I LOVED this book. Fair warning, have a box of tissues for chapter one. The story of two broken but not down officers, one a LAPD officer, the other a retired marine who happens to be a German shepherd. Maggie, the K-9, lost her handler/partner to a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. Scott lost his partner in brutal shooting. They find redemption in each other and become stronger for it. The narration is amazing. The writing is moving. I thought the way some of the story was from Maggie's perspective was great and seemed very true if you've ever had a dog. The first chapter covers the bombing in Afghanistan where Maggie looses her handler. I made the mistake of listening to it in the car. I cried so much that I had to wait 30 minutes in the home depot parking lot until my blotchy crying face went away. Truly one of the most moving chapters I've ever read.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
Perhaps - I typically listen to my audiobooks multiple times - but this one is fresh in my memory and the story is pretty simple
Elements of Watchers by Dean Koontz and WE3 by Grant Morrison have intelligent animals who's thoughts are expressed but Maggie is simply very intelligent and loyal with the benefit of being exceptionally well trained
Great job with vocalizing Maggie's thoughts
When Maggie bonded with Scott and was willing to take on the Sergeant head of the dog squad
Evil cops vs a very good dog - what's not to like. It's a good story with particularly evil cops bested by a couple of wounded beings who prevail well told and voice acted
I would add the print version to my collection as I just LOVED the audio book.
Both the Scott and his best girl Maggie are fantastic characters. Scott and Maggie are struggling in their own unique ways.
Maggies recollection of her time with her handler Scott at the timber yard. Her thoughts and his reassuring touch is just lovely.
This mystery is exciting, the characters amazing and it really is a page turner!
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
This is about a troubled LAPD cop and his similarly emotionally-challenged dog Maggie. Crais introduces the conceit of writing alternate chapters from Maggie’s point of view. Do dogs really think like this? He was consistent in limiting her abilities to reason, but, perhaps for that reason, it just got tiresome. The ending was predictable.
What saved the day for me was the narration by MacLeod Andrews. He was terrific.
When I finished listening to this book, it felt a little more like I'd been listening to the description of some episode of a television show than a book. It's not that I didn't enjoy the story, but it was all sort of short and sweet. There wasn't anything extra, everything is very straightforward, no extra character histories or even extra characters, no romance, no crazy plot twists, no extra plot lines. I don't know if that's really a criticism, but I guess the book could have been twice as long if things had been fleshed out a little. Anyway, if you're looking for a well narrated book with a good plot that moves along quickly then you'll probably like this book.
Absolutely worth the time! The story is super cute in its man-and-his-best-partner, aspects while also being a very full-fledged police thriller that will keep you listening. Is it the most intricate thriller I've ever read? No. But the dog makes up for it 100%. If you're undecided, definitely go for it.
On the narration: MacLeod Andrews knocks another one out of the park with this narration, he is playful without letting a single sinister moment get away from him, and he had me in tears with his impersonation of the dog during some of the scenes from her perspective.
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!
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Loved the part of Maggie, the German Shepard who was a Marine dog, and now is being trained to be a police dog. The human characters were good too but the dog is what really got to me.
I'm not a dog person, but I fell in love with beautiful, loyal, Maggie. I liked Scott too and the story was good.
My 13-year old enjoyed the story too.
Please can we have more of Maggie and Scott.
Absolutely beautiful story
Emotional healing and connection between main characters
This is my first time listening to a book read by MacLeod Andrews and I think he is excellent.
At the end of the book the encounter between Sgt. Leland and the recovery room nurse when the audience realized that Scott and Maggie had won. Made me cry.
I am a dog lover.