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)
Not a bad book. Lots about dogs and dog training, so if your a dog lover this is a plus. But there are also some spicy bits and a nice thriller undercurrent. I do recommend.
I love dogs, but if I had wanted to read a book about dog training, I would have purchased one instead of a novel masquerading as a romantic thriller. To make matters worse, the narrator was one of the worst I have ever listened to. Her style is a combination of choppy, sing-song and baby talk. I am about half way through and don't know if I can bear to waste the time finishing this book.
Early nora was very entertaining. Maybe too many books made her writing banal. I stopped reading her for years but decided to try again. THE SEARCH is a waste of my money. There is no plot to this story up to the second chapter in part 2. That's where I stopped listening. i need something to make me wonder what will happen next or how it will happen. NOTHINGS happening,so far, in this book
I expected something better, something that was more about "The Search" and less about the romance of the main characters. I was put off by the crude language and the details of sexual encounters of the two main characters. There was such potential for this book, and it did not deliver.
I really enjoyed this book and the indepth detail of dog- training and furniture- making shows Ms Robert's took the time on research. I just wish that there were secondary characters or story lines that expanded and made it not so one dimensional story.
Nothing special. But for $9.95 I'm not complaining too much. However the narrator's voice is wrong for this book. She sounds like pollyanna, even when talking about serious things.
I really didn't care for this book. The characters weren't as fleshed out as their canine counterparts. The serial killer plot line was contrived and banal; it lacked any sense of impending danger. At no point in this book did I feel trepidation for the main character. There was no flow between the converging story lines. It felt very disconnected, very nebulous. I've read Roberts before and been swept away. This story left me feeling bereft of a good read.
The story may have been saved by a narrator that had the talent to infuse some life into the characters but even that fell flat. I got the sense that someone did extensive research on dog training and then quickly assembled a formulaic storyline around that research to justify the effort. The resulting main characters are lifeless and the story lacks any real suspense. Too bad because there was a lot of potential here but the author and the narrator didn't lay down a good effort.
In other Nora Roberts novels I've been able to "see" the caracters in my mind's eye but not this one. I read other reviews that referred to this book posessing the sharp repartee between the characters but I must disagree. If that saving grace was ever present it was flattened by the narrator.
There are many good Nora Roberts books out there to be read or listened to but this isn't one of them.
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