Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
My first Robert Crais. I absolutely loved it. By giving Maggie a voice Crais taught us so much about how these wonderful dogs are trained and how they interpret the training.
I also loved seeing how Scot and Maggie's relationship developed and they bonded so closely. The story line was great. Terrific book.
“I love all genres of books, however when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!
I cried when I listened to the first chapter! I cried again later in a scene between Scott and Maggie. If you can only listen to one book this year this should be it.
This is not a new plot but the addition of Maggie the dog and the great use of her as an additional player and her perception as a layer to the story gives the whole book a new twist, freshness and huge impact. I have a dog that I am certain would protect us ( its pack ) without any thought that there was another option. It's a little scary having this responsibility. Many authors have tried to make the dog a character but in Suspect this works best for me. The dog is an equal - more than equal in many ways. The other characters are great and Scott is terrific. The bonding of Maggie and Scott and their shared recovery is superb - it could easily have been over done or have become mawkish and sentimental - it doesn't - great writing. Scott's recurring view that Maggie was more loyal than he was is very powerful. The story twists and turns and I found myself having to take a break a few times - its intense. I don't think think my wife will ever read this review but - just in case - she is pack as well!
I really enjoyed this Crais book. Some of his narrators for the Elvis books put me off but this I enjoyed. Story was good, narration was good, I'll check for more.
I will definitely recommend this book to a friend. If you love dogs, murder mysteries and suspense this is the book for you. I really loved that he wrote sections from Maggie (the dog's) perspective. I laughed, I cried, I bit my nails. Just what I want from a good story
I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.
I guess I'm a sucker for dog books - especially books about big, furry dogs with an edge. And this one is terrific. The biggest issue with this book is that it's not longer. I could easily have listened to another 4 hours and been just fine with that. It's efficiently and professionally written. Maybe just a little predictable, but a good listen.
Here's my best recommendation: if you have to do something unpleasant - like clean the garage or basement - load this one on your iPod and get to work. The time will fly by. Maggie is great company. You'll miss her when it's done.
Listening to the integral way Crais wrote about the H and his dog put a smile on my face. Crais wrote as though the dog could speak too. But he did it in a way that kept the dog as a dog not completely like giving the dog human characteristics. Instead, it seemed to be plausible, gave insight into how a dog might figure things out, which we—dog owners—see a dog do all the time. I know I’m often amazed at how my lab-mixed dog just seems to know some things. And I certainly didn’t figure out what was really going on with the mystery, though I had a vague idea the vicinity within which the burden would land. From the riveting opening of the book until the end, I was hooked. I loved the characters, and the narrator did a good job with all of them.
I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!
STORY - I loved this book. There is so much going on -- it is a very good police procedural, a heartwarming dog story and also provides a glimpse into the training and lives of police dogs and their handlers. The story will draw you in immediately and won't let you go till the end. You will love the way Maggie (dog) and Scott meet, train and the way their relationship grows and heals their emotional wounds. You will enjoy the insight into Maggie's thinking. And all this is going on during a police investigation into a very interesting crime!
FOR DOG LOVERS WHO DON'T LIKE SAD BOOKS (SLIGHT SPOILER): If you're like me, you don't listen to dog books because you're afraid they'll be sad. The worst part of this book occurs briefly in approximately the first ten minutes. It's sad, but the author just covers what happens because it's important to the story and he doesn't draw it out unnecessarily. The rest of the book is great and MORE than makes up for the sadness in the beginning.
NARRATOR - Really good job. (Thought about rating the performance a 5 and don't really know why I didn't).
OVERALL - I can't imagine anyone not loving this book (except maybe children because of some violence and inappropriate language). Highly recommended.
Great story and a great way of telling it. I loved the parts where we get to hear what Maggie is thinking and feeling. These dogs are not always able to be re-trained for police work since they do suffer PTSD as well their handlers. I loved the bonding between Maggie and her new Alpha after the loss of Pete. The ending I wont spoil but I will say my heart was just up in my throat. I was not familiar with this narrator but he has a great voice and knows how to perk up or slow down to fit the scene. Great all around effort. Totally enjoyable.
I loved Maggie, I loved Scott, I loved this book. I expected it to be cheesy and looking for cheap tear-jerking moments like most books with dogs do. But Crais treated the dogs with so much respect, as a true main character. Worth saying one more time, I loved this book.
Audible Audio books has made a big difference to me..Poor eyesight curtailed my ability to read like I did when I was younger..Thanks Audibl
And I am a dog lover. I was also glad to read other reviews from women who had tears in their eyes after the end of the prologue chapter. I teared up several times during this very smoothly written and performed story. I'll admit I fell for the anthropomorphic Maggie bits 100% and I usually try to avoid doing that but Crais pulled me in with his writing.
This is a story of bravery and love and it's done very nicely. I'm sure it will become a much loved story this year...I listened to it straight thru..It's 3AM and here I am blowing my nose and wiping the tears away.