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.
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.
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!
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.
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did not read it
LOVED the entire story
Julia Whelan did an excellent job with both male and female voices.
Never able to listen to an entire book in one sitting, but this is a book I've listened to several times. One of my favorite Nora Roberts
I have not read the print version so I cannot compare the two.
The plot was deep and kept you interested.
Julia has a great narration voice but it becomes distracting when she tries to change it for each character. She does not do male voices well.
I remember everything
I enjoyed how current the story line was.
She did a good job of the variety of voices.
Elizabeth was a combination of Bones and Lizbeth.
Julia's reading added to Brooks' character. She portrayed his calm and smooth style very well.
I don't want to spoil the story by giving details. The first 1/3 of the story was suspenseful and shocking (in a good way!)
I have to say that the narrator of this book was the best narration I have ever heard. I really loved listening to the book and how she made the characters come alive. If the synopsis of The Witness makes youu interested then I hope to get you over the line with chossing this book by the naration.
This was an exceptional book. so good in fact was that I went and bought the hard copy of the book to give to friends.
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