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Elusive

Elusive

Написано Sara Rosett

Озвучено Laura E Princiotta


Elusive

Написано Sara Rosett

Озвучено Laura E Princiotta

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4.5/5 (48 оценки)
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10 hours
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Издано:
Oct 17, 2014
ISBN:
9781950054145
Формат:
Аудиокнига

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When her ex goes missing, Zoe is swept into an international mystery that takes her from glitzy Las Vegas to the old-world charm of Italy.

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.

Plunged into a world of fake identities, deception, and murder, she’s afraid to trust anyone. Zoe impulsively skips town in a search for answers that takes her from Las Vegas to Italy, but instead of tracking down answers, she only uncovers more questions.

If you like globetrotting adventure, European destinations, and a dash of romance, you'll enjoy Elusive, the first book in the On the Run International Mysteries, from USA Today bestselling author Sara Rosett.

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Издано:
Oct 17, 2014
ISBN:
9781950054145
Формат:
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Sara Rosett, born and raised in Amarillo, Texas, is the wife of an Air Force pilot. She and her husband live in Houston, Texas, with their two children and dog. Sara is the author of nine previous Ellie Avery mysteries. Her writing has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Military Wife’s Soul. Sara is a member of Sisters in Crime, Girlfriends Book Club blog, and the Deadly Divas, who are four nice women who happen to write about murder. Please visit her website, www.sararosett.com, or connect with Sara on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Goodreads.


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  • (5/5)
    Great book, but only 1/3 of the story! I like series alot, but I prefer books that are complete stories. This is well written, and was an enjoyable listen, but I have to admit frustration when it ended on a serious cliffhanger. (I would have lowered the rating to 4 stars because of that, but I couldn't bring myself to do it, since it was so good.) Just go into it knowing you'll have to listen to the entire trilogy!
  • (5/5)
    Absolutely fantastic. Egde of your seat type book. Loved it
  • (4/5)
    This book was a lot of fun to read. Spy adventure from Las Vegas to Italy with good plot and interesting characters. I am looking forward to reading more adventures of Zoe Hunter.
  • (4/5)
    I won this eBook from a LibraryThing Member GiveawayZoe 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 happened to her ex, while being pursued in both the US and Italy. The main characters are likeable and intelligent, and attempt to allude law enforcement and bad guys. It is well written and easy to follow. Although the plot has a sufficient amount of intrigue, there were a few times when the main character’s reaction to her situation did not ring true. There were strong bad guys and gals, and all the ends were neatly tied after some clever twists. Other points in the plot seemed a little unbelievable.Overall, if you are into international mysteries with intrigue and strong characters, you may enjoy the first book of this On the Run series.
  • (5/5)
    An exciting murder mystery that I had a hard time putting down. The scenes were described so well, I felt like I was part of the scene. I will definitely read any sequels!
  • (4/5)
    Zoe has always been a free spirit, preferring to take chances instead of always doing the safe thing. Thanks to her aunt though, she has always valued owning property. Its one of the only long term responsibilities she has. When Zoe and her husband Jack divorced, the housing market was at its lowest point in years. Instead of losing money by selling the house they shared, they instead both still live in it, Jack has the upstairs and the front door and Zoe has the main floor and the back door. Its not ideal, but they've worked hard at ignoring each other and have so far made it work. It helps that Jack is sooo very predictable, down to what time he showers after his mid day run. Zoe spends her time doing copy editing from her house as well as a variety of odd jobs to make ends meet. She is so not the 9 to 5 kind of gal even though it would surely help her out of her financial problems. She'd rather walk the neighbor's dog than clock in and out of the county office where her good friend Helen works.Jack is partners in a small start up business GNR, Green Recyclable Services, with Connor, a man that Zoe can't stand. Connor takes care of all the accounts and lately things have been moving fast. GNR is on the fast track to becoming one of the fastest growing new companies, with very impressive increases in their market value.Jack walks into his office and the first thing he notes is a banking error...not just a small error but a millions of dollars error. And to make matters even worse, his gun, the gun that no one, not even Zoe, knows about is sitting on his paperwork. He realizes suddenly just how quiet the office is and goes to check things out....Zoe is shocked and upset when the local police show up at her door looking for Jack, or any information she may have about him. They think he fell in a river during a storm and was swept away. As the police are looking for his body, Zoe goes to GNR to let Connor know what is going on. Suddenly, everything that Zoe thinks she knows has been swept away. Left reeling, she takes off on what will turn out to be the ride of her life.An entertaining tale with a great storyline, good characters a touch of humor and plenty of action. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.I received my copy through LibraryThing Giveaway and my review was unsolicited.
  • (5/5)
    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!
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    I 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.
  • (4/5)
    A great fast-paced novel. A story of love lost and found, murder, and stunningly described scenery. You cannot help but root for Zoe in her quest to find the truth about what happened to her ex-husband and his business partner. Can't wait for the next book!
  • (5/5)
    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!

  • (4/5)
    Zoe is my kind of girl! She dreams of traveling the world, hates to do mundane things and worries about making ends meet! I can relate.Zoe is living in a house with her ex-husband and working as a proof-reader, dog walker and just about anything else that will help her pay the bills but doesn’t involve a 9-5 office job. She has a best friend who mothers her and a mother who dreams of making it big on reality tv. Nothing seems very out of the ordinary until her ex-husband turns up missing and his business partner turns up dead. When a reporter tips her off that the police are about to bring a search warrant to her house, she decides it’s time to hit the road and her adventures begin.Zoe is a fun heroine, smart and capable. Her adventures are entertaining and the plot keeps you interested in what will happen next. I already have Zoe’s next adventure Secretive on my Kindle. Looking forward to what she gets herself into next!I received this book from Netgalley and appreciated the opportunity to read and review it.
  • (5/5)
    Starting out in Dallas, Zoe Hunter is already in a heap of trouble when her ex-husband absconds with company funds. But Zoe knows him better than that and here begins the adventure as she tries to find the man she once loved. From Las Vegas to Italy she travels learning more and more about how little she knew of the man. A fabulous tour of the world! I loved it.
  • (4/5)
    Above average for a freebie; decent writing and plenty of suspense. The plot was not very original (shades of Robert Ludlum and Helen McInnes) but still enjoyable.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    Action-packed, full of adventure and intrigue. Really fun summer beach read!
  • (5/5)
    I found this book to be a truly great read. I loved the characters of Jack and Zoe. They added wit, strength, fun, and mystery to the story. I found the plot to be very well developed. As I read each page I found myself wanting to read more and more. This book is full of mystery and questions unanswered. I found myself asking will Jack's past continue to haunt them. I hope Jack and Zoe get back together. I'm eager to see what happened to Jack after Italy. Zoe and Jack are a great match.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    I loved this story with it's mystery,suspense and adventure! I found it very difficult to put down and I can't wait for book 2.Sara's writing style is very easy to follow and I found myself engrossed in the storyline.
  • (4/5)
    I received this book free from Library Thing to read and review. This story hooked me almost from the start. Zoe is a free-lancer, living on the first floor of a house she owned with her ex-husband, Jack, while married. For economic reasons, after their split, she and Jack stayed on in the house, Zoe on the first floor and Jack, who has started a business dealing with eco-friendly product disposal, on the second floor. Actually, things worked out well for the two, and their lifestyles kept them from too much interaction (they are divorced, after all). One day, Jack disappears and his business partner is found dead at the office. When, during the investigation, things about Jack’s disappearance don’t make sense and things in the business don’t seem on the up and up, Zoe begins and interesting and often exciting search for Jack that takes her to Las Vegas and Italy in search of Jack and/or answers. Throughout, Zoe discovers she never really knew Jack during their marriage and what he had told her of his life before her with inaccurate, false or incomplete. Searching for answers, Zoe discovers more about Jack. They finally meet up. Together they unravel the mystery that had enshrouded Jack’s life for years as well as bringing down a group of criminals. The story is fast passed and exciting. The characters are true to life. The settings are filled with interest and intrigue. Today’s fiction is filled with tales of would be, wanna be or once upon a time spies, who work for mysterious alphabet agencies and organizations in the DC area, traveling around the globe in unbelievable and often dangerous missions, and this one is no different. This part of the book proved the least interesting for me, as I am always eager to find something else beyond the hackneyed who done it spy mystery everywhere today. This was a good novel, but not all that original in its plot. Still, it was well written and kept me interested for the whole book. I think that may be due to the fact that this is not as long as some other current books, so the author had no time to diverge or bore the reader. This is a good start for a new series. The book will appeal to readers who enjoy a quick, mystery intrigue type novel. I am already looking forward to the next installment.
  • (3/5)
    I won a free copy of this book from the author through a giveaway.I was initially afraid that the comparisons to Elizabeth Peters' Vicki Bliss series would have raised my expectations too high and leave Elusive unable to catch up. The Vicki Bliss novels are my absolute favorites of Ms. Peters' books, and ones that I find myself rereading over and over. All in all, I did find that Elusive fell short of the high bar set by the comparison. But it didn't fall short enough to keep me from enjoying it. I'm planning on checking out the rest of the series, for sure. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a fun, romping mystery, and any fans of books that feature travel.I liked Zoe. I liked Jack, though he lacked the intense charisma and appeal of John Smythe from the Vicki Bliss series. I also felt like this book lacked the depth and history that the Peters series had. But most of my complaints are pretty nit picky. The story could have been a little tighter, it could have had a little more depth, and I found a few odd errors in the text. That's obviously where the comparison hurt it, for me. On its own merits though, it's a fun, entertaining read.
  • (3/5)
    A very good read,made more interesting with the variety of locations from Dallas to Vegas and then Naples and Venice. Well researched and credible content.Undemanding prose and vocabulary-not too highbrow, and well proofread with only 4 typos , that's very few, at locations126, 3704, 4277 and 4541.,
  • (4/5)
    This book was fast paced and extremely entertaining. I loved every minute of it.Zoe is a young woman who lives paycheck to paycheck editing and proof reading books and other materials. She shares a house with her ex-husband who happens to have steadier employment. This is until his partner ends up dead and he is presumed dead. Zoe ends up on the run, because she is thought to be an accomplice in their fraud scheme.She ends up in Italy, a place she had only ever read about in some of the travel books she had been proof reading and is shot at, stabbed, and lied to too many times to count. By her ex-husband (who, surprise, is not dead) and people they find themselves associating with.Rossett does a great job of keeping the pace of the book going and not letting the story drag while still managing to describe what everything looks like and what is taking place. Unlike other authors who can only do one or the other.
  • (4/5)
    Zoe Hunter's carefully ordered life is turned upside when her ex-husband disappears and his not-so-nice business partner is murdered, all on the same day. Everything points to her ex-husband Jack as the prime suspect in the murder, and even more upsetting, Zoe herself becomes a person of interest in the case. She begins to piece together a number of clues that all lead to one conclusion--Jack Andrews was not the man she thought he was. But is he a murdering con man? Zoe's quest to answer that question takes her from Dallas to Las Vegas and even all the way to Italy before the truth is revealed. The story kept my interest the entire time, and it kept me guessing. While parts of the story line were a bit far-fetched and the plot at times bounced around a little bit more than I cared for, overall, it was a great read.