I’ve always enjoyed Nora Roberts’ works and so I thought I would try one of her latest. The Search was the perfect combination of romance and suspense and kept me wanting to read more and more.
She opens her book introducing us to a couple who realizes their daughter has wandered away out of their house. As a mom, this tore my heart out and I was immediately hooked. This led us to the main character, Fiona, a dog trainer and search and rescue expert. The little girl is found (big smile on my face) and we get to see what type of person Fiona is on and off the job. She has a horrible past, but she has managed to pick up the pieces and start a new life. Just when things seem to be picture perfect a person from her past comes back and she is once again fearing for her life. I found her so likeable especially her fiesty attitude and the way she handled herself when she had no control of the situation. I think my favorite thing about Fiona, though, was her choices in food. The first paragraph of chapter three was one of my favourites.
“With a day loaded with classes, Fiona needed a jump start to the morning. Over sweetened black coffee, she debated the relative fuel rations of Froot Loops versus Toaster Strudels.”
Hilarious! I don’t know how many mornings I have done the exact same thing.
The romance in this book is very different than the average romance you often read about. You can see that the two main characters fall in love with each other but it is done in a very abrupt way. There’s very little that is gentle about the whole thing. They say what they mean and come to accept each other for exactly who they are and how they feel about different situations. It was nice to see and I think a little closer to reality than a lot of relationships depicted in fiction.
Another thing I really enjoyed about this book was the whole aspect of training. Fiona trained on instinct, whether it was her dogs or the new man in her life. She didn’t even think about it, it was a natural action. Paralleling her was the training of the “new” scarf killer by the “old” scarf killer. It was interesting to see how motivation was a key element during this training and how when Fiona faced her biggest fear, it was her instinct that brought her back in control.
The only thing that was slightly disappointing was the scene where the killer comes face to face with Fiona. I was expecting huge lead up and quite a lot of action. I think the lead up was there but the face to face moment is over so quickly it made you wonder whether that was the climax of the story or not. Oh well, still a really good book.
If you are a Nora Roberts fan, this is a book that won’t let you down. Read it and tell me what you think.