This was an excellent book. It held my interest from beginning to end. MacLeod Andrews was great. It is definitely worth a credit. I loved how Maggie was a whole character. If you love dogs, you will especially like this book.
I am a miracle worker. Doing what I can to choose love over fear.
I hate to say where a title rank for two reasons:Different categories means different ways I as a reader may judge the book. When, I listen to a classic I judge each sentence in my head to see if I think it's both well written and read. Secondly, my mood might judge a book differently, if I am in a thriller-mood: Of course thrillers will get a higher rating.I am very picky about thrillers: They either need a heavy plot or characters I never forget. A good thriller makes me forget time while rasing my pulse. It takes me from joy to pain so intense I cry out in fear and sorrow. This book did that and more. Great crazy-work, a page turner sharper than a trigget with a heartbeat. It is laid Bruce by brick into perfection. The lenght perfect for this specific plot.
Even though the plots are different both "The bat" and "Political suecide" almost brought me the same joy last year. This was better.
He brings the Soul of Maggie the dog into your heart.
The Truth in Maggie's love throughout the book.
This book remains in your heart. Credit proof like few other relativly short modern thrillers of our busy time.
Besides incessant listening to audiobooks, I also read on my Kindle at night, birdwatch, garden (roses, daylilies), and do genealogy.
This is more than just a dog story. It is a tale of two emotionally and physically wounded beings, a dog and a man, who find each other and heal together. As I have not read any of Crais' books before, I can't compare this to them. For me, this was a great listen, well-narrated and well-written. I will definitely look for more from this author.
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.
ELLE aka PlantCrone of the Great Pacific Northwest. I enjoy almost every genre-S/F, Action, Biographies and Histories & Romance
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.
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.
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.
This purchase is not my normal type of book. I downloaded the first chapter, still wasn't sure this was for me. I am glad I purchased this book. Really good writer I am unfamiliar with. Really interesting and compelling story. It got me on an emotional level so much I was almost afraid to listen to the end.
This is not a genre I will listen to all the time but every once in awhile.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
...both suffer from PTSD, but for different reasons. This wonderful Robert Crais novel is about how they how the cop and the German Shepherd help each other heal as they become a team. This is one of few Crais detective thrillers that do not have private detectives Elvis Cole and/or Joe Pike as protagonists.
Very highly recommended!!
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
This story had me in tears within the first few minutes, but not to worry the story is not that sad. Great character build up, the friendship that grows between Scott and Maggie is heartwarming. I loved Maggie. I liked how the book is partly from Maggie's point of view. I have two dogs and in the spirit of this book I let them walk me one day instead of me walking them. We didn't get far, mostly circles. Of course my dogs are not trained to do anything but eat and poop. Although the mystery was good, the parts I was mostly into was the nature of the dog and her training. Narrator does an excellent job.