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.
This book was Nora Roberts at her best. I couldn't put it down but yet didn't want it to end.
Julia's performance was excellent. You could always tell which character she was being.
Just sitting on the edge of my chair.
I really enjoyed this story...and I've read or listened to at least 95% of Nora Roberts/JD Robb's books. I especially enjoyed the narrator's different characters...she truly captured the nuances of the region.
The plot was great. The narration was believable and authentic.
Yes! I kept looking over my shoulder in anticipation of the guys finding Abigail Lowey.
The Ozark and Russian dialects were believable.
The Witness -- Hiding in plain sight
Get this book!! Someone hurry up and make a movie!!!!!
I chose this book based on exceptional reviews and was disappointed. The story is predictable and I eventually lost interest... I hung in there until the bitter end and there were no surprises.
Yes, I will probably listen to it again. The storyline was so interesting.
The murder scene and escape.
Russian mafia bested by an all American girl.
This story was abysmal. The heroine in this book is so unrealistic, I couldn't understand why the writer made a supposedly exceptionally smart person so robotic and socially unaware. Additionally the 'romance' is juvenile and difficult to listen to and the 'tense' moments of the thriller are pretty boring and cookie cutter. All around fail. I haven't finished the book yet, but I'm honestly so bored and disgusted that I might give up.
If she's not reading a southern or male accent, possibly. It was an alright performance, I think the book itself made me dislike her more than her actual performance.
The characters were so real.
I enjoyed the different twists and turns in the story.
Abby tugged at my heart and yet I enjoyed strength and perseverence.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book
Yes. Julia Whelan has a great capacity for giving life to the characters while still allowing the reader-listener to paint their own mental picture.
Abigail. Julia works to build a character through inflection and cadence as much as the author did through word. She does a superb job.
This was a good book that totally captured me. Great story line and my first Nora Roberts book. I was very happy with it.
Elizabeth and Abigail
A Night That Shouldn't Have Happened
It was hard to hear a main character Brooks, a male, being voiced by what I'm sure was a female through most of the book. Yet it was a great - capturing, thrilling story that I really enjoyed and got passed that.
"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.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
If you want an easy read this book is for you. Enjoyable and believable.
"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
"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
"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
I am writing this review in the moments after the book has finished. I loved it, the characters, the twists and turns of the storyline. It was a fantastic listen/read. How will I cope with it being over?
Julia Whelan's narration was fantastic. Such a versatile voice, she captured perfectly each of the wide range of chacters.
At the end, I felt full of emotion. The ending was perfect, but I'm not going to give it away.
If you like superbly written crime and romance, just buy it. It has the best of both.
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