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The Witness | [Nora Roberts]

The Witness

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Romance, 2013

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn’t know what - and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    PNels FL 04-24-12
    PNels FL 04-24-12
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    "Excellent book"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    What a great book. The characters were well drawn, and I fell in love with Elizabeth, Abigail and Brooks. The plot held my interest. I loved the way Nora Roberts nailed the southern way of life and idioms.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    I thought the plot was well thought out and it really held my interest. Of course I knew that Nora Roberts' books ended "happily ever after", but I didn't really expect several of the plot twists and the ending.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Abigail told her story to Brooks. I think that the author and the narrator handled the characters emotions well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I really enjoyed the whole book.


    Any additional comments?

    Of all of Nora Roberts' recent books, this is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M Cary, IL, United States 04-23-12
    M Cary, IL, United States 04-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Worth the LONG wait!"
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    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!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 04-23-12
    Marilyn S. Hope New Mexico 04-23-12 Member Since 2009

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    "A Good Story, One of Nora Roberts' Best."
    What did you love best about The Witness?

    There were enough twists and turns in this story to keep it interesting moving right along. A very good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    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.


    What does Julia Whelan bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Julia does a really good job with the reading of the story. She has just the right 'stuff' when she reads it.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Pleasant Hill, MO, USA 04-22-12
    Karen Pleasant Hill, MO, USA 04-22-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Good story, could have made a great trilogy."
    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-22-12
    Elaine Albemarle, NC, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2010

    Totally addicted to Audible.

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    "Absolutely wonderful! Nora Robert's best yet!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    T. Rose MO 04-19-12
    T. Rose MO 04-19-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Norah Roberts 200th book"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 04-18-12
    Molly Goshen, IN, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2014

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    "HER secret past~ First rate Roberts story~ 4 star~"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-18-12
    E Bowie, MD, United States 10-18-12

    Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.

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    "A Tale as Old as Time"
    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    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.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-13-12
    Gail El Cajon, CA, United States 05-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Favorable"

    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!



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    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-02-13
    Regina Seattle, WA, United States 98109 06-02-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Not bad"

    Never read Nora Roberts, whom the New York Times just profiled as the most popular novelist in the U.S. Nor do I read romance novels. I bought this on a recommendation, and I'm glad I did. My expectations were low, but she exceeded them. Not bad. Good narrator.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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  • Rachal
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "Pulls you in."

    The is the first time I have read Nora Roberts and was unsure what to expect. The story pulled me in from the beginning and I was hooked. I love the way the main character grew and developed throughout the story in a way that feels as if you really know her. Beautifully read by Julia Whelan - a great modern crime story where good prevails.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Melbourne, Australia
    7/9/12
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    "Classic Nora Roberts"

    I have to admit that I am a Nora Roberts fan so I always enjoy her books. This is one of the best so far and the plot has some unexpected twists and turns. It does take longer than usual to set up the background for the heroine but it all makes sense and adds some depth to the story. Very good narration makes the setting and the story come alive. I would recommend this to existing fans and it would also make a great introduction to Nora Roberts' contemporary romance style.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    DErby, United Kingdom
    7/26/12
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    "Excellent and enthralling read"

    I bought this as something to listen to on the sun lounger by the pool but it is so much better than my usual holiday lstening / reading! It moves from thriller to romance with a good twist to the story at the end. Highly recommended

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Elena
    Den Haag, Netherlands
    5/8/12
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    I could easily imagine what the author was describing. And I wanted to not to stop following the story until Iwas through. A bit predictable love story development. The man is so dreamy and honest and good and in love straight away. Oh well we all need some doze of hope. And the main character obviously deserves a good family. Being a native Russian speaker, must say - Russian words that are used are accurate and the pronunciation is very clear and understandable.
    Would certainly recommend to a fan of this genre.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Loo loo
    Uk
    7/20/12
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    "The Witness Nora Roberts"

    I really enjoyed this book the main character is very endearing and likeable and right from the start you care and worry about her. It is well narrated as Julia Whelan has a very pleasant voice to listen to. It leaves you guessing what will happen right until the end and I would definitely recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    GERRARDS CROSS, United Kingdom
    7/13/12
    Overall
    "Very Good"

    If you want an easy read this book is for you. Enjoyable and believable.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Katy
    Surrey, United Kingdom
    5/16/12
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    "A good story-great narration"

    This is not a book I would usually buy or read. But I really enjoyed its steady pace and it was a good book from the start

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Peter
    V. Froelunda, Sweden
    7/22/12
    Overall
    "From suspense into romance"

    The first half of The Witness is so thrilling that the five stars seem self evident. But then the novel develops into a rather bleak romance without even a chill. A great pity, but this blend of romance and thriller seems to be the new hallmark to Nora Roberts

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mandie
    United States
    7/21/12
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    "Enjoyed this, just remove the "erbs"

    Really quite enjoyed this, first time I have read a Nora Roberts, very well read. Good story, really got into it, just found the descriptions of the couple of sexual encounters totally unnecessary for the book, as was the long descriptions of what she was cooking and what she was cooking with, especially the number of times "erbs seemed to be used, not sure when the "h" disappeared from this word. Would definately read another

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • City girl in Cambs
    Cambridgeshire
    2/24/13
    Overall
    "Fabulous read"

    Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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