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)
I almost did not get this book due to another review that said you must like dogs to enjoy the book. Very untrue! I am an avid Nora Roberts/JD Robb fan and have a hard time waiting for her books to be released. As long as you like her other mysteries you will love this one. It helps to like animals but it isn't a deal breaker. Ms. Roberts hit the target again and has not disappointed her fans. Waiting for her next book......
Unlike some of the reviews I enjoyed this book ??? it was light and easy to listen to while driving. It is your typical Nora Robert???s books, reminded me somewhat of her other book the Black Hill. This one deals with Fiona Bristow a dog trainer that also leads a Search and Rescue Team. She has moved to an small island off the coast of Washington to escapes her past with a serial killer. In comes Simon Doyle ??? neither wants a relationship with the other ??? in comes a copy cat serial killer .. book and ending are very predictable. My biggest complaint is with the narrator ??? in the beginning of the book she read very choppy however by the end that seemed to smooth out somewhat.
I loved this book. I read the views and they seemed mixed so I almost didn't even give this book a try. I've read a lot of Nora Roberts books and am a big fan. This book had more than the typical Nora Robert's book. It had lots of action and suspense. I am a dog lover and actually have a golden retriever puppy so I can relate to the dog training parts. I would recommend this book.
First, the narrator was UNBEARABLE...She had a small s-lisp that kept jerking me out of the story--which was bad enough without the constant interruption. She gave the main character a sickly sing-song voice and put a STRONG inflection on the last word of each of her sentences. It was maddening! On top of that she talked obnoxious baby-talk to the dogs---Ugh! The hero's character was so flat and unemotional while every other character came through like a small child trying to do voices...cringe-worthy.
Secondly, THE STORY STUNK! It was a boring manual on dog training with a few moments of babbling dialogue about NOTHING. The heroine/hero were bland and rude respectively and together they were totally forgettable. The serial killer was stuck in here and there like an afterthought. I'd rather listen to nails scraped down a chalkboard than have to endure this book again.
I also bought this book on sale. I usually find Nora Roberts pretty easy reading but this book was/is (because I don't think I can even bother to finish it) pretty awful. The characters are dull; the narration is boring and even though I love dogs, I was bored to death.
I have been a fan of Nora Roberts for several years and when I saw this newest book by her I was excited. However, I am definately dissapointed by this offering. The writing is terrible. The characters are shallowly developed and unrealistic and the story was boring unsubstantial . It is not even much of a mystery story. Instead, it was just stupid.
I will not knowingly buy another audiobook narrated by Tanya Eby. She reads like she's reciting for second graders. I was going to stop after the first chapter, but I thought maybe she would get better. She didn't.
I don't know if the narrator totally ruined the story for me or not, but in the end, I didn't care much for the writing either.
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If you are a dog trainer, you will love this book! Otherwise, you may be at risk for boredom in these pages.
I could only bring myself to give The Search two stars. The serial killer portion of the story is underdone and the dog training portion is overdone. The characters were a bit bland and two-dimensional, seeming more interested in their dog ownership than they were in falling in love. When they did fall it love, it seemed to happen quickly without preamble, which I found somewhat unsatisfying.
Tanya Eby was an excellent narrator and made the story about as emotional and entertaining as it is capable of being. I gave her five stars for performance, because her narration really carried the listening experience.
gripping, life-affirming, relatable
Fiona... because of the dogs.
the last chapter... I don't want to spoil it.
I cried and at points laughed and the whole thing felt like it had happened to me. I was not expecting to like it this much.
This is a great book but it's one that you really don't want to put down so it's great for a beach trip or if you have time to listen without stopping much. I read a lot of crime dramas but mostly military & police main characters. A female main character was new to me and I was leery of her. But the whole story & performance was so great. I truly enjoyed it and still find myself thinking about it at times as if it were a real story and then in a millisecond remember that it was just a book. lol.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
This story was OK. I did like the references to the dogs, however the narrator was a little difficult to listen to. She has several voices that she used, but a lisp that is a little like nails on a chalk board. It is an OK listen. I am a big fan of Rizolli and Isles, so it is a pity because the same narrator does that series.
The lisp is a bit annoying to listen to for that many hours.
"I Loved This Book!"
It was unusual for a murder mystery insofar as the context was a pleasant story of a strong woman running her own business and falling for a man she met in the course of it. The main characters were exceptionally well drawn and even the secondary characters were engaging. In the early stages of the book, the sinister tale of a psychopath flicks in and out, building until that aspect overtakes the characters the listener/reader has come to know so well.
The narration was first class.
Some reviewers have said this book would be good for those who like dogs. I think that risks suggesting its just 'okay'. This is far from the case. I really struggled to put it down. I was compelled to set aside time to listen instead of engaging in my normal routine. It is a 15 hour audio book and I finished it in two days.
This book is very easy listening, enough to keep you wanting to get to the end to find out what happens but light enough to be able to concentrate on other things at the same time, pattern knitting for me. I learnt a lot about dog training whilst listening to the book! I have only given 4 stars for the reader because the American accent jarred at first until I got used to it, having said that it was well read.
"Cheesy - but good if you like dogs"
This is a thriller trying to be a romance trying to be a dog training manual. I won't sum up the story as Audible is better at that than me. Luckily I have a badly behaved dog so found the dog behavioural parts quite interesting and therefore kept listening. The main female character was a gutsy, feisty, beautiful and probably had red hair (actually I think it was red/gold). The future hunk was a gutsy, feisty, handsome and - well - I am sure you get the picture. I have read Nora Roberts' books before and had enjoyed them. I have given three stars because it was well constructed and I didn't stop reading. It is my fault I don't like cheesy romances.
I've read the book before, I wanted to listen while I worked, this was my first audible book, I found some of the narration odd! A lot of the male characters came across as lazy and surly, since I've read the book before I know this wasn't the case. I did enjoy and I have purchased another.
"GET THE SEARCH"
THE BOYFRIEND BOUGHT TO LIFE WHAT AN OWNER OF A PUPPY SUFFERS
THE BEST PARTS OF THIS STORY WAS THE FUNNIEST WHEN HE WAS MOANING ABOUT WHAT THE PUPPY HAD DONE AND SHE WAS DEFENDING THE PUPPY
WHEN THE BOYFRIENDS PUPPY ATE A WHOLE SACK OF DOG FOOD (BEEN THERE)
NO IT IS A BOOK I READ OVER A COUPLE OF DAYS
Both the story line and the reading
I have read the book and enjoyed it but her inflections of certain words in the sentance made me laugh or nod my head in agreement. Really made it come alive
More than one
Very worthwhile both from the story and the narration
"Another great story"
Another great story from Nora Roberts
Love the fact I can listen to her books
Brilliant characters and believable story
"A bit long and slow whilst rushed at the end"
Not unless they were already a fan of Nora Roberts, it's not her best.
Definitely, but not based on this book. I have read a few others and thoroughly enjoyed them.
She was ok and her narrating wouldn't put me off a book but I wouldn't hunt for books narrated by her.
This book took a long time to get going and then the ending was rather rushed. Too much doggyness and not enough thriller.
"Woman's Best Friend"
another classic from Nora Roberts. Mystery, thrills and romance in one great story
Ms Roberts books have a similar structure but each is individual and cannot be compared to another
Fiona - strong funny loving
Followed by Mi ( and her 'friend' stories)
Quite simply YES
if you love NR this is another great addition
"Learning to survive"
Not your usual Nora Roberts in that it jumps straight into rumpy pumpy. You actually get a story. The survivor of a notorious serial killer has moved to a remote location where she now trains search and rescue dogs. She is safe in the knowledge that her dogs will protect her if anything sinister ever happens again.
Unfortunately a copy cat is on the loose and won't be put off by a few canine protectors.
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