The Search

The Search

by Nora Roberts
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The Search by Nora Roberts

A canine Search and Rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness in this riveting #1 New York Times bestseller from Nora Roberts.

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. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare: an encounter with the Red Scarf Killer, who shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona has found the peace and solitude necessary to rebuild her life with her three loyal Labs. But all that changes on the day intensely private wood artist Simon Doyle barrels up her drive with an out-of-control puppy, desperate for her help.

As Fiona embarks on training Jaws, and 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...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101188705
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/06/2010
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 6,597
File size: 619 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.


Keedysville, Maryland

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Silver Spring, Maryland

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ma_book_lover More than 1 year ago
I liked this book. It was, in my opinion, a whole lot better than Black Hills. It was a fun romance, mystery novel. I thought, in comparison to her last few books, that this was a nice return to the normal Nora Roberts books. Sure, the story lines can be somewhat predictable, but who cares. She has a wonderful writing style that sucks you into the characters and the story and you don't want to put it down. Definitely a good summer read!
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Red Scarf Killer murdered twelve twentyish women before he abducted Fiona Bristow, tied her up and tossed her into the trunk of his car. She had a knife on her so was able to get free; Fiona provided the FBI with a description of her kidnapper. They failed to find him until he snatched Fiona's befriend, killing the caring cop. After much therapy, Fiona starts over on Orcas Island in Puget Sound. She is a canine search-and-rescue trainer and dog trainer in general who has no plans to have a relationship with artisan Simon Doyle as eight years have passed since her last tragic one ended n his death. As he creates beautiful furniture, they get to know one another due to his feisty matchmaking puppy. As their feelings grow, Fiona feels contentment for the first since the Red Scarf serial killings. However, that ends when the FBI agents arrive to inform her that someone using imprisoned Perry's M.O. is killing young women leaving on their necks the telltale red scarf. Law enforcement and Fiona believe the copycat killer is coming for her, but this time she will not run from her nightmare; this time she plans to confront her bogeyman. The Search is a strong romantic suspense mostly because of the lead couple's bickering teasing, a strong support cast including an eccentric four legged pup, and the Washington State setting. The serial killer subplot is not new as the copy cat has been done before, but Nora Roberts makes it seem fresh with her incredible writing skill as she uses the S&R canines as key elements in the exciting story line. Readers will enjoy Ms. Roberts' entertaining Puget Sound thriller. Harriet Klausner
SKT63 More than 1 year ago
I found the abundant profanity to be a turnoff and added nothing to the story's plot or characters and in fact was a distraction to an otherwise fairly good read. The ending was weak and diappointing. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Bkworm73 More than 1 year ago
I've loved Nora Roberts for years and have everything she's ever written. I've even been known to write upcoming release dates on my calendar so I don't miss them! The Search certainly didn't disappoint.Such a refreshing read, the characters jumped right off the pages. I'm a huge dog lover and watch a lot of shows on dog training and dogs etc. Nora definitely did her research and knows her stuff. This novel was like reading a current news story right off the headlines. Marvelous job. I love everything she's done but it was such a nice change from the supernatural/witchcraft of late. This would make another great series I think.
goguins66 More than 1 year ago
I look forward to Ms. Roberts' individual novels almost as much as the JD Robb series. Search didn't exactly disappoint, but it didn't give me the same page turning urgency that her past works have. The main character trains search and rescue dogs, and it was clear that the author did her homework on what it takes to be a dog trainer,very clear. In order to teach the reader everything she knew about the character's job, Ms. Roberts goes a bit overboard and fills pages with cadaver hunting vs. character development. This is one of my first experiences with a killer being "outed" in the beginning of the book, and I found myself missing the multiple suspect mystery that so many Nora Roberts plotlines are known for. Overall, I enjoyed Search...I just didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. The good news is that I know exactly how to train a puppy.
poosie More than 1 year ago
The Search is a strong romantic suspense. It was a good serial murder read but had a lot of places to laugh also. Fiona Bristow is strong, smart and determined, but she's also warm, lovable, and likeable. Years ago, Fiona Bristow had the perfect life, a great fiance, an upcoming wedding, a loving family. Then the Red Scarf Killer entered her world. She was his only survivor. Her fiance and his police K-9 partner were dead. To help recover from the terrifying ordeal, Fiona moves to Orcas Island and starts a canine obedience and search and rescue training school. Since then, she's managed to find peace and be content with her life, until...
ilove2read2MR More than 1 year ago
The last few Nora Roberts hardcovers have always had the romance, suspense gritty thriller and of course Ms Robert's great writing style. While The Search is a departure from her usual books, I found it to be a very entertaining book with rich characters that draws you into the story. Yes, the gruesome crime details were less evident in this book, but it's a refreshing change. You may not fall in love with the plot, but the portrayal of a loving family and loyal friends, not to mention the hunky hero and the lovable canines (who wouldn't love Jaws?!) were exceptionally done, as is the usual for all of Ms Robert's books. This book is analogous to pop music as the author's previous books are akin to hard pounding rock music. Once in a while, a change in rhythm is good. It's a great value for the price, specially if you have it in digital format.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading The Search and loved it. It was a great story with wonderful characters that you truly get to know and love. The story reads like an easy beach read but the thriller aspect keeps you on the edge of your seat. I couldn't put it down and in true Nora Roberts style, her descriptions are so real you feel like you are actually on Orcas Island with Fiona and Simon. If you love Nora Roberts, you'll love this latest novel.
Para-Fan More than 1 year ago
A great book with an awesome plot that kept getting better. I loved the canine angle and enjoyed reading how SAR dogs, and dogs in general, are trained, which is an important part of this story. Fiona and Simon are a well matched pair and they are interesting in their own way and you can't help but get involved in their relationship. Ms. Robert has once again given us a book to reread again and again. Try her book"Carnal Innocence" for another great read.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Fiona Bristow started her dog training academy and canine search and rescue unit as a way to honor and recover from her past, a past that includes grisly details that after seven years she still has nightmares about and the last thing she's looking for is love with a cantankerous, blunt and handsome wood artist named Simon Doyle. Simon Doyle moved to the picturesque island in Washington State to have peace and quiet after living with the bustle and noise of the big city, what he doesn't need or want is a dog, unfortunately he's got one, now he needs to decide how to handle it. That's where dog trainer extraordinaire Fiona comes in, every one says she's got magic when it comes to training dogs, but Simon finds that the magic doesn't' stop there. The question is does he believe in magic. This is classic Nora Roberts equal parts adventure, suspense and romance, it's why she is the Queen of romance and it's a title that is well earned. She will wow her audience with her story line that's fresh and exciting. Her dialogue is classic Roberts too, with her no-nonsense narrative and wonderfully visually descriptive scenes. You will live through her eyes the majesty of the San Juan Islands and specifically Orcas Island while she navigates us through the twists and turns of her plot. Her characters are amazing from the stars Simon and Fiona to all the supporting characters that make the whole tale come together to her villain(s) who's creep factor is up there with the best thriller authors. Her hero and heroine are two totally different characteristics and it's fun, interesting and heartwarming to see how they fall in love. Her love story is funny and uplifting as we watch these two most unlikely to fall in love characters do just that. Her love scenes are hot, spicy, sexy and very visual and will take you from cold to sizzle in seconds. So if you've never read Nora Roberts, you must live in a cave. If you have read her you won't be disappointed as this is one of the best novels of hers I've read. If you love, romance, suspense and adventure in equal measure than this is for you. It's a must read this summer.
Bookworm35SD More than 1 year ago
I couldn't wait for this book to come out. It is an amazing story of courage, self worth, love and comedy, drama, suspence. Once I started reading, I had a hard time putting it down. The relationship between Fiona and Simon are a battle of all things alpha! I see this book as made into a movie with Gerrard Butler as Simon and Ashley Judd as Fiona. I recommend this book to all Nora Roberts fans, and for that matter, I recommend this book to everyone. Why to go Nora!!
nancymitchell More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a good romantic suspense, this isn't it. There is too much detail about dog training for my taste but, the banter between the two main characters, Fiona & Simon is witty, engaging and fun. Fiona is strong and determined and has been through some traumatic things in life. She refuses to be a victim and instead puts her past to work helping others. A decent read.
Butterfly530 More than 1 year ago
Definite page turner! It had the perfect mix of mystery, anticipation, anxiety, and passion. I just couldn't put it down until I finished reading the last page. I recommend this one to any Nora Roberts fan!
peggy54 More than 1 year ago
Standard Nora Roberts padded with endless dog training instructions. Possibly worth it as a paperback, not as a hardcover.
bearkram More than 1 year ago
loved this book ...all the elements that i loved. weird how she wrote it and it is much more than a romance book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora does a great job with this one. Could be a good movie actually. Predictable at times but still a page-turner.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts never lets you down. You can see where the story takes place and feel the action. This was a book I didn't want to put down.
bolivianthatsme7 More than 1 year ago
This book had its ups and downs. I would say half of the book was good and kept my attention, while the other half was boring and pointless. The bad half consisted of dog training, so if you want to learn about training your this book! The other half was somewhat exciting and kept you on your toes. As for the ending, it was too predictable and so cliche. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, unless you happened to find it on the floor and had absolutely nothing else to do. I'm probably being a little harsh, but well, you get the point.
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Wow! Awesome book, suspense, romance, it's got it all! Just read it!
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Anonymous 11 months ago
Amazing book that you cannot put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second time that I've read this book and I enjoyed it just as much as the first time. Of course I enjoy whatever I read that was written by Nora Roberts. However, I would love a book about the continuing love life of Fiona and Simon and the dogs. Be blessed with continued good writing Nora.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always Nora did it again, another winner