The main plot of the book seems both simple and transparent from the beginning. A man and a dog, both plagued by the death of a comrade and friend and both in need of healing, find their comfort, solace and the end of their pain with each other. While the plot seems simple the story is engaging, the characters seem real and the writing is first class. Although I felt that I knew what was coming I could not put the book down and, when I could not read it due to other things I had to do, I kept thinking about when I would be able to get back to Scott and Maggie.
In fact there are two intertwined plots in this book. The first, which I mentioned above, tapers down from being the main story line at the beginning to being only a thread toward the end. The second, about the search for the killers of Scott's first partner, expands as the first plot diminishes and, toward the end of the book, becomes a very large presence. Both plots are engaging and while I felt that the plot involving the theft and killing was relatively uninteresting it became more and more gripping as the story progressed and, by the end, became the driving force for the entire story and fully engaged me as a reader. I was so taken by the characters in this book that if I could find another Crais book with these two characters I would buy it in an instant.
An astonishingly good read, well narrated and highly recommended.
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
This book ticks lots of boxes for me and I expect we will see a movie made from it. Quite a bit of gun violence, some characters with profanity... but not too intense, no sex. Heartwarming relationship as wounded police officer with PTSD is partnered with Iraq military dog who had similar trauma... they help each other heal while solving major case. A little more head-hopping type point of view than I like... but don't think it could be written without it. Love that Maggie dog.
Ray is my husbands name. I am a middle aged woman from Michigan
Like the story line - easy to listen to.
no - but it takes a lot to get me that excited about a book. I did want to finish it though - so if thats an indicator
another stupid question
I am from Chicago. Enjoy reading listening to audio books such as Robert. B. Parker, Ian Douglas, Taylor Anderson, Jac Cambel an social work
I had urged friends and co-workers to get this book. I consider my self strong and not easily impress by sad stories but this one made me cry. From the beginning of the story when the main character partner was kill and ask him not to leave him I cry and when the dog's partner was kill I kept crying. My emotions went from crying to laughter to crying to feeling good about the ending. If you do not like to feel strong emotions stay away from this story.
The Dog. The author did a great job of showing that animals feel and care for others.
I did not had a favor scene because from beginning to end I could not put this book down. I listen to it from beginning to end during the weekend without going to sleep.
Throughout the story I was moved.
If you want to feel good about why we need love in our lives, you need to listen to the book. I urged anyone who loves dogs to read this book.
Didn't read the print version.
Great humanity. Sympathetic characters.
Never once felt like someone reading a novel. It just flowed through me.
If you love animals, you'll love this film.
I enjoy Robert Crais and especially liked this novel with the new characters, the man and his dog. Thoroughly entertaining. I hope he follows through with a sequel or two or three.
I don't throw around four and five stars easily, so don't be thrown off by the three star review. This is my first listen from Robert Crais. Following some stellar reviews and an interesting plot summary, I took a chance. I will likely listen to him again based on this book. 'Suspect' has a unique back story and a good plot. Our heroes Scott and Maggie are both wounded and recovering, but don't come off as pitiful. I really enjoyed the chapters that took on the inner workings of Maggie the police dog in training. Crais was able to portray believable dog-thinking without over doing it as many authors, even good ones, tend to do. The pacing of the book is good. This is important especially with audiobooks as there is no skim-reading allowed when you listen. Still, I don't think it quite reaches the fantastic four stars or the "unbelievable! you have to stop everything else you are doing" five star rating....but its a good listen that I recommend for audible members.
Really enjoyed the story line and the author providing the story line from the dog's perspective. Plot not unusual but did feel a degree of anxiety as the story ended.
I couldn't wait for my next listening session. The plot was helped along by the occasional switches in perspective from the main character, to the dog, to others.
Loved them all! Especially when the big, gruff cops and soldiers would talk to their dogs in the dogs' language. Maggie's voice also helped me believe I was hearing exactly what that girl was thinking.
Yes, the narrator did a tremendous job to bring the characters to life and entice the listener's mind.
They were equal so I did not have a favorite
I had two favorite parts, one when Scoot first obtained Maggie and the second favorite part was after the injury and the hospital scene.
This was truly a good story line. I could not stop listening to the book once I began and really did love it!!!. As a nurse and a dog owner and lover, it was truly moving..