Elusive (Book #1 in the On The Run Series)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 13 reviews
Zoe Hunter loves living on the edge. Free-spirited and spontaneous, she’s built a life stringing together various freelance gigs that keep her bank account barely in the black.

But when her ex, Jack, goes missing along with several million dollars from his business and the FBI zeros in on her as a person of interest, Zoe’s life goes from delightfully unpredictable to downright frightening. More
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About Sara Rosett

A native Texan, Sara is the author of the Ellie Avery mystery series and the On The Run travel thrillers. As a military spouse Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest travel thrillers. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

Her articles and essays have appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul, The Writer, Georgia Magazine, Mystery Scene Magazine, and RT BookReview. Moving is Murder, the fist title in the Ellie Avery series, was a Reader’s Choice Award Nominee in 2007 at the Salt Lake County Library Awards. Sara also received a Distinguished Honor Award from the Military Writer’s Society of America for Moving is Murder. A member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America, Sara currently lives in Florida.

Sara loves all things bookish, considers dark chocolate a daily requirement, and is on a quest for the best bruschetta. Connect with Sara at www.SaraRosett.com. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.

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Review by: Candida Martinelli on Feb. 05, 2014 :
Two things ring especially true when reading the book: the emotions of the characters, and the locations. Psychologically the characters are true-to-life. And the locations are depicted very realistically, setting the stage well for the action. The locations in Elusive are varied: Dallas, Texas; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Rome, Naples and Venice, Italy.

The plot starts to zing in Las Vegas is because Zoe meets up with her ex-husband, Jack. The tension between the one-time lovers is wonderful. Their marriage ended because the two were not open enough with each other, so once their adventures force them to drop their defenses, the underlying attraction that brought them together in the first place comes to the fore.

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Review by: Georgia on May 11, 2013 :
Elusive by Sara Rosett is the first book in the "On the Run" series.

Starting out in Dallas, Texas, we meet Zoe Hunter- a fiery, red-head (aren't they always) who spends most of her time trying to support herself. She does a lot of odd-jobs, such as dog walking, but her main sources of income come from books she copy-edits for an independent travel company and office spaces her aunt gave her as early inheritance. Her aunt promised they would be a great investment. She rents out two of the offices.

One of those offices is rented by her ex-husband and his company (GRA- Green Recyclable Services). It's a company he started and co-owns with Connor (a man with great disdain for any digital technology). They have a secretary named Sandra and that's it. Three employees. Jack handles all the computer work (because of Connor's aversion) except the accounts, which Connor handles. Together, the three of them manage to scrape by and the company's stocks seem to be increasing in value surprisingly quickly.

Zoe and Jack may be ex-spouses, but they still share the house. Not because they want to, but because they can't afford to sell it or get their own places. So they have a very delicate set-up designed to give them their own spaces and keep them apart. Zoe has the entire downstairs, while Jack gets the upstairs. Jack uses the front door, Zoe uses the back. This ensures they never meet. Jack doesn't even use the kitchen, he has a hot plate and mini-fridge upstairs that is apparently all he requires.

Returning to his office after lunch one day, Jack finds something amiss. Sandra is out at the orthodontist and has been given the rest of the day off, but Connor should be there. He should be able to hear him from his own office. And someone has used his computer. As he stares at the screensaver and blinks the screen into life, he finds his bank account on the monitor. All of his company shares are sold, including ones he didn't own. There is now twelve million dollars in shares. Much more than they had. Opening his drawer he finds his gun, that he leaves at home, in the attic.

Later, Zoe gets a visit from the police. They found Jack's car at the side of a bridge. Someone reported seeing a man getting swept away down the river. The story goes that Jack tried to seek cover under the bridge from the tornado that passed by earlier in the day. He must have slipped on the bank and fallen into the fast-moving water below. The police aren't hopeful.

Zoe is in a daze. She doesn't know how to feel. Going to his office to let Sandra and Connor know that Jack's missing, she instead finds it empty. There's an odd smell coming from the office and she follows it to Connor's door. Inside she finds Connor, a bullet hole through his forehead.

Now the FBI are involved. What started out as a search for a missing man has turned into a hunt for a fugitive. But Zoe can't believe that. Jack is not the type to cook the books then kill a man for the money and go AWOL. But now the FBI are very interested in her. She's the closest person to Jack. The only family he has is a cousin in Vegas. Zoe is his next of kin, which of course puts her in prime suspect position.

Realising that situation is quickly going from back to worse, Zoe thinks it's best to contact his cousin, Eddie. She goes upstairs to find his computer and locate Eddie's details. But calling the number, she finds two shocks in store. One, Eddie is a woman and two, she claims she doesn't know Jack then hangs up. Trying to call back she gets put through to voicemail. Irritated she accidentally knocks over his lamp and finds rolls of money hidden inside the base. Determined to find out more, she thoroughly checks the house and comes up with more money and two passports, one for a woman named Irena and the second for a Brian Kenneth McGee- who's photo is that of her ex-husband's.

Confused and afraid that the police will use this against her, she tries to make a decision. But when she finds the police coming back with a warrant, she chooses to run. Grabbing a few essentials, she decides on Vegas. If Eddie won't take her calls, she'll just have to go to her in person. Right now, she's the only lead Zoe's got.

With one partner dead and the other missing under suspicious circumstances - along with millions of dollars-the question of fraud and murder are only shadowed by one question- Where is Jack Andrews? Or for Zoe- Who is Jack Andrews? Discovering the answer will take her on a roller-coaster journey through Dallas, Vegas, Rome, Naples and Venice. Well, she's always wanted to see Italy.

The characters were typical of this genre. You have the bad guys, the good guys and the normals. Within the groups, you have the 'good guy who's not used to bad', the 'bad guy pretending to be good', the 'really bad guy', 'the betrayer', all the usual suspect that make this genre so formulaically enjoyable to read. I would put this story between cozy mystery and thriller. There are darker elements, but for the most part I would say it's more of a light-hearted read.

The ending was strong. It resolves on, literally, the last line and is most definitely an incentive to check out the next book. I was enthralled by the story. Those who are familiar with me will know I can't resist a good mystery- whether it be cozy or dark. I will be checking out the next part of the story and thoroughly recommend this book for anyone who likes a good whodunit, with a little humour and romance thrown in.

Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This is not a sponsored review. All opinions are 100% my own.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Joy Leninsky on April 28, 2013 : (no rating)
This book is a great read!!! Kept my attention all the way through. Writing is very well done and makes me want to read more of this authors books.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Penny Brainerd on April 11, 2013 :
won this book in the member giveaway and loved it. Fast paced, and twists and turns kept me reading until late at night to finish it. I hope to see Zoe and Jack in further adventures.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Julie Martinez on March 24, 2013 :
I received a copy of Elusive through a Librarything Giveaway. A divorced couple continues to live together when they cannot afford to sell their home. When the husband is accused of murder things start to get interesting. The book had a great pace and was extremely enjoyable.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mark Richmond on March 23, 2013 : (no rating)
This was an excellent introduction to both an author I had not known of, and a set of characters I hope to read more about. The story was fast-paced, with enough twists and wrinkles to prevent predictability. The characters were finely woven and revealed in glimpses, with enough depth to provide for more plots to come. I enjoyed the way the scene was set in the three primary settings, with descriptive language painting a backdrop on which the story unfolded. It made the scenery as much a part of the story as the characters themselves. I am getting the next in the series, and will be looking for other works by Sara Rosett.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Sharon Matthews on March 23, 2013 :
I loved this story about Zoe and Jack. When Jack goes missing, Zoe sets off to find out what happened to her ex-husband, and discovers many things she didn’t know about his past. From there she is drawn into dealings with the FBI, and, after someone tries to shoot her, she escapes to Europe to try and uncover the truth. The descriptions of the places in Italy were especially vivid and I could imagine being there. I’m trying not to give too much away but I liked the ending to the book, and, let’s just say, the hint at further possibilities!
Overall, an excellent read, highly recommended, read it!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Robin McKay on Feb. 25, 2013 :
Zoe is an energetic, thrifty copywriter. Jack is her bland, quiet ex-husband. They live in the same house to save money. Sounds rather ordinary doesn’t it? … Wrong answer!

On a normal, quiet day Zoe answers a knock on her door and her world tumbles into murder, mayhem, and craziness! The police tell her that Jack is missing and presumed dead. When she goes to his office to share the bad news with Conner, his business partner, she finds him murdered. The police quickly decide that Jack killed his partner and think Zoe knows much more than she admits.
Desperate for answers, she searches Jack’s part of their house and is shocked to find a hidden stash of money and a passport with his picture but a different name! Her life spinning out of control, she escapes to Las Vegas looking for answers from Jacks’ mysterious cousin Eddie. Instead, she comes face-to-face with a disguised, haggard Jack. It turns out that Jack was a spy before they met and he thinks someone from his past is after him! Zoe and Jack team up to find out who framed him and is now trying to kill them.

Elusive is a wonderful, witty story with lots of twists and a perfect ending. I’m really looking forward to reading the next chapter in the crazy world of Zoe and Jack!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Kathleen Stacey on Feb. 24, 2013 :
Elusive was very easy to get involved in. I love Sara's style and her sense of adventure in this story! I can't wait to read the next book to find out how the adventure continues. This book was difficult to put down, I recommend it to anybody who loves adventure, travel and a light romance.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacque on Feb. 23, 2013 : (no rating)
Zoe's ex is missing and his business partner has been murdered. Zoe's quiet life is suddenly shattered as she becomes a suspect, goes on the run with her husband, and uncovers a multi-national crime ring. Along the way, she discovers her boring, by-the-book ex had been a,spy before meeting her. The story is a fun read. There are.a few grammar and spelling errors,which need edited, but I enjoyed this story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Murdoch on Feb. 22, 2013 :
I typically don't read mystery novels, nor do I read romance, after a recommendation from LibrayThing I thought I would give this book a try.
The characters were vivid and well portrayed. The heroine was believable with out being over the top. The plot kept me guessing until the end. It was a great quick read, enough of a break from reality to be fun.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: RUSTY on Feb. 22, 2013 :
Loved this story! Regular people dealing with normal day to day struggles that weave into layers of mystery and travel. This made for an interesting and colorful read. So ready for the next Book in the series.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amy Siggelow on Feb. 12, 2013 :
I won this book from LibraryThing's Member Giveaways.

I really enjoyed this book. It was full of action and mystery and really caught my attention. It is one of those books you don't want to put down. I like that it was partially taking place in another country. I was fully immersed in this book! One issue that I had, which has also happened in other books I've read, is that, when reading it in Kindle, as I would turn the page, there would be some text missing. In some cases, it seemed like it was only a few words, but in other cases it seemed like it was a whole paragraph or more. It's most likely a Kindle issue, but I'm not sure. All in all, however, this was a great book and I look forward to reading more from this author.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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