Secretive

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Zoe Hunter thought all the questions surrounding her ex’s mysterious past had been answered. She couldn’t have been more wrong. 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: Natalie Fallon on July 17, 2013 : star star star star
This was the second book in the series and I have not read the first however this was not a problem as any relevant info from the first book was recounted for clarity.

This was an easy read with short chapters so great for reading in the sun. The main characters Zoe and Jack have a sense of humour even when in danger which is what made it compelling reading for me so that I wanted to carry on reading it whenever I had a chance.

The ending left the story open for the next installment which will hopefully be as good to read as this was.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Georgia on July 03, 2013 : star star star star
Secretive by Sara Rosett is the second book in the 'On the Run' series.

The first book in the series is 'Elusive' and I'll link my review of it here:

http://needtoreadgottowatch.blogspot.com/2013/05/romantic-getaway-in-italy-bullets-bad.html

There will be spoilers from the first book in this review. If you don't want to know what happens it that one, stop here. Spoilers of Elusive beyond here.

Secretive starts off six months after the events of the last book. Zoe's life has mostly returned to normal, though there has been no contact from Jack since the letter in the last book. The FBI and everyone else believes he's dead, but Zoe knows otherwise. She just wishes she knew a little more. For now, there's her copy-editing job and a hole in the ceiling to occupy her.

That is until she notices a strange, silver car tailing her and watching her house. Her mind goes on red alert. Her life on the LAM may have ended six months ago, but it seems like only yesterday she was running for her life. When she manages to lose the mysterious car, she believes she's safe. Until an unmarked, white van shows up when she's out for a jog, and the occupants come after her.

At the same time, the FBI are interested in her once more, as the money from the frozen GRS account has gone missing again. Feeling increasingly unsettled, she decides to act when a package arrives with her missing wedding ring, and a string of numbers in it, and a postmark from London. It has to be Jack. She needs to lay low anyway, why not visit London?

Maxing out all her cards, she picks up and leaves, with a brief message to Helen, so her best friend doesn't worry. At the airport, ready to leave, she runs into Sam- a man who rents one of the office spaces left vacant after the GRS affair. He has business in London and happens to be on the same flight, but the events in Italy have made her wary and cautious. How much does she want to tell him? Who can she trust? Is it just a coincidence?

Meanwhile, Victor Costa (a man who used to be part of Camorra- the Naples mafia, and Francesca's husband) has a plan. He's been searching for Jack all these months, but it seems the American really is dead. With his scapegoat out of the picture, it's time to find another. His ex-wife will do.

The plot of this book is very similar to the first, just against a different backdrop. Instead of Vegas and Italy, we have London and Germany. This book is not quite as fast-paced as the first, but it still does its job. I must also commend the author for her ability to end every chapter on a cliffhanger- forcing me to read the next one.

For those who didn't read the first book, or those who's memory of it is a little foggy, there is some recapping of the events from Elusive, making this a stand-alone book as well, though things will be less confusing if you read the first book. Mort and Sato also return in this book, though they're not quite as prevalent in this one. Mort is a couple weeks of from retirement, so I'm wondering who'll partner Sato in the new book.

As you may have realised, Victor Costa is in this book. The mysterious man surrounding Francesca from the first book, makes his first appearance. This story carries on the GRS plot from the first. Nothing was tied up, Jack is still a wanted man and nobody knows who the scammer was.

The ending of this book finally brings it all together in a neat, little bow, and even manages to set up the plot of the next book (at least I think that's what it is) Deceptive- which will be out Fall 2013 according to the author herself. It's heavily implied that Zoe will again come under suspicion and I wonder how many times she can be incriminated before everyone gets fed up, characters and readers alike. For now, it's still as enjoyable as it was in Elusive.

Speaking of, the characters are much the same merry band from the first, with a different bad guy plus henchman. If you liked them in Elusive, you'll like them here. Same goes for the plot. Like I said, basically same plot, different settings.

An enjoyable, fun read, with likeable characters and a little sightseeing mixed in. I will be checking out the next instalment once it's released.

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: Jeff Irwin on May 27, 2013 : star star star
I won this book through a Librarything.com giveaway too.

I found you could pick up the story well even if you hadn't read the first one (I haven't). It was fast paced and captured your attention, and was fun to read.

Easy and entertaining.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Tona Cruz Dominguez on May 16, 2013 : star star star
I won this book through a Librarything.com giveaway.

I wish that I had read the first book in the series to get a better feel of the characters. Not that this book couldn't stand on its own, it can. I think I would have had a better connection.

This is a good story. I liked the current story plot. It was a fresh topic that has not been wrote about much. I think it would make a great beach book.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacque on May 13, 2013 : star star star star
This is the second book in the On the Run series and continues the adventures of Zoe and Jack, as they try to prove their innocence in an investment scam. Secretive is a fun, light mystery that quickly draws you in and has you cheering for Zoe and Jack.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jen Herker on May 09, 2013 : (no rating)
A while back I read Elusive, the first in this series. I have to say Secretive is as fast-paced and entertaining. I found myself reading late in the night wanting to know what was going to happen to Zoe and Jack. There were twist and turns in the story which I would not have thought of (and that is a good thing.)

This book picks up over six months from when Zoe finally made it home. Not much has gone well for her: she has a hole in the ceiling of her kitchen, is still trying to make ends meet, and there are still various men following her (given the only fact that she is Jack's ex-wife.) When the money from GRS (millions of dollars) is found to be missing from a frozen account watched by the FBI Zoe is the first on the list of people to interview. She is the only one presumably alive who still has any connection to the money.

She again has to travel overseas and find Jack in order to try and clear her name and his in the investigation. She meets some old friends and makes some new enemies in the process. Also, she finds herself in England, as well as Germany.

I loved this installment of On the Run series as much as the last one and cannot wait for the third book to come out. Rosett does a great job of reeling you in to the story and not letting you go until the very end (and then you still want to know what happens next.) I will admit this was not as good as the first book, but I have found that to be the case with most sequels.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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