I think I had just about given up on Nora Roberts. I don't like her "In Death" work and hadn't read anything of hers that was really great in quite a while. HOWEVER! The Witness did not disappoint. I would put it up there with Blue Smoke, Northern lights and Angel Falls. Great characters, great dialog, great suspense. I'll definitely listen to this one again! YAY Nora! Oh, and fabulous narration! Yay Julia!
There were enough twists and turns in this story to keep it interesting moving right along. A very good story.
One of the most memorable moments in the story was when Eliz was 'shot' after testifying at the trial near the end of the story.
Julia does a really good job with the reading of the story. She has just the right 'stuff' when she reads it.
The most moving portion of the story was the cold way Eliz's mom conceived her and was rearing her. I enjoyed Eliz's character and her 'grit' when she came face to face with some pretty horrific events and was able to move on to what she wanted to do with her life.
Ms. Roberts has been improving with her story development for several years. She really has become an excellent story teller. Her character development has improved as much as has her twists and turns in her stories. Good work.
Great storyline with good characters - would like to have seen the mother receive her comeupance and a few more details in the time Liz/Abigail was hiding from ages 17 to 28.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I almost did not get this book because I wanted something more suspenseful than just a lot of romantic fluff but it was a great buy. The heroine was so strong and so resourceful. The hero was so normal yet courageous. And the plot was almost believable - no supernatural or far-out storyline - just very normal people living in a normal town, facing real enemies and making hard choices. Give us more of this type story Nora!
I liked the suspense of the story. They characters were likable. Abigail reminded me of Dr. Temperance Brennan from the TV show Bones (which is one of my favorite shows). Brooks was a fun and understanding character. Their relationship was fun to watch grow and develop.
I enjoy listen to this book but like most Nora Roberts book I wish she would keep telling the story after the conclusion of the story. This is one of my favorites of hers.
PLOT : UNDERAGE Elizabeth first time to a party has her witness a Russian Mob hit.
12 years later Abigil is living in the Ozarks and is a top notch security expert. Complete with huge guard dog, cameras and hand guns. Local Law officer Brooks Gleason becomes suspicious of Abigail when he spots a gun hidden under her shirt. The mysterious woman takes his interest with her recusive life style. Abigail is a genis with an IQ of over 200. Raised by a gifted beautiful mother who controlled her every move. Elizabeth /Abigail is now living in seclusion in the Ozarks. The Russian Mob still looking for her she hides with a new ID and job using her own security expert skills to stay alive. Soon reclusive Abigail is finding the new joys of living and loving as an adult though her encounters with new love Brooks. This one of Roberts most facinating heroines. We watch Abigail boom and learn about life as an adult. Excellent reader and this story movies along very well. and you will be glued to the very end.
I read so I can write
I have loved Nora Roberts books for many years. I have to admit there have been a number of them that have disappointed me for some reason or another and made me wonder if someone was ghost writing for her or she was simply having a bad day.
This is Nora at her true best. A fantastic story with cleanly combined romance and mystery that holds interest to last paragraph.
The books that disappoint still disappoint, but books like this keep me buying more of her books.
The narrator was a little less than the best, but the story kept this book at 5 stars.
Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.
There were definitely some parts of the story that had me biting my nails. Readers who enjoy a little action won't be disappointed, but this strikes me as more of a love story.
Julia Whelan did a great job. Her voices for each character were perfect and she was able to capture the tone of each scene perfectly.
Yes. I had an extreme reaction to this book. I laughed and cried a little. Mainly, because I felt a kinship to Abigail Lowery, the heroine. No, I've never witnessed a murder by a russian mobster, but there were other parts of Abbys character with which I identified. At times, my heart really went out to her and I had to stop listening for a while because of how the emotion of the story affected me. That being said, Norah Roberts really spent a lot of time with character development. Readers really get to know each character until you might feel like they're a part of your personal life. Several times I had to press pause and ask myself, "Oh gosh, could you imagine...?" So, even if you don't identify with Abigail as much as personally as I do, you will certainly identify with her as a human being, at least.
I don't know if I found the right headline word for a book that didn't excite me or was sad that it had to end. It is a sweet love story of a girl who's mother had planned her life before birth to become just like herself, a famous surgeon... but that's not what happens. The daughter, Liz /Abigail who lacked the love of her mother rebells for the first time at 16 and ends up in a situation of witnessing a Russian mob killing and then is placed in witness protection only to have her protectors killed so she escapes and goes into hiding for the next 12 years. She intrigues the handsome single sheriff of this small town where she's been recluse and they fall in love and then skillfully comes up with a way to expose all those involved with the mob killings... you get the picture.
I try to be objective and expose myself to good writers and all types of generas. I think Roberts is a good writer and if you like simple love stories with a taste of heat then this book will fill that bill!
It's not for a suspense reader. It's basically a romance novel.
The main character was so unlike able to me. She was a very predictable robot. She would just repeat what a person said by stating a fact about it. That got so old. It wasn't very believable to me. Basically, I was very disappointed.
Yes, she was fine. She read the main character's dialogue like a robot (which fits the character). It just got old real fast.
It wasn't awful, just way too slow for me and the characters got on my nerves.
I won't be buying another Nora Roberts book anytime soon. Boooo!