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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08  ·  rating details  ·  26,173 ratings  ·  1,680 reviews
The #1 New York Times-bestselling author presents a riveting novel where a canine search and rescue volunteer 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...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 488 pages
Published July 6th 2010 by Putnam Adult (first published 2010)
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♡Karlyn P♡

((((Scratch head)))) Was this a romance story or a training guide for dogs?!

I enjoyed it, but I swear this read more like a training guide for dogs with a romantic suspense story thrown in for good measure. While I do love a good Nora Roberts book, I find too many are just filled with waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much ‘filler’ content. Fortunately for me I love dogs to pieces so it wasn’t always boring stuff, but once I finished the book I realized how much of it was just filler fluff and not all t...more
I've been getting a little worried because the past couple of Nora Roberts books haven't really tripped my trigger. But this one... was awesome.
Fiona Bristow was kidnapped almost ten years ago, the only survivor of a serial killer who would find single, athletic women, kill them and then bury them in a shallow grave in a national park. After Fiona managed to escape, the killer went back and killed her boyfriend and his K9 unit. In his memory, Fiona opened up a dog training school which does eve...more
3 Stars!! I'm still "SEARCHING" for the excitement!

Okay, so the book had it's 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 is about a seri...more
If you have a dog and want to train him/her then by all means pick up this book as this reads more like a "how to" guide. I like dogs but this was overkill. Seriously, page after page on how to train your dog and what's involved in search and rescue missions.

She gets a point for starting off the book really well but that's about it. There was no suspense and the killer storyline could have been so, so much better.

What I found to be unbelievable was the romance between Fiona and Simon. Nothing a...more
Not one of my out and out favourites of NR's, but I would far rather read one of her books than most others out there today any day of the week.

Loved Simon and Fiona both. Loved the whole premise of rescue dogs, the training involved etc. I quite enjoyed all the obvious research that went into this book.

But what I love the most about Nora Roberts books is that she never changes her characters to suit her plotlines. Simon started out gruff, impatient, grumpy and a loner and he consistently stayed...more
This was pretty disappointing for a Nora Roberts book. Usually I inhale her books the day I get them, but this one didn't hold my attention. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't engrossing. It took me a couple days of picking it up and putting it down before I finished it.

The beginning chapter was really interesting. It really helped get me in tune with what she did for her Search & Rescue job. I didn't mind all the details of the training for the search and rescue, most of it was interesting, but I...more
Listening to audio version; Oct 2012 Narrated by Tanya Eby.

Audio review:
Tanya Eby does a great job narrating The Search My only complaint is that sometimes during conversations she fails to differentiated between speakers. Other than that, Eby nails the right attitude and atmosphere for the characters and the story. Simon comes across perfectly as the irascible woodworker who fights to keep his loner status in the face of his growing feelings about Fiona. As with the print version, I love how Ro...more
Lynsey A
OK - so I'm somewhere between a 2 and 3 star on this so I'll go with 2.5 stars.

The beginning of the book was kind of boring and boy did I learn a lot about how to train a dog. I also really didn't warm up to Simon. He just seemed way too hard for me. There just was something about him that I didn't warm to. He was a little too grumpy for me or something. Fiona was ok but I didn't really love her either. It's hard to explain but this couple just didn't do it for me. Yes, I at sometimes smiled ov...more
I gave it 3* it's an interesting plot, good storyline, I'm not a dog person but that didnt put me off, but i marked it down because i didnt feel the connection between the characters it just never got going and there werent any real tense moments....all the emtion in the book felt forced...i'm a very big fan of this author but this bk didnt do it for me.
Nora Roberts can always be counted on to write a good story, and this one wasn't bad. The thing is, it wasn't up to her usual standards, thus the two stars. Yep, I'm grading on a curve.

Any number of reviews will give you a synopsis of the book so I won't bother with that. I'll just cut to the chase: I didn't particularly like the protagonists. Well, okay, I liked them apart from each other. Fiona, or Fee, was kind, smart, and a good friend. She was level-headed and had come back from incredible...more
Wow. I don't know how Nora Roberts writes so many high quality novels, but she's done it again with The Search. The heroine (Fiona) was strong without being harsh/bitchy, the hero (Simon) was a delightful combination of handsome, competent, loyal, and cranky without ever becoming annoying. Watching these two fall in love was a treat.

But the real stars were Fiona's and Simon's dogs. Ms. Roberts did an amazing job giving each dog their own distinct personality and they lit up the page every time...more
Isis FG
For me, Nora Roberts almost never fails to deliver an enjoyable, readable book. This one was no different. I liked "The Search" a lot...I probably wouldn't qualify it as one of my favorites by her, but I can see myself reading it again in a year or two.

Series Note:
No series connections.

Years ago, Fiona Bristow had the perfect life in the works...a great fiance, an upcoming wedding, a loving family. Then it all fell apart when she unintentionally caught the eye of the Red Scarf Killer. W...more
Dec 27, 2010 Hazel rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Shelves: romance
I ordered this from the library for the Bodice Rippers. But it's not going to win the poll, so I can stop now. :-) But it's been an interesting experience. I think this is what you'd call romantic suspense, and I suspect it has all the elements of a successful genre novel. There's a marvellous atmospheric setting on an island in ?Washington state (Apologies, my US geography is quite poor); an independent heroine with a tragic past and an admirable job; a mysterious, slightly-rough-around-the-edg...more
Generally speaking Nora Roberts books are fairly predictable but I can always count on them to entertain. While I am not going to find life's hidden meaning within a Roberts book I will find a few hours of blissful escape where I can guarantee I will be whisked away on a fairy tale romance that never fails to give me a happily ever after ending.

Each protagonist in a Roberts novel seems to have the perfect balance of imperfections (both physical and emotional) and positive attributes so as to ma...more
Nobody reads Nora Roberts for shocking and unexpected plots – she basically has a handful of types of books and just rewrites them over and over. The Search falls into Category 2: woman with traumatic past has overcome it to become completely self-sufficient and a little bit closed-off emotionally, meets new guy right as she falls back into danger very similar to whatever caused the trauma in her past, they fall in love while danger deepens and eventually best the foe together. I am not mocking...more
Brenda Audiobooks Only
Narrated by Tanya Eby Narration 4*s

I'm a big Nora fan. I'm also a dog fan. The combination of a good storyline from a favorite author with the detailed research on dog training, especially in regards to search and rescue, worked really well for me.

I really enjoyed the romance between Simon and Fiona and how it built over the course of the book, they were a great couple. This was one of my favorite romances of 2010.

The audio book version was excellent even if you had to work a little harder to he...more
Nora Roberts is a little hit and miss with me. I've read a few and almost gagged on my own vomit...but there are a few of her books which do everything right and this is one of them.
I'm disappointed in this book, maybe because I've read much better books by N.R. over the years. The story started very promising, and I enjoyed discovering & reading up about the San Juan Islands & Orcas (WA); it sounds very pretty there. I also enjoyed reading about the dynamics of a small island community. What made me loose interest in the story was that it was so predictable and far from original. I felt like I've read this story too many times before, just set in a different backgr...more
Having survived the horrific events in her life, including the death of her fiancé and being kidnapped by a serial killer, Fiona Bristow concentrated on her dogs and helping to find others that are lost or missing. Living on Orcas island had felt a safe place to be. Training a dog for search and rescue is her specialty, but when Simon Doyle shows with his pup Jaws and requests obedience training, she sets him up in one of her beginning classes. Finding out that there was a copy-cat killer out th...more
Jul 18, 2010 Amy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who is into mindless reading
This book was great up to Chapter 7. Then she could have ended it. Seriously. The book definitely could have been shortened by 300 pages. I started to skim most of the last 1/2 of the book. The discussion between the characters of whether she organized his kitchen cabinets or cleaned his house was tedious at best. How many times do we have to read that her friends and neighbors are checking up on her and that BOTHERS her!!!! Why she devoted CHAPTERS to these two main characters trading activitie...more
En realidad son 4.5 estrellas ^^

Emboscada nos cuenta la historia de Fiona, que después de ser secuestra y sobrevivir a ello se muda a una isla, se vuelve adiestradora de perros y monta una unidad canina de búsqueda y salvamento, o salvamento y búsqueda, ya no lo recuerdo xD Un día conoce a Simon un hombre recién llegado a la isla que busca como adiestrar a su intranquilo y juguetón perro Tiburón.

Seguir Leyendo en... http://amante-de-los-libros.blogspot....
Branwen *Blaidd Drwg*
"Bad boys are so much more interesting than good girls."

"Depends on the girl, and what it takes to bring out the bad."

Fiona has spent the last few years putting her life back together after she is kidnapped and her fiance is murdered. She has a home and friends that love her on a small island off the coast of Seattle. And she runs training programs for dogs and also dogs training for search and rescue work. She has found happiness and stability with her life, and maybe even love, as sparks start...more
Florence (Lefty) MacIntosh
Both a Nora Roberts fan and a dog lover, I had high expectations for this book. I wasn’t disappointed – lots of suspense & well researched as is the norm for Nora. You’d need to be a real special type of person to do this sort of volunteer work. The characters, the Pacific Northwest setting, the little details on working with these fabulous dogs, it all worked for me.
Jan 27, 2011 Denae rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone (adult) who likes a good thriller
Recommended to Denae by: saw it at the library... sounded good
Found this book to be very suspenseful and hard to put down! Had to see where it ended up... liked the writing style of this author, have not read any books from her before.
A serial murder, a hunk, a damsel, and the most interesting characters are the dogs she trains
This was a very long book. I didn't think I would ever finish it. Usually Nora's books read very quickly; her sentence structure is short and clipped and her storylines do not require much thought. This time I think that she did not put much thought into it either.

I love animals, especially Labs like my sister's, and this novel was all about dogs. The heroine trains dogs in obedience and S&R (search and rescue) so what's not to love, right? Well, this book mostly reads like a dog training in...more
Some of the reviews here are brutal, which is a mystery to me. I happen to love dogs but didn't think that was at the basis of my interest of a story about a woman dog trainer. Fiona Bristow is a survivor who has recreated herself following pretty tragic circumstances. She relocated herself to Orcas Island in Puget Sound and is devoting her life to dog obedience training and as a volunteer with the Canine Search and Rescue. Fiona also trains dogs for search and rescue.

Enter Simon, a wood artist...more
I started to read this at my mom's one day when I was bored and it was lying on the coffee table. Didn't even bother to read the back so I had no clue what I was reading, though I knew the author. It turned out to be pretty good! The Search is a romantic thriller about a woman, Fiona, who 8 years ago escaped a serial killer, who is now in prison. But a copy-cat killer is now surfacing and on the hunt to finish what was started.

I really loved the characters in this book: Fiona, the protagonist,...more
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
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...more
I'm giving this book 3.5 stars.

I did like it. I did. Way more than a lot of other books I've read. I have a few complaints, though (as usual).

#1. This was an insanely long book. I usually manage to fit at least one book into a day. And that even leaves time for things like eating and sleeping. The Search took foreeeverrr! Not enough happens in this book to justify its length. But even though I'm complaining about this, I can't think of any specific scenes that could have been edited out. Maybe s...more
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