To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to have an idyllic life: a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast, a thriving dog-training school, and a challenging volunteer job performing canine search and rescue. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.
Several years ago, she was the only survivor of a serial killer - a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing in on the Red Scarf Killer, he shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.
On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.
To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction.
As Fiona embarks on training Jaws and as Simon begins to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past tears back into Fiona’s life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channeled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands.
©2010 Nora Roberts (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"[T]he romance is finely done, with Roberts's trademark banter lighting up the page. Fiona and Simon are the main attraction, but the setting and the supporting characters—with paws and without—provide a vivid backdrop." (Publishers Weekly)
Whilst I loved the story. The narrater was so dull.Preferred the narrater on Nora Roberts book Chasing Fire she was a joy to listen to.
If you are not the type who enjoys shop talk and lectures about all aspects of dogs and dog training, skip this book. I seriously considered quitting it after the upteenth reminder that puppies need to be spayed/neutered. The dog talk overshadows everything--the plot, the dialog, everything--until the last 2 hours or so. Very annoying.
This book was my first Nora Roberts experience without it being complete Romance. Sure, she's had plenty of suspense and drama in her other books, but this was more about the mystery and bringing a killer to justice. I loved my adventure in "The Search." There was some romance but it was intertwined sporadically during the build up of the story and really became climactic right when the plot of the killer came to fruition. I enjoyed how the two were conversely built.
There were places where the story was slow. I wasn't sure where the story was headed in the first couple of chapters. I felt like I was coming in during the middle of the story, which isn't always bad, but in hindsight, it wasn't really that important to start out the book. It could have been introduced a chapter or two later and not as the introduction. After that, things get going and there are only minute areas where you wish the story would pick up.
This is the first book I've listened/read by Nora Roberts. Saw all the Lifetime Movies for TV and enjoyed those but never listened/read anything more. Can't say enough about this audio book. The storyline is great love the mystery and enjoyed listening to Tanya Eby another good narrator. Narrator's are just as important as the writer of the story for they bring the book to life and making it move at the proper pace. This had it all. l've recommended it to all family, friends & co-workers. Totally great.
Reading has always been my guilty pleasure. I would take stacks of books from the library. Now I listen to Audible.
As a dog lover this book held a special place in my heart. The story was great and very plausable.
The Search had just the right amount of romance and intrigue. I love her dogs and the way the book talks about training techniques. As I was reading I was steadily coached on constantly reinforcing positive behavior which really helped me with my dog training.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, my first read of Nora Roberts. I listen on my regular car journeys and found that I was dying to get back into the car to continue the listening. I was so disappointed when it finished simply because I was enjoying it so much. I'll be listening to more or Nora Roberts without doubt.
I listened to this in little pieces as I was driving and really enjoyed the story. Having 9 working dogs myself had something to do with that but I also enjoyed the dialogue between Simon and Fiona. The foul language was unnecessary but other than that it was good to keep me awake and interested.
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