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.
The love story could have been left out... once she met Brooks the whole story went down hill..., The running and hiding story could have been a lot longer and interesting... It was a good book, listened to entire thing, but I wasn't fond of the turning this Witness book into a love story... Think the book should have covered more of her running.
The writing is very, very cheesy and one of the main characters is not even slightly believable. She seems more like an alien or a robot than a human being.
She did a great job with the material she had.
I loved The Search so was looking for another good mystery. The Witness is not it. It was so cheesy and the romance was poorly written. Instead of being at all believable, it is as if the author just wrote the male protagonist in the way a 15 year old girl would imagine. I rarely leave a book unfinished but I can't listen to one more minute of it - really.
Calling this book generic is being generous. The characters were caricatures and the plot was downright kindergarten level in complexity. I really wasted a credit on this one. Do some people actually like this kind of thing?
Fabio should have been on the cover of this book. Not because any of the characters resemble Fabio, but simply to identify this as a Ladies romance novel. Like others of the genre this book features plenty of bathos, cardboard characters, and sophomoric descriptions of sex. Julia Whelan did do an excellent job of narration, but her talents were wasted. For a gripping, intellectually satisfying novel with a female lead I would suggest "The Likeness" by Tana French or "Restless" by William Boyd.
no, it could have been a good book. The story was good, but the language ruined it for me. Some language in needed spots for character building is fine, but really, that much was embarrassing.
I enjoyed the mystery and twists and turns
Probably the main character, but I felt like I knew her the best.
I super wished that Audible had ratings, like other media has. I would enjoy a rating system similar to movies, everyone can easily understand the rating and make a more informed listening decision.
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.
The story was engaging enough to keep me hanging on until the end, but listening to the narrator toggle her high pitched feminine voice between the girly lead character and macho love interest was just painful to endure. Her forced tenor southern drawl made me imagine the main character having an affair with Ellen DeGeneres, not some hunky cowboy. Her attempts at the voices of Russian mafia members weren't any more convincing.
I am a firm believer in finishing a book that I spent money on but I must say it was hard to see this one through, the story had an interesting plot to it but it could have been several chapters shorter.
I will read more of Nora Roberts because I usually love her books.
This was a good book. I just recently started listening to Nora. I found this book kept me interested and happy to know what was coming next. However, it ended a little abruptly for what I would have wanted. Still a great read and can't wait to listen to another one!
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The witness is a genius who at a young age witnesses something tragic but from there on in prevails above all - which is why I gave it 3 stars. There was no "wondering" if she would find trouble or be in any trouble....I always felt like she would overcome anything that got in her way which is how the author may have wanted it but I guess after listening to so many Stephen King novels where the characters are faced with adversity and don't live to talk about it I was expecting a little more.
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