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.
I'd never heard of Robert Crais when this book came up as a Daily Deal. The plot appealed to me, so I tried it. Wow--I'm so glad I did. I really enjoyed the characterization and the story line. As an animal lover, Maggie was a legitimate character to me. I rooted for her as much as the humans in the book, if not more. I hope Crais continues and developes this into a series of books with these characters. Are you listening Mr. Crais?
I loved the story, the narrator did a good job, but most of all, I loved the inclusion of Maggie and all the info, innuendo, and general inclusion of the good dog in this story.
Absolutely, Its just a great story. Anyone who has had or has a dog will instantly be hooked by the Loyalty and companionship in suspect. Plus its a very good thriller. Well written, good Character development and riveting story line.
Maggie, the Dog. She is furiously loyal and she is paired with Scott of the LAPD who is "not a dog person". They both bring out the best in each other through out the story.
Loyalty, Commitment, Justice
Heartfelt... Suspenseful... Mystery
I can not compare it to anything because I don't normally listen to crime mystery books, but I am so glad I listened to this one.
MacLeod Andrews performs every character flawlessly giving each character a life inside my mind that I do not believe I would have envisioned had I simply read the book.
Yes...I found it hard to turn off!
Nothing really imaginative about the story and the parts that are told from the dog's point of view were annoying especially when scott was talking to the dog. I did like the facts told in the story about dogs and what they are capable of. Not much action and scott kept getting lucky with his investigation and typically did stupid things
It doesn't need one, but it could have one since it's over a short period of time.
A great story!
Maggie...the wonder dog.... what a heart and I love how Robert Crais wrote her inner thoughts.
His voice was very expressive and interesting to listen to.
Never have I been gripped so much by a book's prologue...I was sold before the first chapter.
This is for the dog lover who loves a good story.
One of my favorite audiobooks. Storyline was great, I loved the interpretation from Maggie's point of view. Narrator's performance contributed to the character development. A story that left me anticipating throughout.