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The Search by Nora Roberts
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Jan 19, 2012

really liked it
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The Search, Nora Roberts - Fiona Bristow is a dog trainer. She works Search and Rescue with any of her three faithful Labrador retrievers, Peck, Bogart or Newman and also teaches obedience and high level training classes to other dog owners. Fee is also a survivor. She is the only person to have escaped the famed Red Scarf Killer and was influential in his capture and putting him in jail. But at no small loss to herself. Before he was captured, the Red Scarf Killer captured and killed both her dog and her fiance. She decides to move her life to Orcas Islands in the Puget Sound. She meets Simon Doyle when he shows up on her doorstep with a very naughty puppy, aptly named Jaws in tow. Turns out Simon's mother thought he needed some companionship and gave him Jaws as a gift. The attraction between Fiona and Simon is not immediate, but it percolates slowly as they get to know each other. As Fee and Simon are busy falling in love, a copycat serial killer has begun to follow the Red Scarf Killer's pattern, and he's out to finish what the first guy started. The Search is what I would call a very typical Roberts. Fiona and Simon are immensely likable characters who have very real lives. They're emotional, can be difficult but remain almost "real" as they interact. It's been said by other reviewers, but the real stars of this book are the dogs. They're not just a literary device utilized to bring the cute, but are integral to the plot. The story itself does not hold a lot of twists and turns, but it is well written and engaging, and was a very easy way to spend several hours. Is it worth hardcover prices? I'd say no. But I enjoyed it none-the less. Final Grade: B

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