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)
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.....
The plot was slow at the beginning, but got better at the middle. Interesting characters. Good narration. Good pastime.
I procrastinated listening to this story thinking it would be boring. How WRONG I was...This book was so good I spent the entire weekend attached to my IPOD wanting to know what would happen next. I loved Simon and his grumpy demeanor, it just kept the story all the more real and Phe was great in the way she knew just how to handle him. Perfect match! Kudos to Nora Roberts I am a huge In Death Series fan but now I am open to exploring her other stories.
Big 10 stars to the narrator for doing such an awesome job, I felt that I was part of the story.
Sorry, but I just couldn't get past the reader. I'm no prude, but the sex and stupid dialog and the infantile reading was just too much. The story had potential, and the location was just fine,but that was where it ended. Sorry I wasted a credit on this one. T. Sandvigen
The goodies in The Search are those who love dogs and who train their dogs to help police search for the lost. On the other hand, the badies are an ugly, unsettling and constant threat. The goodies were engaging characters -- including an enjoyable love interest -- in a gentle island setting. I found the badies boring and -- rare for me -- I fast forwarded past somewhat tedious descriptions of their mind and thoughts, interspersed with attempts to explain their life-path which led to them being in this state.
The narrative slickly wove a range of connections between them all through parallels between the process of understanding dogs and humans (particularly the deviant kinds).
I found the reader, Tanya Eby, excellent -- quite in a class of her own through her ability to transform this novel into a drama.
I listen to books and podcasts at work and it helps to make my day go by faster.The reader made this book unbearable. She made the main character very unlikeable. I kept hoping the serial killer would just get her and put me out of my misery. I honestly couldn't finish this book and I tried twice.
Usually I love Nora Roberts' books, however I was extremely disappointed with this one. My reason is not so much for the storyline-it was typical-but more for the language that was used. I have no problem with "steamy" prose however gratuitous swearing etc is unnecessary in these books and seems out of place for this author. If you buy it, you'll see what I mean. I am hoping this is not going to become a new trend for her.
I found all the tips on dog training fascinating even though I don't have a dog; it was fun to listen too. I was also intrigued by all the comparisons between dog behavior and the villains behavior. Many have said they found the narrator too sing-songy. I REALLY enjoyed the narrator and found her voice soothing and enjoyable. If you're worried- just listen to a sample.
I would have rated this a 5 except for the blatant and constant over use of the F word. I get that the main characters were frequently frustrated by the circumstances and feeling threatened, but it's just "F" this and "F" that. Shows a lack of creativity in an otherwise fascinating book.
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