This is my first book by Nora Roberts, and I am pleased with my discovery. I find that the narrator will make or break the book. Julia has become one of my favourite. This is well worth it. will leave you, Good and relaxed.
I absolutely loved this book. I've repeated it multiple times and I never get tired of hearing it or reading it again. it has action, lo ve, suspense. definitely one of my top 5 books.
An absorbing plot with intriguing twists and turns. The narrator was outstanding, and her character interpretation was convincing and consistent. The main character, Elizabeth Fitch, is an anomaly, as is her mother. Although imagining a real-life Elizabeth, a.k.a. Abigail, is a stretch, the story line is believable enough to keep my interest. The biggest surprise is the ending - a very satisfying ending it is.
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I absolutely loved this book. First off I am not a romantic story kind of girl, usually preferring light to dark murder mysteries and some horror or sci fi, however I feel in love with Nora's Key trilogy and decided to explore some of her other books. The Witness was absolutely amazing. I was sucked in from the first paragraph and found it hard to shut down. The characters were intelligent and well developed and incredibly engaging, I even enjoyed the romance. Definitely a fast paced thriller worth the time and credit!
My first Nora Roberts book and what a great surprise! Purchased on sale and so glad I did! Maybe a few parts to the story line where you really had to stretch your faith that it would all be possible, but it was well worth the listen. Julia Whelan did a superb job with the narration and managed to give each character a very distinct voice and personality. Not all narrators have this skill developed as well as Julia. I will definitely select more Nora Roberts in the future and Julia Whelan narrations as well! Would love to see this one developed into a film...
This book, at first, confused me, since it starts out in the perspective of a 16 year old girl. A YA? For Nora? But no. This was Roberts' ingenious way of providing sufficient backstory for a very intriguing and multilayered heroine without interrupting the story flow.
Abigail Lowery is not who she seems. She lives a very solitary life in the Ozarks with her larger than life dog, Bert, security cameras dotting her property, and enough firearms to equip a small army. She's perfectly happy with her solitude, her work, her routine, until police chief Brooks Gleason takes a shine to her, and his curiosity is quickly replaced by emotion. Raw, true emotion. We've got the Russian mob, a wholesome hometown guy, and a woman's who's stark upbringing and overwhelming fear come clashing together with conflict to spare. But it all comes together, beautifully. Poetically.
I've read a lot of Nora, and in my opinion (up until now that is) reached her zenith with the Boonesboro series. But The Witness has changed my mind. A romance that defies all the templates. Suspense and drama and emotion beyond simple explanation. In my opinion, this is Nora's best work. And her narrator, Julia Whelan, did an outstanding job.
My only question is: when is the movie coming out?
I had hopes in the beginning. It seemed to drag after awhile. The main character was overly intelligent and in real life would be very dull to have a conversation with. There seemed to be too many little stories thrown in . I wish there could have been more suspense with the Russian mob toward the end. I also thought it corny she spoke French to the dog.
Hmmm... I sort of liked The Witness. I can see why people devour her stories. This being the first of her stories that I have read, and being partially impressed, I do have more than 200 more of her books to go before being able to judge her as a writer.
I felt that this was very boilerplate. PG romance. B mystery. Second rate writing.
Nora Roberts knows what she is doing. All of the pieces fell into place nicely. You can see how her mind works an an author. Its all about a formula. Match the right pieces together, stir and you have a best selling novel.