The premise of both the handler and the dog having PTSD and developing a healing bond. This is the second Robert Crais novel I've listened to (Hostage was my first Crais novel and an excellent thriller). Surprisingly, the dog's "thoughts", simple and more instinctual as they are, were an interesting complement to the plot.
Guardians of the Night (A Gideon and Sirius Novel). Another detective/mystery novel with a working dog involved in the plot.
Maggie the dog.
Yes, and almost did (three sittings).
Like Crais's Hostage, this novel has a couple of really good plot twists that you don't see coming. I hope the author can find the inspiration to create at least one or two more equally compelling follow-on novels using this partnership of police handler and his canine. I've listened to maybe 40 audible books, many of which were excellent, however this is the first one for which I've felt compelled to write a two-bit review.
It met our expectations on all fronts. Maggie is an exceptional German Shepherd dog and the part she plays in Suspect just makes the book. She reminds me of my own GSD, Chewi, who passed last year. Great book!
Multiple things, the narrator is fantastic, the story was wonderful, and I LOVED the characters.
Maggie! As someone who shares a home with a german shepherd, I think the author did a great job of capturing what makes them so wonderful. Of course I'm biased. I also liked Scott, but if I had to pick between him and Dominick Leland, that would be tough choice.
Dominick Leland, I love that character!
Well, I'll have to admit the opening scene had me in tears.
Just an all around great story! I read it once, and have listened to it 5 times. The audiobook is outstanding and makes a great book even better.
Not knowing a thing about dog training or service dogs, I can't comment on the accuracy of the author's portrayal of K9 in this book. But I do love and (I think ) know dogs, including one of my current dogs that had some kind of unknown trauma before living with me. In my opinion the descriptions of the dog's behavior in this story are believable, and enjoyable for anyone who spends a lot of time talking to their dog. The crime that sets the scene for this story is pretty convoluted, and you have to be OK with suspending your belief a bit. Personally, when reading crime fiction, I no longer put too much effort into making sure all the pieces fit together seamlessly. This story works fine if you just let your eyes go a little blurry and enjoy the ride. Narrator is a good choice.
This is an awesome book. I really enjoyed it. The relationship between Scott and Maggie and the way it went back and forth from Scott's viewpoint and Maggie's viewpoint was intriguing.
This was my first Robert Crais book and I loved it. Loved the beautiful relationship between the main character and his dog, and watching them heal each other's internal wounds. Really great storyline that kept me up listening late in the night. And I love MacLeod Andrews narration.
yes because I can use my imagination better. I listen at books when in bed and I can not sleep.
Maggie. They way the author tells you what her thoughts are and what she thinks make her come alive. I sometimes did wonder what a dog thinks.
No I did not
Doggy days know your pack.
I wish there is a follow up :)
Twisty. Heartwarming. Series?
Maggie definitely!! She is loyal, loving, funny, creative, a survivor.
When I read, the characters don't sound different which keeps them from coming to life. He had several characters that had radically different voices and they were believable and by the end of the book I knew who was speaking without having any of the written "tells" to lead me.
Yes. The beginning made me wonder what I was going to be getting into but I quickly understood and found reasons to listen. I generally only listen while driving but this book was an "at work" listen. And re-listen too.
I sincerely hope this is the first book in a series. The ending leaves that possibility open. And Maggie has plenty of pep in her doggie step to go so please Mr Crais, write more!!!
One of my favorites.
I thought my husband might enjoy this while we traveled so I got the audio book. Turns out that was a good decision. I didn't know Crais at this point but have since ventured out into Joe Pike/Elvis Cole and now Max Holman. I love this guy!
One of the most captivating things about this book is the way the voice of the narrator changes from Scott to Maggie, who is a dog. It's not at all a Mr. Ed thing, but a true to life voice relating to how a dog's mind works based on someone's obvious research. Scott loses a partner and is nearly killed himself. Maggie's story is the same but takes place in Afghanistan/Iraq. Scott wants to continue being a cop but is struggling mentally and physically. It seems his only real recourse is the canine corps. Maggie is a mess, too, but gets picked to team up with Scott. Their journey is hard, tender, painful, joyful, and healing.
Crais is a master at creating characters you can cheer for and care about, and the characters in this book are no exception. Loved it and am now a total Crais fan