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Elusive (On the Run #1)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,366 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
Zoe thought traveling internationally would be exciting, but she never dreamed her first trip to Europe would involve fake passports and missing millions.

Divorced, twenty-something Zoe Hunter is a free spirit who strings together a variety of odd jobs to generate enough income to keep her bank account barely in the black. She loves living on the edge, but her life becomes
Published August 30th 2012 (first published August 1st 2012)
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Zoe Hunter, of Dallas, Texas, did not fit the bill of a modern, professional young lady. No credit cards, no flashy cars nor a poshy job. It was simply not her style. Her house fell apart, her car had more than two hundred thousand miles on the clock and she barely scraped by on her small freelance income, which includes walking the neighbors's dogs.

Her ex-husband, Jack, was one of her renters, both in her house, as well as two offices she owned. He bored her enough to divorce him. She was spont
Mad Scientist
I could hardly put this one down. I am already into book 2!

Book 1 is free for Kindle and Nook at the moment.
Jun 11, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the exception of her dwindling bank account, Zoe Hunter, is fairly happy with her life as a “Jill of all Trades”, which includes jobs as a freelance copy editor of travel guides, commercial property manager, as well as dog walker. After a severe storm strikes a suburban area of Dallas, Zoe’s ex-husband Jack’s car is found abandoned on the side of a highway near a bridge. Some of his clothing is found floating in a flooded creek, but there is no sign of Jack. There are other strange and scar ...more
Nikki Martin
Feb 25, 2015 Nikki Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this story. I didn't drag I actually found it entertaining al the way through and it left me wanting to know more about what happens to Zoe. The only unanswered question I had in this book was when will Jack come back. I find that in a lot of books the authors gives irrelevant details or leaves whole parts of the story out and leaves the reader with too much information or not enough. Sara Rosett found the sweet spot of just enough without bogging down the story. it was a nice read dur ...more
Marika Charalambous
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The story centers around Zoe Hunter, a rather poor freelancer (proof reads travel books) who also walks neighbors’ dogs to earn a bit extra money. This doesn’t stop her from enjoying life as much as she can, being content with how things are at the moment.

She is divorced, however as the money is rather tight at the moment, she lets her ex husband Jack stay in the same house (in the upper apartment) and use her offices as long as he pays rent
R J Mckay
Feb 09, 2013 R J Mckay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Johnson
Mar 10, 2013 Nancy Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zoe lives with her ex-husband in separate areas of one house. They never interact or see each other. After her ex is missing and presumed dead, his business partner is discovered killed and the business' bank account suddenly has millions of dollars. Undoubtedly, Zoe becomes the prime suspect of conspiracy, fraud and murder. What follows is a complete turnaround of this self-employed, single woman’s life, who is forced to defend herself, find the truth about the crimes, and learn what really hap ...more
Cynthia Raleigh
Sep 14, 2014 Cynthia Raleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It grabbed my interest right away. I've read many books that started this way and then lost me but this one maintained my attention throughout, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. The movement of the story to different locations, Las Vegas and Italy, was enjoyable and kept it fresh. The story was plausible and the pieces fit together in the end without being forced or contrived. I liked the protagonists; they didn't degenerate into whi ...more
Italo Italophiles
Two things ring 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 because Zoe meets up with her ex-husband, Jack. The tension between the one-time lovers is wonderful. Their marriage ended
Jan 22, 2014 Betty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery, romance, spy, adventure
Shelves: e-books
Zoe learns her ex-husband, Jack is missing and might be dead. She finds a body at his place of business. She becomes person of interest. She takes off to learn what is behind all of this. The style of a favorite author, Helen MacInnes, is apparent as Zoe & Jack race across the USA & Italy. It is written with detail descriptions of areas. The development of the story line moves along nicely. I like Ellie Avery books. This series is different. I rarely read spy stories; but this one is int ...more
Martin Pingree
Aug 15, 2015 Martin Pingree rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This turned out to be a very good read. Took awhile to get you interested but it eventually got there.
A regular mystery.

The book is nicely paced and main character is interesting. There are enough twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I liked the characters jetting off to Italy and hearing a bit about the country. Mysteries often make the location a character. The author did this well. The characters get into serious trouble and the writing made me tense and wondering how they would manage to get out of the situation. All and all I would read another book by this author. But she is not
Feb 09, 2014 D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really well written thriller. The story goes from Dallas to Las Vegas to traveling around Italy and completely believable. The heroine faced her ex-husbands disappearance (and possible death) and the murder of his business partner. Very strange business partner as it turns out. You must read the book to find out what happens, I am not a spoiler. But I am sure you will be pleased you took the effort. Thoroughly exciting book. This book will leave you wondering, are things really as they appear?
Mar 19, 2014 Dorsi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly this was pretty damn good. I think this was a free ebook and the cover made me think it was going to be a cheesy kind of romance, but it wasn't. It wasn't an especially deep story, not heavy at all. Just the right amount of plot depth for what I needed at the time. It definitely drew me in and kept my interest. I think that was the best part about it. The character development was really good too. I really liked the heroine. This story exceeded my expectations by a mile.
(On the Run #1) I got this book for free on amazon. Zoe is a divorced woman but she still shares a house with her ex., Jack. She is a free lance writer but does just about anything to earn a living. Zoe is not an office kind of gal. Her aunt gave her an office duplex that she rents out for extra money. Jack's business rents one side. He is into some kind of green recycling.
Some policemen come to the house and tell her that Jack committed suicide by jumping off a bridge. She says that does not so
Jun 06, 2015 Ally rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elusive can be read by anyone. There aren't any Rated-R content, and it is mild in violence. Mild compared to The Bourne Identity (the movie, not the book). There are some death scenes, but they aren't too eye-opening. I can't speak for the rest of the series, but I can speak for Elusive.

Zoe Hunter is like Marie from The Bourne Identity (the movie, and I will always be talking about the movie instead of the book). She is thrown into an espionage game without a single clue or tool. The only best
PeggyAnn  Smith
Feb 21, 2014 PeggyAnn Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Who Doesn't Love A Good Mystery

Who Doesn't Love A Good Mystery

This Book was engrossing from the very first chapter.
The characters were strong and believable.
The mystery was slowly revealed as the story progressed.
The ending just made me want to immediately order the next book.

Happy to Review Good Books for Book Lovers Everywhere,
PeggyAnn Smith/LadyInRed
Jul 25, 2014 Coral rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: thriller, espionage
25% in and wow, a real page turner with a big cast, an real-world problem and business espionage. Love these kinds of stories. Loved it and it looks like it's a series. It ended up not going into the green recycling problem as much as I thought but still a solid thriller I'll have to check out her other books!
Adrienne Testa
Zoe Hunter is a carefree woman, living a spontaneous life until her ex husband disappears and his business partner is murdered. Zoe becomes a person of interest for the FBI and decides to take matters in her own hands. Tracking down her ex husband's cousin in Las Vegas and then traveling to Italy to track the truth and uncover the murderer. Jack's business partner has a past filled with cons and shady deals. While Jack has a past filled of secret lives and government employment. Zoe is unsure wh ...more
Jun 04, 2016 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great potential as a series to follow.

Zoe's whirlwind romance led to a whirlwind marriage that dissolved just as quickly, right in time for the housing market to crash. Now Jack lives upstairs and Zoe lives and works downstairs and staying out of each other's way is working until jack disappears and suddenly Zoe finds herself under investigation.

Zoe's travel guide book editing saves the day many times as she finds herself in Europe after chasing leads in Vegas. Jack isn't the man she thought he
Dec 23, 2015 Liis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really good! Kept my interest till the end and every time I read I was eager to get back to it! Definitely gonna buy next in series :)
Feb 17, 2015 Elaine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challenge
What do you do when your ex hubsand's business partner is murdered and your ex husband suddenly disappears!
Zoe finds herself in the middle of an intriguing dilemma that she is determined to get to the bottom of. Is her ex husband really dead?
Each character becomes a vital addition to the plot as we follow Zoe in her search which starts in Las Vegas and ends up in Italy, Naples and Venice to be exact! I like the way she describes these locations in vivid details.
The author's writing style is
Alain Kraussman Hall
slow start but rocketing ending!

Got this book on a deal, and since it looked interesting, thought I would give it a try and see what I thought. Wow! Was I surprised! Although it got off to a slightly slow start, the plot thickened rapidly and kept me on the edge of my seat. I had a very difficult time putting it down to work and sleep. I definitely recommend this writer, and I will be looking at picking up the other books in the series immediately. It's always fun to find a talented new author t
Aug 10, 2015 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this fun novel. It hooked me into reading all 5 in the series during the last week of my holidays.
Zoe, the main character, is spunky and you can't help but root for her as she tries to find her Ex husband who is missing and presumed dead after allegedly killing his business partner and embezzling millions from his company. The Feds think Zoe is involved and to clear her name she must get to the truth of what really happened. The plot of this first book wraps up but it defin
Mar 05, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting mystery - good plot, well-developed characters, satisfying pace of action. There were quite a few misused words: "how Jack made due" (made do); "down right dull" (downright); "...didn't need this guy's condensation" (condescension); "out side" instead of outside; making "concentric" rings with a water glass (not possible unless there were several glasses with different circumferences); "anymore than he had to" (any more than...). There were also at least 8-10 typographica ...more
Kathy Bryson
Sep 05, 2014 Kathy Bryson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Zoe and Jack have separated and fallen into dull lives even though they share the same house. This is not natural for Zoe, formerly an unstructured soul, though when Jack turns up missing and his partner turns up dead, she gets more excitement than she bargained for. But when Zoe actually turns up Jack, still alive but hiding, her scrapping life becomes a crazy man-hunt across Italy with the two both hunting and the hunted. A suspenseful thriller with twists and turns that help two people find t ...more
Diane Rapport
Dec 07, 2014 Diane Rapport rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book because it was free on kindle. I am now ready to buy the rest of the series (3 more books) and am hoping there will be more. This is not your typical "cozy" mystery. It is more of a cross between crime and cozy, with a great dash of travel thrown in. The heroine is smart, spunky and (unlike many), very realistic. I did not see the end coming (I won't spoil it for you), and it was a good one. I dropped it from 5 to 4 stars because I thought it dragged a bit in the beginning, but t ...more
Virginia B. Silverstein
Entertaining, fast-paced, quirky

An entertaining, fast-paced read featuring a likeable heroine and hero. Plenty of quirky twists and turns keep the reader guessing. I had to dock it a star in my rating because of the many copyediting errors. Ironically, they were more glaring than usual because the heroine was a freelance copy editor, and some of the kinds of errors that occurred (and recurred) in the Kindle version of the book were actually mentioned as anecdotal background asides. The author co
Apr 01, 2016 Roberta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author is to be commended for an exceptional job with detail and dialogue in this suspenseful thriller. Also, there was never a time when I had to flip back to see how a character fit into the story. The chapters flowed smoothly, picking up where the previous one ended. I especially liked the vivid descriptions of cities in Italy when the main characters, Zoe and her ex-husband Jack, had to leave America as they were on the run from authorities. Feel confident that the author's follow-up nov ...more
A delightful mystery of the spy variety with a dash of 'Romancing the Stone' qualities. Zoe Hunter writes articles and travel books but never travels and is recently divorced from her husband. Zoe works about three part time jobs to afford her share of the house payment. Neither can afford to jump out of the house just yet so they split it... A turn of events, a husband gone missing in a torrid storm, leads Zoe on the hunt for answers... why was Jack at the bridge and why would he jump into the ...more
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A native Texan, Sara writes mysteries (the Ellie Avery series) and suspense (the On The Run series). As a military spouse, Sara has moved around the country (frequently!) and traveled internationally, which inspired her latest suspense novels. Publishers Weekly called Sara’s books, "satisfying," "well-executed," and "sparkling."

The first Ellie Avery mystery, MOVING IS MURDER, was a Reader's Choic
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