This was the first book I've experienced by this author, and I thought I was going to be listening to a thriller/adventure novel. Instead I was treated to a taut, tense, unsettling character-driven tale. The setting was well described, conveying a strong sense of place, but it takes a back seat to the characters. I empathized with them at the same time that I hated them and marveled at their stupidity, at the same time wondering what I'd do in that situation..
As the book drew to its climax, I covered my face with my hands, stricken at the decisions the characters were making. Then I wondered how they could live with themselves...and then I wondered if they could really have done anything differently.
This is a riveting action adventure, but all the really good action is internal to the characters.
I never write reviews, but this book was so great I had to encourage others to try it.
I've read a lot of Nora Roberts, including her mainstream novels and supernatural thrillers and futuristic crime procedurals. I always finish her books satisfied, but this one left me in tears...I was moved.
The luminous characterization, the stirring love story, and the non-stop suspense make it a powerhouse. It has more depth and texture than anything I've read by this author, and she should be proud to call this novel an achievement.
At first, I was befuddled as various endearing, and not so endearing characters were introduced, but they all fit together like puzzle pieces in the end. The hero and heroine were likeable, and their romance believable and understated. I was really rooting for them
The voice actress was amazing, breathing individual life into the large cast of characters, dragging you into the story. Particularly mesmerizing was the telling of the night that Abigail's life changed forever.
The only thing that I can imagine people might not like about The Witness is that its style is a little more deliberate than other Roberts novels. Its characters are well -rounded and meticulously defined, so there's a lot of detail here. While some may feel it's tedious, others may find it makes the book....well...fantastic.
I was expecting a thriller, but this is more a story about how people's lives are affected by murder. That said, it was extremely compelling; I simply had to know what happened at the end. The characters were well-rounded, the pacing and suspense were well-measured, and I look forward to reading and listening to more by this author.
I'm a Garwood fan, but I'm sorry to say this, her latest Scottish novel, is pretty darn bad. It's slow, the characters are flat and boring,nor does it have the humor, sexual tension and fun of her earlier novels. The narrator reads extremely sloooowly, and I found myself wishing I'd just checked out the actual book from the library and saved myself some time. Shadow Music is mildly entertaining, but a waste of time of money.
I bought this book because it was on sale, and I have to say of all the gazillion audio books I've listened to, this recording is simply the best.
The supernatural romance/vampire kinda books aren't really my thing, but the actress, Johanna Parker,does an incredible job. She totally throws herself away and transforms into the protagonist, Sookie Stackhouse, and the result is that this novel is compelling, charming, heartrendingly romantic, suspenseful, and addicting. Experienced audio book listeners who think the supernatural romance genre is terrible should listen to this recording, simply because it is a tour de force.
After listening to this all in one day, I'm determined to listen to the rest of the series, and anything else performed by Johanna Parker.
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