The Search by Nora Roberts
on July 6th 2010
Genres: Romance, Suspense
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The #1 New York Times bestselling author presents a riveting novel of a canine Search and Rescue volunteer who fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness.
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, Fiona was the only survivor of the Red Scarf Killer, who shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.
On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude necessary to rebuild her life. But all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s an intensely private wood artist and the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy named Jaws.
As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and 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 . . .
3 Stars! I’m still “SEARCHING” for the excitement!
Okay, so the book had some moments, but I really expected more in the way of a thrilling read. I did like the two main characters, Fiona and Simon. Fiona was easy going, funny and a dog trainer extraordinaire! Simon was gruff, demanding, pushy, but it added to his appeal and they played well off of each other. I enjoyed the dog training aspect of the book, I love dogs, but when a book is titled The Search and the underlying plot centers around a serial killer, well, you would think it would be more exciting!
Fiona survived a kidnapping, the tragic death of her fiance and now it looks like a copy-cat killer is seeking her out to finish the job! I expected tension, to be on edge, some angst, maybe some scary mixed in and what I got was some sexy times…that was fun…and lots of instruction on how to train your dog. Yes, it was also sweet watching Simon trying to endear himself to Fiona, even though he was less than tactful. I got a kick out of all the dogs and even enjoyed the two search and rescue missions Fiona was called out for, but I didn’t get the suspense I was expecting.
I’m not a writer, but I think if Nora Roberts had started this book off with writing about all the tragic events that happened to Fiona earlier in her life and then transitioned to present day, that would have made for a suspenseful read. From there bring in the dogs, Simon and the copy-cat killer. Just sayin’!
I really enjoy the majority of Nora Roberts’ books, but this one was a little off for me.
About the audiobook…
While I might not have enjoyed the story all that much I certainly enjoyed the narration. I believe if I had been reading the book as opposed to listening, there’s a good chance I wouldn’t have finished. This was my first listen by Tanya Eby and she was fabulous, a pleasure to listen too. She brought a great voice to all the characters and was able to capture the emotions they were dealing with at any given moment.