Elusive advertised itself as an international mystery, and I grabbed it without much thought. I love reading about heists and art thefts that are Ocean’s Eleven style. Elusive turned out to be a bit more serious with bodies dropping. The book description compared this to a Vicky Bliss book, but I would beg to differ. I think Vicky Bliss books had a lot more detail and action and were somewhat more esoteric.
Zoe Hunter is living an unusual life. She edits travel books and does odd jobs like walking dogs. She is just a few steps from the poor house. She has divorced her husband of one year, but he lives in her house because neither can afford separate living arrangements. As a tornado hits Dallas, her husband turns up missing, feared dead. Zoe tries to do the right thing and visits ex hubby’s office to notify his partner. But said partner has a bullet in his head. Police and FBI converge on Zoe and many theories are thrown around. Zoe remembers a long lost cousin in Las Vegas who her husband mentioned and hot foots it there to meet this person.
As Zoe turns her house upside down before the police search it, she finds many unexpected things. The trail of clues leads her to Italy where she must find out the truth. There is big money involved, and Zoe dodges more than one bullet as she tries to solve the puzzle. Since this is a spoiler free review, I will not be revealing much.
There are two enterprising FBI agents on the trail and one enterprising journalist. In spite of her mug being flashed across the press, Zoe manages to remain hidden with relative ease. If you really get down to thinking, some things might seem a bit fantastic, but then why think? This is a story after all, and you Are reading it for the sake of entertainment. As long as you keep this perspective, everything should be fine.
The pace of the book is fast, and you are on the run with the characters. But some parts do drag a bit, especially toward the end. Zoe does manage to find out the truth behind the madness, but it all proves to be elusive. But she is happy that she has finally traveled out of the country. So what if it is with death and chaos at her heels?
Elusive is a fun read and has enough action and adventure to keep you going till the end. Grab it when you want your next action fix.