The Search by Nora Roberts is a novel where a canine search and rescue volunteer fights danger and finds love in the Pacific Northwest wilderness. Publisher: Putnam Adult, July 2010

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 rescues. Not to mention her three intensely loyal Labs. But Fiona got to this point by surviving a nightmare.

Several years ago, Fiona was the only survivor of a serial killer—a madman who stalked and abducted young women, strangled them, and left them buried with a red scarf on their bodies. As authorities were closing on the the Red Scarf Killer, h shot and killed Fiona’s cop fiancé and his K-9 partner.

On Orcas Island, Fiona found the peace and solitude she needed to rebuild her life. Yet all that changes on the day Simon Doyle barrels up her drive, desperate for her help. He’s the reluctant owner of an out-of-control puppy, foisted upon him by his mother. Jaws has eaten through Simon’s house, and he’s at his wit’s end.

To Fiona, Jaws is nothing she can’t handle. Simon is another matter. A newcomer to Orcas, he’s a rugged and intensely private artist, known for creating exquisite furniture. Simon never wanted a puppy, and he most definitely doesn’t want a woman. Besides, the lanky redhead is not his type. But tell that to the laws of attraction.

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.

Several years ago, Fiona survived a serial killer’s attack. While he’s safely tucked in prison, someone is copying his crime and now that person is after Fiona. Enters Simon who goes to her for help with his dog; Fiona is a dog trainer and a volunteer for the Search and Rescue squad. What starts as friendship blossoms into a relationship and when her life is threatened, both head-strong friends will do everything that possible to assist in apprehending this copy-cat serial killer. I enjoyed this book, the characters and the plot that focused on dog training and use of dogs in search and rescue efforts. My rating: 4 stars

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