The Guardian

Paperback | April 1, 2005

byNicholas Sparks

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Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone again. But who? Should it be Richard Franklin, the handsome, sophisticated engineer who treats her like a queen? Or Mike Harris, the down-to-earth nice guy who was her husband's best friend? Choosing one of them should bring her more happiness than she's had in years. Instead, Julie is soon fighting for her life in a nightmare spawned by a chilling deception and jealousy so poisonous that it has become a murderous desire...

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Julie Barenson's young husband left her two unexpected gifts before he died - a Great Dane puppy named Singer and the promise that he would always be watching over her. Now four years have passed. Still living in the small town of Swansboro, North Carolina, twenty-nine-year-old Julie is emotionally ready to make a commitment to someone...

With over 100 million copies of his books sold, Nicholas Sparks is one of the world's most beloved storytellers. His novels include 12 #1 New York Times bestsellers. All his books have been New York Times and international bestsellers, and were translated into more than 50 languages. Ten Sparks novels have been adapted into major mo...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:April 1, 2005Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0446696110

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Wonderful book. I love all of Nicholas Sparks book..................................................
Date published: 2015-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Guardian What a good book. It was so easy to follow from beginning to end. Every time I opened the book I immediately remembered where I left off. I loved it when the end brought you back to the very first chapter. I would for sure recommend this book to be added to your library.
Date published: 2015-08-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The guadian Enjoyed it very much! Could not put it down once into the story-have to read more Nicholas Sparks. Romance without being cheesy
Date published: 2014-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Love This Book Another awesome book!!
Date published: 2014-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Predictable ending, but cried anyway Love the layers to this story - loss of a loved one, good friends scared to admit that they love each other, some comedic relief and "(wo)man's best friend", throw some suspense in there and it can't get much better than that. I saw the ending coming though, but I still cried. Nicholas Sparks can be predictable, but he gets me every time!
Date published: 2014-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Perfect amount of suspense and romance. Starts off a little slow nut progresses into a great novel
Date published: 2014-07-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great story A true romantic!
Date published: 2014-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book The Guardian is one of so many amazing books from Nicholas Sparks. I believe this book should be a movie like so many of his book are.
Date published: 2014-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book A fantastic book from Nicholas Sparks. It was a bit darker than his other books but I it kept me on the edge of my seat and couldn't put it down.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book This book is an amazing read I've always been..drawn to Nicholas Sparks books and I will gladly say this is now one of my favorites
Date published: 2014-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Guardian Very good book.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unsure. I love Nicholas Sparks as much as the next girl, and this book delivered everything a Sparks fan would want: love and tragedy. But it also brought something a little different than most Sparks books: suspense. I enjoyed having the suspense aspect in the book, it followed a different pace but unlike all of his other books, I had a hard time getting through this one. It was a little slow moving, and while I cried at the end of the book (let's be honest, it IS Nicholas Sparks, it's bound to happen) I just didn't feel as invested in the characters as I would have liked to have been.
Date published: 2013-01-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Predictable Like other reviewers, I cried at the beginning and end of this book. The middle, however, was rather predictable and thus not all that gripping. This book was ok, I read it quickly, and with some interest, but it isn't something I would highly recommend. Singer was my favourite character - lol.
Date published: 2012-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart Racing I teared at the beginning and at the end. During the middle of the book it was all heart racing emotions. I really enjoyed how this book was based on love developed by best friends and a thrilling love by psychological obsession.
Date published: 2012-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from His first thriller I love love love his books, and this was no different. The idea of a suspense novel was a perfect twist to his romance novels. Warning animal lovers, you will need a box of Kleenex and a serious detachment from this book. It's passionate, suspenseful and loving. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat, one of those "I feel like i'm watching TV it flows so well" books.
Date published: 2012-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sparks best one yet was definitely his best book yet
Date published: 2012-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AHHHHHMAZING :) First Nicholas Sparks book iv'e read and it won't be my last.
Date published: 2012-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good This was my first Nicholas Sparks book and I liked it. I got very caught up in the plot. I wanted to know what would happen and I couldn't put this book down until the end. I fell in love with Singer the Great Dane. I will most certainly try other Nicholas Sparks books.
Date published: 2011-04-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing This book was great from the start to the finish. I felt like I was in the book with them by the end of the novel. Standing O to Sparks!
Date published: 2010-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible! This book was very intense. I could barely peel my eyes away from it. The suspense was almost unbearable, I kept fighting back the urge to flip to the back of the book and finally find out what was going to happen. The book had me in tears from the very first page, and it left me sobbing by the last page. I wasn't sure what to think when i saw that Nicholas Sparks had come out with a Thriller. I was a little skeptical at first, but boy, was i proven wrong. This book was amazing, and it definitely made it on my favourites list! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, Especially Dog lovers.
Date published: 2010-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stunning! When i first heard that Nicholas Sparks wrote a thriller i wasn't sure what to think. i didn't know if Sparks' could pull it off, however The Guardian is my all time favorite book. As a dog lover, this book really hit home and even though it was a thriller it also had a beautiful romance that Nicholas Sparks is famous for. I've been recommending this to all my family and friends. i would recommend this book to anybody who is into romance novels and/or is a dog lover. Be sure to keep the tissues ready, i needed them by the prologue
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprisingly awesome I was a little skeptical when I read the back and realized Nicholas Sparks had written a thriller, which isn't usually his type of book, but it was really good. It had sweet touching moments, and suspenseful moments. I really liked it.
Date published: 2009-01-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK It was OK
Date published: 2008-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best! When I read this book I was hooked from the beginning. It's so different from all his other books which make it that much better! Definatly a tear jerker. I couldn't control my tears near the end! lol. VERY good book over all!!!!
Date published: 2008-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book. This has been the best book by far that I have ever read. It gave me chills at times. So suspensful, shocking end.
Date published: 2008-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cross-Over Sparks proves he can write thrillers as easily as he writes love stories. This combination love story/thriller about a stalker is well done. You get an inside look into the mind of the stalker, although your intuition sends up red flags long before you can read his thoughts. The love story that develops between Julie and Mike shows the emotional struggles involved in moving a relationship from a solid friendship to something more serious, especially when he had been her late husband's best friend. Again, likeable main characters, witty dialogue, and plenty of action. A twisted psychopath who at first seems too good to be true, and a family pet who has great intuition, as well.
Date published: 2008-02-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great summer read. While somewhat predictable I enjoyed this story. It was a nice end of summer read and will probably be a book that I won't quickly forget.
Date published: 2007-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from truly amazing I just finished reading this book and must say it's one of the best books I read in a long time. Nichloas Sparks is truly an amazing writer, i could not put this book down. And I will admit that the ending made me shed a tear...for those who have read it you will know what I'm talking about.
Date published: 2007-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Guardian I just finished reading the book. Nicholas Sparks is such a amazing author. I could not put the book down. You really get into the story. I can't wait for his next book.
Date published: 2006-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soooo Good I love Nicholas Sparks as an author, so I was thrilled when this book came out. The thing that caught my attention and kept my interrest at first was Singer, the Great Dane (my fav. dog), but in no time the Great Dane wasn't the only thing that kept me interrested, the story was excellent, it was full of suspence and intencity... A word for the wise though, don't read the last few pages first, it totally ruins it!!
Date published: 2006-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from such a wonderful story If you liked all the rest of his books..This one wont dissapoint you,...again such a wonderful story..
Date published: 2006-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book by Sparks! This is my absolute fav book by Nicholas Sparks because it's so heartfelt and I couldn't put it down. Because of this story in particular, I too want a dog like Singer.
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nick Sparks does it again! I have read all of nicholas sparks' novels and none have made me cry quite like this one did. This book is a must read for any loving pet owner. This book is a combonation of laughs and tears with a hint of mystery. You won't be able to put it down.
Date published: 2005-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made Me Cry... I spent a couple of late nights awake with this book. It was so good. I needed to see what happened. There were many times where I was laughing, only to end up crying shortly there after. This was the 2nd novel by Sparks that I have read...but it won't be the last!
Date published: 2004-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do yourself a favour - READ THIS BOOK! Having just read the Notebook, I was eager to read something else by Sparks to confirm the suspicion that I had just found my new favourite writer....and if the Guardian is any indication of his other novels, I have succeeded! I was expecting a cheesy romance, but it was the furthest thing from cheesy. It broke my heart, made me laugh, had me on the edge of my seat, and then put my heart back together again. With truly remarkable characters, Sparks has crafted a modern love story full of intrigue and mystery, where the fine line between friends and lovers is put to the test, resulting in the kind of ending that will make even the most cynical person believe...
Date published: 2004-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Extraordinary!!! I have never read a book that has captivated me from beginning to end before, until now. This book had everything you could want. Suspense, love, drama, comedy, it didn't matter, it had it all. Nicholas Sparks did an amazing job, and I absolutely love this book. It will forever be my all time favorite. It's definitely a must read!
Date published: 2004-06-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Amazing I have read all of Sparks novels. This the absolute best! Words cannot describe how excellent this book truly is. There is suspense romance everything you want from a good story. The way Mr. Sparks writes really makes you feel the characters and his writing makes you feel the story!
Date published: 2004-05-03