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Book Review: The Search by Nora Roberts


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.

My Thoughts:

Fiona Bristow lives on Orcas island where she trains dogs in obedience and Search and Rescue. Armed with the water protecting her and her three dogs, she shields herself from a past where she once starred as a victim. Down her lane, comes Simon Doyle, artist and owner of a puppy in need of training. Fiona faces two dilemmas as she teaches Jaws, his puppy, and lives her life. One, she’s not prepared to open her heart to a prickly and stubborn man, and she’s fearful of the past she buried to catch up to her.

Perry, a serial killer had once kidnapped Fiona with a stun gun, gagged her, drugged her, and threw her in a trunk when she was twenty. Somehow, she escaped and Perry came after her and killed her fiance and his dog. Now, eight years later, his proxy is out to finish the job. This time, the island is her advantage.

As she deals with his proxy, Eckles need to finish Perry’s job, and her fight to keep normalcy in her life, the balance is tilted and she has to fight to hold on to it.

Roberts is skilled at bringing characters to life, building suspense, and keeping us invested in the story. It’s a great book I’ll keep re-reading when the mood arises.

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