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)
Retired Psychologist Love reading/audiobooks, travelling, animals Favourite saying The fact that you believe something does not make it true
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.
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.
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
An avid reader / listener with eclectic taste from Terry Pratchett to Jane Austen and most stuff in between. (Not keen on horror though).
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.
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
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.
"Not very exciting"
While I did enjoy parts of this (and it was only 9.95!) I found that it seemed to jump whole sections. I felt like they fell in love in an instant, there was no sort of lead up to it, it was just like they were instantly into the full on relationship? I didn't mind the details about the searches, and dog training, but i am a dog lover so found it interesting. I guess i just felt like the story and the characters were a little shallow and predictable
It might make it as a dog training manual if you leave out all the human parts. It goes on and on with no story but lots of crude language and unfunny "jests". Both the author and the characters deserve to do a better job of telling the story!
"Must Love Dogs"
You really need to have a soft spot for the canine in order to appreciate this book. 80% of the book is about training puppies and their humans, 10% romance, and the other 10% is about a serial killer that appears maybe every five chapters. Being that i love puppies and dogs i enjoyed the book, however Ms. Robert's could have added a few sub plots to make it more enjoyable. What i'm trying to say is if you aren't interested in search and rescue dogs, or the information on how to train a dog/puppy you may not enjoy this book. The narration was pretty decent, i'd listen to her again.
"Searching for the right words....."
I bought this becuase it was on sale and thought I would give it a try. I enjoyed the interaction of the 2 main characters and the storyline. I did think it was way too long and it went in to too many details about dog training (which I have to admit that I picked up a few pointers). Not bad.
"The Search is Awesome!"
This is one of the best listens (if not the best)
that i have purchased. i usually listen to Nora Roberts under the Name JD ROBB...But this one interested me.I don't know if it was due to it was about a subject I have a passion for ...or if it is just an awsome listen.I truely enjoyed this book...and the narrator was great too!
"If you want to train a dog, this book is for you."
I love dogs and have done dog rescue for years. I raised Labradors when I was younger. I still found this book dull and without much of a plot. It's mostly about training dogs and a little about crime.
The narrator has a sing-song choppy delivery which made me irritated after a few chapters.
I love Roberts' in death series and adore that reader, but this book is just terrible.
I wish I had my credit back.
"Great Story & Performance. Nora strikes again!!!"
Wonderful story & plot. You can't beat Nora Roberts for romance with some suspense thrown in. I love the storyline with the dogs & their training. The narrator did an excellent job.
I couldn't get through this because the narrator pauses so long between sentences. I recommend taking a sample listen before purchase.
"Great Story the reader was dreadful"
Please no more Tanya Eby, the story was great but she made it boring and the love scenes sounded like she was reading a shopping list, please no more of her, more of Susan Ericksen and Angela Dawe they do Nora Roberts' books justice. when you are reading them yourself you can image the voices but when listening you need someone who makes the book alive and interesting, absolutely not Tanya Eby or Emily Durante for that mattet, both lisp!!!!!!!!
"Couldn't finish for several reasons"
I have read many Nora Roberts books and enjoyed them for the most part; however, this book was so slow-moving, the male lead not likeable, the romance forced, and the narrator had an irritating staccato-type speech pattern that I couldn't listen to anymore. I gave it 2 stars because I love dogs and the training tips were fun, but not enough to finish the book.
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