Mar 31, 2010

Review: The Search


I have to admit that I don't read a lot of Nora Roberts.  I just don't care for straight romance.  However her romantic suspense is delicious. 

Several years ago, there was a serial killer named Perry that was out there kidnapping and killing young women.  Fiona was the one that got away and helped to put him away.  Fast forward to now, Fiona 'Fee' has remade her life on Orcas Island.  She is now a dog trainer and is heavily involved with Canine Search and Rescue.  She meets a handsome man, Simon, who doesn't like dogs but brings her a pup to train.  Oh Fee isn't his type either.

Now there is another killer out there mimicking Perry's style right down to little details that were never released.  Friends, family, the FBI and Simon are worried that Fee is one of the targets.

This book is incredible.  As someone that was involved in dog rescue for years, I was really impressed by how right on Ms. Roberts is on dog psychology.  She either has a pack of dogs at home or did a lot of research on the subject.  I even learned a trick and I used to take in problem dogs and retrain them until they could be rehomed.

I could go on and on about the dogs but there are many other great things in the book.  Ms Roberts has always fantastic about designing three dimensional characters and  the interpersonal relationships between her characters are always spot on.  The tension is enough that you can't put the book down regardless of the alarm going off the next morning.  In fact, I recommend reading it on a weekend or it makes for a long next day at work.  And the best recommendation in my eyes is the fact that my husband couldn't put the book aside.

I give this book a 5 and I tend to give out very few of them.  In fact, in 8 years of reviewing I can still count the number of 5s I have given on my fingers and toes with several left over.  Pick this book up.  I promise that you won't be disappointed.

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