying the book down. I will have to admit to postponing supper preparations last evening so that I could finish the book.
It's quite a bit thicker than the book "If I Run" was and continues directly from the end of that book into this one. It's been quite a while since I read the first book in the series, but I was able to grab a hold and keep up with the action. Casey Cox has been mislabeled the killer of her best friend, but she was framed to keep the true killers, the cops who were involved in money laundering, from being found out. Now, she is on the run from the bad cops and also the PI who found her in the last book and let her walk. The PI is on her side and they are collecting evidence to bring these cops to justice and team up together in this book to work on it. The PI must maintain that he is actively searching for her, even though he has found her and is actively communicating with her.
Okay, I don't know if any of that made sense. One thing that sticks out in this book is Casey's compassion and caring spirit. She sees injustice and she is out to try to right the wrong even at the risk of getting caught herself. If she is caught by the wrong guys, she knows it is likely she will be killed before she ever makes it to her jail cell, but she can't let suffering go without trying to help. In this book, it was a suicidal man and a sexually abused little girl. The man had been accused of sexually abusing her, when in reality her parents were selling her body in exchange for drugs. Just sickening and even though it is a fiction story, I'm gonna guess it's not unheard of. So in an attempt to rescue the little girl and bring the parents to justice both for their daughter and for murder of the man, she is nearly caught and escapes with a gunshot wound.
Okay, I have given you enough spoilers now, but Casey's commitment to justice in the face of her own quagmire of troubles is amazing to me. Throughout this book, she also seeks after God. She wasn't raised in a Christian home, but she is interested in this God. She attends church, she starts to pray and starts to feel God working in her life.
I really enjoyed this book and am a little bummed that it's gonna be a year before the final book in the series comes out.
I received this book from Book Look Bloggers and was not required to write a positive review.
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