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 am certain it would be better in audio format than in print. The narration was superb, with just the right tone and presentation to delineate the character perfectly. It was a marvelous performance, & it made the book totally enjoyable.
This was a good story.
Roberts has an ability to present, very capably, a 'sense of place'. Also, I learned a great deal about dog training & dog handling through this book, & this is one aspect that made the book enjoyable for me. (I wish I had known some of this information years ago.)
There were a lot of favourite scenes, but I had to laugh out loud at the description of Simon trying to get his somewhat unruly pup, Jaws, to jump up onto a narrow board, then walk across it, like the already-trained search & rescue dogs were able to do.
I did find this book hard to put down, but not necessarily because of high suspense levels. There was some of that, but the book, itself, was interesting enough, & the people real enough, that I preferred to stay with them, until I was done.
The descriptions of the canine search & rescue missions were interesting & informative, as well.
really enjoyed this one. Eby was perfect for this story. I liked the charaters, they weren't perfect but they were good together.
Fantastic, Romantic, and Suspensful
I didn't love her narration, the voices were a bit similar, but after awhile, I got the flow, and was able to follow the story quite well.
When she moved in with him.
Nora Roberts has done an excellent moving story, as always. Always a pleasure to read her books.
No. The book overall was excellent. It simply did not need all the sexual details. It would have been so much better for the scene to fade. If one needed that detail, one can use one's own imagination. Without those details, it would have been a wonderful story for my yourng, interested granddaughter to read. Its a real shame, it's a very good story.
When she found out the killer had an apprentice.
Yes. Very well done.
Yes. When she was confined in the tent and had to get out to breath.
Story line and structure are different and interesting. Not the usual generic mystery story.
Good story along with smart dog training tips and dog life...Nora Roberts is a wonderful painter! I can see the bridge and trees and happy dogs!! Great story and knows what I want to read (hear) about! Loved it!
A real suspense story as opposed to a book in the middle of the road half way about dog training and halfway about about falling in love with a guy who is too sexy for his shorts.
Turned me off from any other books from Nora Roberts.
Too bad she was associated with such a poor novel!
I paid for the book and was hoping for something good. I never found it. Having to go through this book was a painful experience. I never had to listen to any other book so boring!
Give me water to swim and surf in. That with a glass of white wine and the sun. That's heaven.
I purchased the paperback and it was good enought to read twice. When my sister went into surgury I gave my paperback to her. The audiobook brought voices to all the characters.
When the serial killer left his calling card at the drive to Fiona's house.
I have neer listened to any of Tanya Eby's performances before, but was very impressed.
Good character development and a great performance really made this a good listen. Another girl meets guy, girl gets guy story but with a twist, just enough to keep things interesting, the language let you envision a good mental picture of happenings.
Although the dogs are an essential part of the story, the author built the story around them and not about them. I felt the characters to be witty and the dialog believable. Beautiful descriptions of the landscape that made me feel I was there with Fiona and the dogs. I would listen to it again. The reader did a great job.
I get bored with plain romance. This book has intrigue, suspense, mystery, humor and romance with fully developed characters. I really enjoyed this one. Nora Roberts at her best in my humble opinon.....
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