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The Search

The Search

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Tanya Eby


The Search

Written by Nora Roberts

Narrated by Tanya Eby

ratings:
4/5 (170 ratings)
Length:
14 hours
Released:
Jul 6, 2010
ISBN:
9781441804969
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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. . . .
Released:
Jul 6, 2010
ISBN:
9781441804969
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Nora Roberts is the bestselling author of more than two hundred romance novels. She was the first author to be inducted into the Romance Writers of America Hall of Fame. Since her first bestseller in 1991, Nora's books have spent more than two hundred weeks in the number one spot on the New York Times bestseller list. There are more than five hundred million copies of her books in print, published in over thirty-four countries.


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  • (3/5)
    I love Nora Roberts when she writes as J.D. Robb. I have yet to have the same feeling for her other books. This one took FOREVER to get to any suspense and it was so contrived.
  • (4/5)
    A good crime drama/romance for dog lovers.
  • (4/5)
    Terrifying. Great romance!
  • (4/5)
    Fiona is a survivor of a horrible ordeal. A few years ago she was abducted and almost killed by a serial killer. After she escapes, the killer stalks her and kills her police officer fiance and his K-9 partner before being caught. Now she lives a quiet life on Orcas Island in the Pacific Northwest. With her three loyal labs by her side, she volunteers for a canine search and rescue job while also teaching dog training classes. She is thriving in her quiet life until the day Simon Doyle races up her driveway with an adorable puppy, Jaws. Fiona takes on the puppy with no problem but finds herself becoming attracted to his master. Throw in the fact that a copycat killer has surfaced and appears to be hunting Fiona down and you have a suspensful romantic thriller with some humor thrown in for good measure.I love Nora Roberts so I didn't think I would have any problems reading this book and I was not (too) disappointed. A bonus for me was all the puppy training tips as I am in the process of training my 6 month old Chow/Shepherd mix! The Search caught my attention from the first page and although it was a little predictable, I enjoyed it through the end. There were some slight issues I had with the book like Fiona and Simon profiling the killer. A dog trainer and an artist? Fiona treated the killer as if he were a dog and I wasn't impressed. It also hardly ever rained. I'm from the PNW and I find it hard to believe that on the cusp of spring, it only rained two, maybe three, times. Small flaws but enough to slightly annoy me. However, the characters were likeable and the dog tips were helpful. I personally like an easy yet suspensful read. There wasn't a whole lot to think about while reading the book so it made for a relaxing summer read!
  • (4/5)
    Fiona Bristow moved to Orcas Island a few years ago, she works as a Dog trainer and has a close few friends in this close-knit community. Into the community comes Simon Doyle, a cabinetmaker, who makes special pieces, an artist in wood. He's nothing like her but the two of them spark.She also works on canine rescue and fights back issues with herself. (Including a moment of claustrophobia that I suffered myself recently in a tent). Many years ago she was the witness against a serial killer and apparently he's at work again, but he's in jail. He's taunting Fiona, making her come to terms with her past and possibly her future.I love how Fiona and Simon spark off each other, sometimes accomodating, sometimes fighting but always with love. I really enjoyed the story.
  • (4/5)
    This was a nice, enjoyable read.The best part for me was the dogs, particularly the search and rescue aspects. I've read other books that have featured them, but I really got a feel for how they operate, and why people and dogs would volunteer to do this kind of work. I liked seeing the training techniques at work with dogs ranging from skilled search and rescue dogs playing games on their playground to the highly spoiled little yappy dog that had taken over her owners lives. The creepy serial killer story worked as well. If I've read a few books featuring search & rescue dogs, I've read many with serial killers stalking a victim. The Search has a clever twist, and overall executes this part of the story competently.I loved the characters, and I'm guessing we will see sequels about Fiona's two (single) best friends. I pretty much always enjoy Nora Roberts' female leads. Fiona was strong and self sufficient, but not so much so that she wouldn't let friends and a new lover into her life when she needed them.The only part that didn't thrill me was the romance. In particular, I didn't feel any pull from the character of Simon. He was interesting enough, but felt a little too much like a stock character, and one that doesn't particularly appeal to me.However, that's OK because the romance wasn't the primary focus of the story. I often think of Nora Roberts books as more of chick lit than romance for this reason. Overall, I found the book to be a good read.
  • (4/5)
    Got this one from my mom. She read it and really enjoyed it so I gave it a shot. It was a fun read, especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest as I do. It was a bit predictable, yet still entertaining. A good one to read after something brain consuming. Its a pretty quick read and I found the descriptions of the locations and animals quite good.
  • (4/5)
    There is just something about Nora Roberts ability to tell a story, even though she works to a formulaic plot, that is strangely compelling. The Search is a romantic suspense - Fiona is being stalked by a serial killer who is an apprentice of the man who almost murdered her ten years earlier. To be honest, I didn't feel that this storyline commanded the attention it should have. The sense of a real threat was never really there and I was more involved in the other aspects of the story.Fiona has a real strength that I find appealing in a female romance protagonist - her history would have traditionally cast her as a victim yet Fiona is determined to be anything but. I think Roberts found a good balance between fortitude and vulnerability. Fiona is smart, likeable and sympathetic.I was less enamoured by Simon initially, but as Roberts revealed his character, his appeal grew. I think Roberts managed to skirt the stereotype of the hero (handsome, rich, reclusive, gruff) by the skin of her teeth because he was more emotionally complex than I expected.The best part of The Search for me was the relationship between Fiona and Simon - it's an unusual romance between two strong personalities. I enjoyed the banter and thought perhaps there were shades of Eve and Roarke (from Roberts' In Death series). It may not be a hearts and flowers courtship but there is genuine affection and healthy lust. I found the science of Search and Rescue dog operations and training very interesting, if anything I would have enjoyed slightly more depth to this aspect of the novel even though I recognise it would probably have slowed down the story too much. The Search is classic Nora Roberts with a tried and true formula that nevertheless offers something intriguing and interesting. I think part of the appeal for me is the way she builds a relationship between her characters and readers. I enjoyed The Search and think fans of the romantic suspense genre will as well.
  • (4/5)
    I just finished "The Search" by Nora Roberts. As usual Ms. Roberts delivered a suspenseful, romantic story, full of uniques characters and interesting plot twists."The Search" follows Fiona Bristow, the sole survivor of a string of serial murders. Fiona now lives on the island of Orcas off Washington state where she leads a canine search and rescue unit as well as a successful dog training business.Enter Simon Doyle, and his lovable but rambunctious puppy Jaws. Simon comes to Fiona for help with Jaws and gets much more than he bargained for. It seems that the serial killer that Fiona bested has trained an apprentice and he is gunning for Fiona. Will she best this killer too? Will Simon and Fiona fall in love? Will Jaws eat the rest of Simon's beloved pick up truck? Pick up a copy of "The Search" by Nora Roberts today to find out!
  • (3/5)
    A bit long, a bit anticlimactic. The bad guy was bad and yet when she had her moment to confront him, it was over...way to fast. Her books lately have been very talky, lots of girl talk and love talk...too much talking in my opinion. A good story, but it could have been shorter, or more twists and turns to make the length more worth while. I liked it, but didn't love it. Glad I got book at the library.
  • (4/5)
    A little predictable, the ending did seem like it was rushed a little. The book went on and on building the characters and then then end climax was just boom... over. Overall it was a good book.
  • (4/5)
    murder survivor moves to WA to train dogs & do rescue search- copycat killer- agent moves in to protect her
  • (3/5)
    A good Roberts overall, with lots of romance and intrigue. Simon, the male protagonist, is particularly well-done. Grumpy and stubborn and not at all like the usual male romance heroes. The ending felt extremely rushed, almost as if the publisher was hounding her or she ran out of pages. Good lead up and action towards the end, but then it just kind of fizzled.
  • (3/5)
    Okay, I admit it - I was a Nora Roberts virgin. I know, I know, 191 books in print - 169 of them New York Times bestsellers and I hadn't read a one. So trying to be a well rounded reader, I picked up her latest - The Search - on a hot lazy Sunday afternoon in the hammock. Perfect choice! Fiona Bristow was the lucky one. Destined to be the 13th victim of the Red Scarf Killer serial killer, she fought back, escaped and he was captured, prosecuted and jailed. Fiona's fiancee was also a victim. She has retreated to Orcas Island where she works as a dog trainer and also leads a volunteer canine search and rescue group. Simon, a talented wood artist, is also looking for peace and quiet when he moves to Orcas. But his puppy Jaws needs professional help and he seeks out Fee. Well, sparks fly.... But danger is afoot as well. Although the killer is safely behind bars, someone seems to be on a mission to duplicate his work. Is Fiona in his sights?Roberts has created a strong female lead in Fiona. Simon is the rough and ready, not looking for a relationship kind of guy (who of course just happens to be really attractive) The interactions between the two are entertaining if not wholly believable. I got a little tired of hearing Simon say shut up. There's some steamy sex scenes between the two that did a steamy day justice. For the most part, the story is more on their budding relationship with the killer taking a back seat. Yes the suspense is there, but those looking for a high level thriller won't find it here.As a dog lover, what I did really like were the dog training scenes. Lots of good information, some I've tried - I've got one who likes to jump up on people - and it worked! I found the search and rescue operations and methodology just as interesting. Some readers may find this slows them down. Great dog quote from the book "One of the best things about dogs, to Fiona's mind, was their absolute joy in welcoming you home, whether you'd been gone for five minutes or five days. There lay unconditional and boundless love. 'And I really liked her descriptions of the setting she chose. A cute little cottage in the woods, with beaches nearby? Sign me up. Orcas Island is real.So I enjoyed my first foray into Roberts' territory - great escapist reading that didn't tax my brain. Fans of romantic suspense will enjoy Nora Roberts. It kind of reminded me a bit of Iris Johansen's writing. I can see why she's at the top of her game.
  • (4/5)
    I can't help it, I love this category of Nora Roberts' books. A lot of her other genres I don't like, but the stand-alone romantic suspense ones, I'm a sucker for, even though I really do read a lot of more literary stuff.This one has the heroine as a search and rescue dog trainer (so it also hits one of my other main areas of interest, dogs). The hero is a carpenter who builds furniture of staggering beauty and genius. He wants neither a dog nor a woman, and of course ends up with both. In the course of the book, we learn that the heroine was the sole survivor of a serial killer a number of years ago, now a copy-cat is about and after her.What I like about the books that Nora Roberts writes is the atmosphere she sets up among her characters. Not only the two-some that are meant to be, but the extended families of each of them, not only the blood relatives, but the friends. It is so warm and inviting, and makes you wish real life could always be like that.The only thing that disappointed me a little about this one is that the dogs were less and less involved as the story went on. I thought the dogs would prove to be instrumental in "saving the day." but by then they were sort of incidental. I was even worried that one would die, fortunately that didn't happen, but i thought the ending might have had more impact had it involved the dogs more.
  • (5/5)
    The Search is absolutely wonderful. A lot of detail on Search and Rescue Canine training. Fiona and Simon have a great relationship, though reluctant at first. There is a lot of action and a killer to find. A must read even if you don't care for romance.
  • (5/5)
    Whether you like dogs or not, Nora will make you want ten of them by the end of the book. If you have dogs she'll make you love them more than you already do. You can tell Nora loves dogs in this book. She writes of their loyalty, their love, and their need to be happy, discipline animals. I read this book and understood all the more that my new Yorkie has a few things to learn... things that will make the family and her happier.You'll also love the MC's love interest, Simon. He's fantastic! Bravo!
  • (4/5)
    Ten years ago, Fiona survived an attack by a serial killer, who is now in prison. She moved to a rural island in Washington state and has a thriving business as a dog trainer and Search and Rescue volunteer. When her hunky carpenter neighbor acquires a puppy and asks her for help, sparks fly. But a copycat killer is at work, and Fiona may be in renewed danger.More satisfying as a romance than romantic suspense. Not one of Roberts's best, but that's still pretty good.
  • (4/5)
    Fiona has moved to a new town and started a new life after surviving an attack and then losing her husband to the same attacker before he was caught. She now offers dog training classes from her home.In comes Simon, a new neighbor looking for some help training his dog. Simon is a no-nonsense type guy - calls it like he sees it even if it comes off harsh.A suspected copycat murderer is on the lose and all signs are pointing to Fiona's attacker being somehow involved. As the threats get closer to Fiona, things start heating up.Plenty of chemistry between Simon and Fiona plus mystery. A lot of the story revolved around dog training and search & rescue, etc. (which, for me, was a little slow at times.) Overall, good book.
  • (1/5)
    Slow read and the ending was anti-climactic.. I wish I would of skipped it.
  • (5/5)
    Excellent writer! About three months ago, I had a dream about Nora Roberts’ books! I have never read any books by her! Twenty plus years ago, My sister in law read Nora’s Books. She would share some of Nora’s stories and tell his much she loved reading her work! After the dream (my deceased brother was in my dream) a few months ago, I knew without a doubt that I had to get her books! I have read at least 4 so far! Excited about reading all of her books! Thank you Nora!
  • (5/5)
    Good book, good narration. Sometimes a narrator can ruin a good book but in this instance the narrator and book matched very well. Enjoyable.
  • (5/5)
    Very enjoyable read. In particular, I really liked all the information of dog training. It added an additional layer to the book beyond the romance and beyond the suspense. The characters were multi-dimensional. And the female protagonist was smart and took steps to protect herself from danger. The male protagonist was strong and not perfect, which was great.
  • (4/5)
    I figured that I would try several NR books on my latest trip to the library. I grabbed two or three and started with The Search.

    Better than I expected. There is a lot of dog content, as others have warned, but I didn't find it over-the-top.
  • (3/5)
    I haven't read a Nora Roberts novel in a long time and enjoyed this title. If one is not familiar (as I am not), one can learn alot about training puppies and about Search and Rescue Canine teams. The author is shown on the back cover with two (2) dogs so I’m wondering if she has personal experience with training dogs or attending dog obedience classes or went to training classes with her dogs for Search and Rescue as research for this novel as the language needed to compose the storyline seemed absolute second nature within the ease of her storytelling. I would think that those that love dogs would love this novel.
  • (1/5)
    I can't believe I used to like this book. Haven't read it in years and decided to listen to the audio version. Either my tastes have dramatically changed or the narrator's voice is too grating in her cutesy & saccharine way, for me to enjoy it. I guess if you're into mushy romance - fine. But there isn't enough suspense. I usually read romance that is primarily suspense and less on the hearts and flowers.
  • (5/5)

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    Fiona Bristow, dog trainer, search and rescue canine handler and op leader, and most of all SURVIVOR! A victim when George Perry serial killer captured her and SURVIVOR when she escaped and helped put him in prison for life. Now George Perry has created a proxy in his image with the responsibility of ending her life.
    Nora Roberts take the story of serial killer and weaves a fascinating blend of emotions that reach through the page and grab you by the throat and heart. Then adds the knowledge of dog training and search and rescue which informs and instructs.
    As a story teller she tops my list and I am so glad I had the opportunity to enjoy the narrative. And, Lenny, my chihuahua thanks her for the discipline I was able to impart from her instruction in dog handling.

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  • (4/5)

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    Pretty good story.

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  • (4/5)
    Nora Roberts is a compete comfort read for me and this didn't disappoint. All her favorite elements making it a successful if fairly standard romance.
  • (4/5)
    Lately I've complained that NR put far too much research in her books and it looks like it started around this one. Not that much as later on - and luckily I like dogs - but more than she did before. Not one of her best, but I still liked it.