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.
Native Floridian, readaholic, happily married for 38 years, 4 adult children.
Yes!! Great story and narrator perfect!
2 favorites: Elizabeth and Brooks. Liz was such a complex character, very young, yet old for her age because of her genus. Her core was precious. Brooks, what can I say, the best hero ever. A wonderful, caring, sincere, sexy man. The whole package, looks beneath the surface. Thinks on his feet and doesn't judge. An honest police, go figure LOL
Julia Whelan used just the right tone of voice throughout the book. I could see each and every character through her performance. Would love to find more books that she narrates.
Never give up on your dreams.
Thank goodness I bought the audible, if I'd known it was so many chapters not sure if I would have started it. But, once I got into it (from the very beginning), could not stop.
Real good storyline, you want to know what happenes next and if they're going to be able to 'pull it off'. As mentioned above, it took me quite long before the narrating voice did what it should do for me.
The audio performer was exceptional; the best I've ever heard in an audio book.
This book was the perfect combination of suspense, wit, and redemption. Well written and well performed. I couldn't stop listening. Sad that it's over.
I am a working mom who loves to squeeze in listening to books while walking, doing chores or commuting.
Light, beach reading
The main characters were likable. I do not usually like Nora Roberts books, but this one did not have the corny dialogue that I dislike.
Abigail was a strong heroine, facing tough challenges.
I liked the scenes in the garden and kitchen performed by the main character. This book had a nice domestic feel good element mixed with high tech, crime and small town life.
I really liked this book. It was captivating and real! I could appreciate the circumstances of the characters and empathize with them. I thought it was heartfelt, exciting
and an honest story with an appropriate ending.