Issue #21: “The Search” by Nora Roberts “is a love story that will make you want to get a dog

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Name of Book: The Search

Reviewed by: Ogunlowo Samiah

Genre: Romance, Fiction

Author: Nora Roberts

Year of Publication: 2010

The search is a riveting novel where a canine search and rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Nora Roberts expertly mixed relatable life experiences into an unexpectedly gripping story.

The Story centres on the life of a woman in her twenties who through a slim twist of fate escaped the pangs of death. To most people, Fiona Bristow seems to be living an ideal life in a quaint house on an island off Seattle’s coast where she juggles a thriving dog-training school, a challenging volunteer job of canine search and rescues with her three intensely loyal Labs. But only a few knew Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Years before she found solitude on the island, Fiona was the only survivor of a Red Scarf serial killer, who on an act of punishment shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner. Fiona was a stain, a stain to what he does, his addiction.

As it is said that the life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living, Fiona mourned and blamed herself for the death of the Man she was going to marry. And after what seemed like an eternity to her, she sought out and found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life on Orcas island where the company of 3 lovely dogs, work, friends and stepmother gave her the strength to give life another chance.

But all that changed on the day Simon Doyle, a reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, barrel up to her drive, desperate for her help. The restless puppy, Jaws had eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon, however, is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for the exquisite furniture he creates from wood. Simon never wanted a puppy-and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But unlike charges attract, right?

As Fiona embarked on training Jaws and as Simon began to appreciate both dog and trainer, the past came rushing back into her life. A copycat killer has emerged out of the shadows, a man whose bloodlust has been channelled by a master with one motive: to reclaim the woman who slipped out of his hands. And to do that slowly with intentions to make her suffer.

Nora Roberts probably didn’t hold anything back while creating this masterpiece. The conversations are so good and funny- You’d find yourself Chuckling all through the story. The Dog’s are another comic relief especially the little witty Jaws. There are so many fantastic additions to the story, every Dog owners would learn a thing or two and even the ones contemplating getting one for themselves would hasten it up.

And the love story in the story was unusual, Not one of that instant attraction. They both have lives and reasons for being single. If not for fate, they probably would have remained unknown to each other.

The mystery/crime element in the story added enough danger, fear and intrigue… So thrilling. This isn’t one of the stories the reader has to figure out the Antagonist. Nora is fond of it, she will tell you who the killer is at some point in the story and still maintain the threat and suspense.

This is definitely a favourite book and I am so getting a dog.




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