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Not one of my favourites
11 June 2017
This was a strange read, I was almost a third of the way through when I realised that I was fairly ambivalent towards the main characters. Normally, I find that Nora Roberts creates interesting, engaging personalities who draw me into their story, but this was a struggle, I didn't dislike them but I didn't feel anything for them either.
Fiona is a dog trainer, who also runs a canine search and rescue team on Orcas Island. Simon, is a carpenter newly arrived on the island who wants to avoid interacting with people. However, the unexpected gift of an unruly new puppy puts him into Fiona's orbit and so begins their relationship.
As a student Fiona survived an abduction by a serial killer and her evidence helped to convict him. Now, a new serial killer is active with a possible connection to Fiona's abductor, a persistent reporter is trying to get a story at all costs and the FBI are back in Fiona's life again. All the elements of a good story were there, but it did not materialise for me.
Over the past few weeks I have read Obsession and reread The Witness, both on similar themes and I found they were an absorbing and well paced read. By comparison, this was dull and plodding, even Fiona and Simon's developing relationship lacked a spark. I did persevere to the end but can't say that I enjoyed it.