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For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a ce ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published November 28th 2006 by Bantam (first published 2005)
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Milo
Nov 28, 2008 Milo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Is there such a thing as a 1/2 star?

HORRID..........
Written so bad I can't describe it. Read by a woman who tries to do men's voices badly and women's voices with a silly whine. Flirtations [constant] with sex in a ridiculous childish manner. The author must be sexually frustrated, a spinster with cobwebs over the strike zone........
Tam
Jul 12, 2011 Tam rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
You know a book is bad when the audio book keeps you awake merely so you can make scathing, sarcastic comments about the story, the writing, and the narration. On the other hand, I didn't drive off of the road in the middle of nowhere Idaho, so I suppose it did its task.
Kersten
Jan 29, 2012 Kersten rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Only ready about 70 pages. THis is the female "heroine" I dislike. Soooo tough and strong, etc. But is weak in love. Will do anything to save her child. It's so cliche! Can't care at all about the main character.
Brittany
Dec 04, 2010 Brittany rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2010
iris johansen books are always hit or miss for me. she was the one who brought me out of YA and into romantic suspense, which i suppose some people would argue i'm too young for, but i've loved the genre ever since i read killer dreams. however, i've come to realize that so far every book i've read of hers has different plots, but in actuality they're all the same concept with the same characterization. i haven't quite delved into her deep enough to make that a fact but for the work of hers that ...more
Vicki
Mar 27, 2010 Vicki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is just a romantic novel/drama--good beach read for Hawaii. If you like horses, you will especially like this book. I would read another book by this author, but not too many at a time. I think I am ready for a little more meat.

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For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Gra
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Michelle
Nov 01, 2015 Michelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, trick-or-treat
I was at page 185 when I stopped reading. The first 100 pages or so were interesting. I looked at all the 1 star reviews and wondered what the hell. Were we reading the same book? Am I just more tolerable than most folks? Immediately after the 100 page mark is where this book began to lose it's steam. What annoyed me the most was the repetitive nature of the story. Frankie was a child prodigy...Grace was mad at Jake, but wanted him in the worst way possible..Grace has raised her child all by her ...more
Linda C
Grace Archer and her daughter, Frankie, have been in hiding on a horse farm in Alabama when they are found by the ruthless killer who has been searching for them for 8 years. Jake Kilmer, Frankie’s father and Grace’s former trainer for the CIA, is determined to protect them. This highly action packed tale of outrunning and out maneuvering the killer is well done, but fails make a believable story. The hero and heroine are too perfect and the killer too all-powerful. The obsession with the untrai ...more
Sharon
Jul 14, 2014 Sharon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite negative reviews, which I read after I started the book,I really, really enjoyed it. I didn't go into it thinking I was reading the next Pulitzer Prize winning title. I literally found the book under the seat of my car, and since I like action/mystery type books, I decided "what the heck". It kept my interest every step of the way, I read it in less than 24 hours and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am going to the library today to pick up a few more of her books. I won't give details of the s ...more
Nick
Mar 04, 2015 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Worst. Dialogue. Ever.

Ms. Johansen has always been hit and miss for me... this was a huge miss. Not even sure why I finished it. But I did. The characters and the lines that were written for them were all so unbelievable. The main character and her pretentious daughter were insufferable
Evalynn
Jun 11, 2010 Evalynn rated it did not like it
I've got half way thru this book, but I just can't do it anymore. It hasn't been able to hold my attention for more than a few pages at a time. I will have "read" 20 pages and only absorbed 1 or 2 of them. It just doesn't seem to be going anywhere. This book is just not for me! Onto the next :)
Sus
Jun 28, 2014 Sus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely AWEFUL!! Could not even finish it. The writing was horrible, banal, boring and predictable. I don't know how this book can have 4 stars in this portal? I do not recommend this book.
Jon
Dec 30, 2014 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Tasha Roedl-Rhodes
I am not thoroughly impressed, it was a good romantic thriller, but heavily weighed to be more like a romance novel. Grace is a strong woman who tries to be independent, but still needs love. This book felt much more like a romance novel, with PG 13 sex scenes. I myself like to delve deeper and read books with much more suspense; a thriller that keeps me on the edge of my seat. I loved Frankie and Graces parenting tactics, but thought the characters were undeveloped and thought there was more ro ...more
Jeanie Jones
I finished it. And it wasn't terrible, but there were quite a few eyeroll/groan moments. Good story, a little hard to follow, but terribly cheesy.
David
Feb 25, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Predictable but fun. There are some spots that read a little slow and the passion is a little on the heavy side for me, not so much for its explicitness but for the lack of control of the main character with the one guy. That kind of overwhelming lust doesn't match up in my mind with the other traits of the character. The author does try to show the protagonist's struggle with it, as she recognizes the same thing I felt, yet it still felt that part was a little contrived to make the reader feel ...more
Annika
Aug 18, 2012 Annika rated it it was ok
This must've been written before Iris Johansen really got her game on. Her Eve Duncan series is more familiar, and definitely shows how she has come with suspense/thriller writing.

"On the Run" was read in less than 24 hours, it's a very fast, not-too-deep thinking read. If you like Iris Johansen and are familiar with her work, go ahead. Nothing lost, not a bad story, just good for waiting at the doctor's office, or waiting for your husband to get out of Lowe's. If you aren't familiar with Iris J
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Alex is The Romance Fox
Book Info: For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a certain charismatic man also moved to Tallanville eight years ago to watch over her.
But when violence threatens to
...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 13, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip rated it really liked it
Over the last few years, when I've seen an Iris Johansen book I've automatically assumed it would be an Eve Duncan thriller. I was wrong about ON THE RUN, but I'm still glad I picked it up. A quick read full of passion and suspense, this book is written in the typical Iris Johansen style and is still a really good read.

Nine years ago, Grace Archer worked for the CIA under the direction of Jake Kilmer. Their job was to infiltrate the compound of Marvot, an evil kingpin who ruled El Tariq, Morocc
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Kermit
Mar 01, 2011 Kermit rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ladythriller
Was mir bei diesem Buch zunächst sehr positiv aufgefallen ist, ist der Schreibstil der Autorin. Iris Johansen versteht es, ihre Art zu Schreiben der jeweiligen Situation anzupassen: mal spannend, actionreich und fast schon reißerisch, dann wieder gefühlvoll und detailiert. In welcher Lage sich ihre Helden auch befinden, die Schreibweise passt wunderbar dazu und hat dafür gesorgt, dass sie Seiten regelrecht an mir vorbeigerauscht sind. Auch die Handlung an sich hat mir größtenteils sehr gut gefal ...more
Peggy Huey
Sep 16, 2015 Peggy Huey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some stories keep their readers plodding through to find out what happens to the characters; some drag their readers deep into the characters' lives to the point that it is quite difficult to put the book down. This one is definitely one of the latter!

Grace Archer has a magical touch with horses; she is quietly working her magic on a rural horse farm in Alabama when her world is turned upside-down by a former employer who wants her to finish a job she had started a world away in Morocco.
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4 STARS

"For eight years, single mother Grace Archer has been living a picture-perfect life raising her daughter on a horse farm in the small town of Tallanville, Alabama. Watching Frankie grow into a talented and confident young girl has made Grace as happy as any mother could hope to be. Happy enough, even, to forget the past. But the past never quite goes away. Which is why a certain charismatic man also moved to Tallanville eight years ago to watch over her.

But when violence threatens to shat
...more
Fred Arshoff
Jun 28, 2015 Fred Arshoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: purchased

The picture was a warning, They hope this day would have never come but they found her, Gracie;s daughter Frankie was taken from farm house,A man was out to kill her, Gracie had never run from anything in her life, As a mother Gracie would do what ever she had to so her daughter would be safe, Someone Gracie knows from 8 years ago and doesn’t fuly trust him wants Gracie and Frankie had to run from the man who to help her, Gracie and Frankie have to run from this nan who eight years ago betrayed
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Kerry
Aug 30, 2014 Kerry rated it really liked it
4.5 star rating
If you had to hide from some really ugly people how would you know it's ever safe? If you would do anything to protect someone yet they didn't want the help it, how do you do it? How far can you run when there comes a point where you can't run anymore? Safety is a priority but when you don't have it you fight to get it. This riveting tale of hide and seek was worth staying up all night to read. Highly recommended read. enjoy :)
M.J. Kane
Apr 17, 2012 M.J. Kane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio book. This was the first time I 'read' anything by Iris Johansen, and to my surprise, she's from Atlanta, like me! Maybe we'll cross paths one day!

I enjoyed the story and the main characters. The daughter, Frankie, lost me a few times and I had to remember that the girl, though eight yrs old, was very smart and wise beyond her years. Since I love audio books, I appreciate a voice actor who can capture the individual voices of each character and bring them to life. Sadly,
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Kathy
Nov 14, 2014 Kathy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I needed a book which was set in Alabama for the state challenge, so choose this one. It was okay. Pretty much your typical man and woman get together, have fight, she leaves only to find she is pregnant. Nine years later, an old enemy finds her, and old boyfriend charges in to save the day. They finally figure out they love each other and it all ends happily ever after. Yuck!
Eli
Dec 23, 2013 Eli rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book felt like it was written by editors. The man's hands were scratchy and the woman's were soft - how overused it that? If they had said "the pair" (to refer to a pair of horses that were talked about like they had magic powers) one more time, I was going to scream. There was also a huge cast of characters that I couldn't keep straight at all. Someone had worked for someone else, but now they were on the other side of things because someone else made something go bad. There's the obligato ...more
Penny
Nov 17, 2015 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite reading negative reviews about this book, I really enjoyed it! I have yet to read an Iris Johansen I haven't liked. Grace Archer was a strong and interesting leading character...sort of a "horse whisper". All the characters were likeable and there was great interaction between them. Iris has another winner in my opinion.
Syd Perry
I liked this book. I didn't have any trouble getting through it. I just didn't love it. A single mom raising an extraordinary 8-year-old daughter, living on a ranch under somewhat mysterious circumstances. Bad guys are after them, good guys are helping them, and everything turns out as expected.
Maura
I would never consider Iris Johansen a genius of a writer. Most of her stories involve predictable plots, with cardboard or cliched characters and all of her suspense has a degree of mild romance (the romance may be major feature of the story, but it's going to pretty clean). This story is no exception. But the reason I read Iris Johansen is not because her stories are stellar, but because they're easy to read, relatively fun and are not emotionally draining. This is just entertainment for me. T ...more
Kelley Nguyen
I've been reading her more recent books lately and I've been finding myself disappointed. The aspects I really liked in her books were the action, the suspense, the thrill. It all felt so real, I found myself catching my breath. In this book, I felt the action was there, the suspense visible, but the thrill faded very quickly. I found the beginning pretty exciting because there was this unknown past and who knew what Grace had done before raising a child? But after finding out, the whole book ju ...more
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Iris Johansen is a New York Times bestselling author. She began her writing after her children left home for college. She first achieved success in the early 1980s writing category romances. In 1991, Johansen began writing suspense historical romance novels, starting with the publication of The Wind Dancer. In 1996 Johansen switched genres, turning to crime fiction, with which she has had great su ...more
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