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.
At the end my feeling was: not a wow, but very fulfilling.
I’ve read 13 books by Nora Roberts. I was averaging 3 ½ stars for her books written in the 1990s. But then I gave 4 ½ stars to Angels Fall (2006) and now to this (published 2012). Is she getting better? I’m surprised. Too many authors seem to tire out or write repeats of the same stuff after a while. Not Ms. Roberts. Maybe I’ve been picking the wrong books to read. But now, I’m going to look for more.
The best part was “the characters.” I was sooo drawn to Liz/Abigail. A favorite trope for me is a smart woman, who overcomes odds, and is not a helpless victim. I loved her vulnerabilities and her strengths. I liked reading about her, thinking about her, and listening to her. I pictured the author losing herself in the character Liz, to come up with such fitting dialogue. Brooks was so fun. He was oblivious to her walls. He just kept pursuing her, chipping away at her walls.
This story has wonderful relationship development. It has good guys doing smart things to outwit bad guys. Bad guys do smart things too. I like that the author did not use stupidity. Instead the author had a character’s personality with weaknesses cause conflict, not just doing something stupid.
The narrator Julia Whelan was very good.
Genre: romantic suspense
Good story and lots of tension. If you are someone more accustomed to conventional thrillers, you'll need to reconcile yourself to knowing in more detail what people are wearing.
I don't think I ever read a Nora Roberts novel before and skimming some of the other titles at the bookstore I'm thinking (as some have said) that this is a bit different. Glad I enjoyed it.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
The one time Abigail balks and decides to be a normal teenager her actions leads her to a life changing tragedy.
With her genius IQ, she is able to escape from everyone and build a life for herself, despite being pursued for years. She isn't able to trust anyone because someone in the FBI is on the take.
Things do come to a head but the ending is so surprising. I love Nora Roberts stories, but this one is simply inspiring.
Have always loved NR's books but her recent titles are starting to have similar characters and plot lines. The main characters in The Witness are very similar to the main characters in Angel's Falls (eccentric heroine falls in love with local law enforcement officer). Overall enjoyed the story line and unexpected ending. My favorite character is Bert now I want a Mastiff! Julia Whelan did a wondeful job of bringing the characters to life.The Witness is definitely worth purchasing.
I have been reading Nora Roberts for years, and will even re-read some of her books. This is one of the better one's that she has wrote. I liked the reader as well. She was great. I just finished this and it was very hard to put it down. I kept staying up way past my bed time to continue listening. Thanks Nora for another good one, I will enjoy re-reading.
This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!
So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I REALLY enjoyed this book. It was an extremely well written story. I was reluctant to buy this book because I thought Roberts was only an author of romance books, but this was a great story with a lot of drama that kept pulling me through.
I also loved the narrator, Julia Whelan. I first heard her in Gone Girl, where I thought she was amazing as well.
I would highly recommend this book.
Original Audible member since before the Amazon buyout, and that is ok with me. I enjoy all things Amazon. Audio books make the day fly by.
I am GOING to listen to "The Witness" again. At my age, I can safely hide my own Easter eggs, so my library of audio books is like new again in a few months. This is exactly the kind of a novel I relish listening to several times . . . . much like Grisham's "The Testament" or Richard North Patterson's "Exile" . . . . so much character development along with an engaging story line that it will be revisited again soon.
I loved the scene in the middle of the night when the boys who trashed the old hotel suite came to Abigail's place to vandalize Chief Gleason's car. The alarms alerted Abigail and Brooks of course, so the Chief went out to confront the perps. Abigail also came out a bit later, and showed her tough side in some witty dialogue.
She was believable in her narration and did not try too hard to dramatize. Her selection of voice inflections for the characters was just right.
The romantic interludes were so very well done . . . . very tender with just the right amount of descriptive text and build up.
I did switch the book off in the first hour. I was not sure I wanted to hear about a couple of teenaged girls being taken advantage of by the Russian bad guys. Two days later, I resumed and wow, what a quick turn it took. I became totally engaged in the story, and relished each new character as they were introduced. This was my first Nora Roberts and I enjoyed it very much. It truly has something for everyone, man or woman.
The basic plot: a 16 year-old girl witnesses a Russian mob murder. The mob with FBI moles tries to kill her before the trial, and the girl must change her identity and hide in order to stay alive.This novel is equally a romance and a mystery/thriller. The plot is far-fetched, and the romance is even harder to believe. Elizabeth, the main character, was compared to Lisbeth of the Dragon Tattoo trilogy, in some reviews. Not even close. This Elizabeth is a genius who has led a totally sheltered life and clearly has a touch of Asperger's Syndrome. She is predictable and not especially interesting. Why Brooks, the police chief, falls in love with her is a mystery. I am also disappointed that none of the reviewers said that this was written by a women and was clearly meant for a female audience. With all these criticisms, why did I rated this a 4 star novel? With the exception of a 2-3 hour lapse near the middle, the plot moves forward quickly and is an engaging and fun one. I liked the Brooks character as well as many of the minor characters in this novel. I eventually got used to Elizabeth and found myself rooting for her to take down the mob and lead a normal life. I am a middle aged man, and was a bit embarrassed by the sappy, predictable romance which seemed clearly written for women. I almost gave up on this halfway through, when the romance dominated the book. And then the action resumed, and I suspended belief and did enjoy listening to this quite fun story. It felt like a bit of a guilty pleasure given all that was wrong with this book, but I found myself swept away with the story for almost the whole second half. The excellent reader and the really fun second half of the novel got me to bump up the 3.5 star novel to a 4 overall. If you want a woman's romance, too, you might like this even more than I did.
An unexpected surprise! I purchased this book on sale and had no idea it would be this good! Would read it over and over again!
"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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