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 was the first Nora Roberts book I've read. I've heard praise for her books before, so I was curious. I found this book to be more romance novel than mystery or suspense. Definitely not a page turner, as the plot is predictable. The narration is irritating; even the male characters sound like lovestricken or overly emotional teenage girls. There's a definite Valley Girl echo behind each line of dialogue. Well, now that I've sampled Nora Roberts' writing, I can cross the rest of her books off my list.
I don't know if it really counts but the delivery of the line ".......You fuckin' fascinate me, Abigail. Why do you like my nose?" made me laugh quite a bit. I don't know why it stuck out to me but it did.
I'm still new to audiobooks in general so I haven't had the chance but she did an amazing job so full stars for her.
Okay so, when I first bought this, I was looking for some mystery drama with a little romance on the side to be mixed in. I was surprised when it turned out to not really be so much of a mystery but a romantic slice of life with the Russian Bratva drama mixed into it all (mostly in the beginning and the ending).
If you're buying this thinking you're going to get plot twists and layers of intrigue of mystery, then I'd say this isn't the book of you.
However, if you like some romantic slice of life about how one very private (and almost robotic at some points) woman learns to open up and learn to love with a little crime drama to spice things up then it might just be your cup of tea.
Regardless of whether it was what I was looking for or not, it was still a fun book to listen to with a good cast of characters. I've always been one to like romance books and find a lot of enjoyment and amusement with them. Along with that little warm feeling in your chest that you get with a happily ever after.
I will say that if I was going to critique the writing, I'd say Liz/Abigail and her accomplishments were all pretty far-fetched in how she could know so much on everything.
Silly as it is, the thing that stood out to me is when Liz/Abigail mentions she put together an extremely popular video game at one point for some big cash and while a lot of things were unrealistic (I mean it's a fictional story and you can't expect the author to know everything but still), it just struck me as both funny and a little.... I'm gonna say really ignorant of how much artwork and design goes into video games. That for one women who's a computer scientist with no art background to just go and throw one together on the side is just a really silly thought. I mean it's a fun one and was able to deliver a cute surprise to her love interest, but it makes me laugh because it really wouldn't have worked.
And now I've ranted about such a little thing to nitpick at and I'm done with that. It didn't take away from the reading/listening experience. It was a nice book and I enjoyed listening to it. I wouldn't put it towards any standard of a literary masterpiece or anything but not everything has to be masterfully written to be enjoyed.
So four stars for story because I did enjoy it and it was interesting, but I probably wouldn't recommend it to the really picky readers I know.
A fan from Alexandria, Virginia
Loved "The Witness"! The suspense was interesting and I love her small town setting. Another win for Nora!
Loved this book. Loved Abigail & all the Characters. This story would make a great movie. Julia Whelan is an excellent narrator. Very good knowing how Characters should sound, especially Abigail.
I have read or listened to many many of Nora Roberts books. This one by far was the best I've ever read. She outdid herself in the building of her characters and in the story. The narrator was one of the best driver ever had the pleasure of listening to. The inflections in her voice rings very true to all the characters. I was very sad when this book came to an end.I highly recommend this book. All of Nora Roberts writings are excellent, but this one, so far that I've read is the best.
things that make you "hmmm"
Julian Whalen goes such an excellent job with the voices of characters, and the inflection of feeling and drama at the right time! she is the best. story is really good also.
Great book, loved the characters and the twists in the story! Didn't want to put it down and felt sad when it was over.
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