As a parent of GSDs and fan of a good Cop story involving GSD relationships with their trainers, this book works very well. Looking forward to the next adventure of Maggie and her Master.
I absolutely LOVE the point of view of the dog, Maggie! The entire book was so well done that I had a difficult time stopping when I needed to be working. Very well written and narrated.
Absolutely, I have already listened to it 3 times!
because it is very well written, the facts involved in both the dogs behavior and training are on spot, and with the handler.
This was not just pulled from imagination, but researched very well !
I refuse to write spoilers = sorry ;)
A clear and easy voice that kept me listening/
yes, and I did.
It is rare to find a GOOD book in this subject that a person who knows and trains dogs can believe and enjoy.
this book had me on all aspects.
I laughed, I cried, I cringed, I was ready to attack !
It makes me want to go back into training !
I miss holding a good dog while it takes a solid bite!
Animal Lovers Read!!
Yes, I could have if it was posible.LOL
Animal lovers will love this book. I am an avid lover of dogs especially, so I loved it. The relationship between dog and owner is truly amazing!
The notion of bonding a PTSD cop with a PTSD dog in a thriller was attractive to me as a sometime dog-resuer. But, the plot is a bit contrived and the characters, including the dog, rather one-dimensional.
Great book! To be fair, I love dogs (no bias there, right?) and I'm a sucker for books that elicit an emotional response. Put the two together and I'm a drawn in.
If you've ever been though a frightening or emotional situation with a beloved pet, you'll likely enjoy this book. No matter how much you love an animal, going through something difficult together somehow puts that relationship on a different level. It's that unspoken, unconditional bond between dog and man that is nearly impossible to sum up in words, but somehow Robert Crais did so extremely well...and all while wrapping it up in a very suspenseful plot. I will be reading this book again!
couldn't put it down
loving my dog more
yes...when the dog speaks of 'pack' and 'alpha'
I have a new found appreciation of a dog's nose
People say I resemble my dog (and vice-versa). He can hear sounds I can't hear, but I'm the one who listens to audiobooks.
I really wanted to like this book. In fact, I was really liking this book for the first 3-4 hours. Definitely worth listening to up to that point -- L.A. cop and military dog both lose their partners in combat, get shot up themselves, come together in the K-9 unit, and heal each other of their PTSD.
But then the dog goes missing. She still figures in a number of scenes, but she no longer figures in very much in the action or the mystery, except tangentially here or there. When Suspect turns away from the story of a cop and his dog to the cop solving the murder mystery, it is no longer time well spent. Not to mention that the mystery portion is a) telegraphed from the get-go and b) solved with a minimum of sleuthing and a lot of stuff falling into his lap without him really trying (in one case he doesn't even ask, the key evidence is just offered up -- can you say deus ex machina?).
As a dog owner myself, I loved the way Crais looked into the mind of a dog and how they are trained. He didn't anthropomorphize the dog when switching to her point of view, instead trying to show how a dog thinks. I only wish the dog remained integral to the solving of the mystery in the latter half of the novel.
And so, clearly, the least interesting part of the book is the mystery at its heart. Holes? You betcha. Cardboard cutout characters? Galore! But worst of all, never tying into the good part of the story, except tangentially at a couple of points.
Haven't heard him before. Did a good job here. Not a compelling reason to listen in and of itself, but definitely a good job.
Hug my dog! My dog is having some health issues (knee surgery) and it helps to put myself back into his mindset (from his training days) to try to help him deal with his recovery.
I can't for the life of me figure out why the pedestrian title "Suspect". There are brief moments when there is one suspect or another in the mystery story. But there never is really a "suspect" nor is anyone considered "suspect" in any other sense, not to a degree that warrants being the title of the book.
Also, the first half of the novel, the good half, in addition to being about the cop and his dog, is also about the cop trying to remember what happened to him, with the help of a therapist who specializes in extracting repressed memories. The other cops give him a hard time about discovering new memories. And then that thread ends, even more abruptly than the story of the dog, never to be referred to again. Why bother going down that road if it doesn't lead anywhere?
The story was heartwarming, but not over the top. The characters were likeable, especially the four-legged one named Maddie. I found myself wanting to spend more time with my own dog.
I am an RN with a 40 minute commute 1 way. A perfect excuse to have a good book keeping me company!
I want to adopt Maggie!! She is a fictional dog, but seriously I fell in love. This is the perfect mystery/suspense story for dog lovers. Am hoping it's a series.