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.
There was a good pace set and interesting plot.
The idea of a young woman taking down a Russian mob
Her look after shampoo and dye job.
They messed with the wrong geek.
Julia Whelan did a marvelous job of performing all of the characters. I absolutely loved the way she portrayed Abigail. I enjoyied the book more because of her ability to add such perfect inflections and mannerisms to the character that I would have missed out on had I been reading rather than listening to the book.
Often in books, characters who are supposed to be intelligent do obviously stupid things just so the plot can progress, I really appreciated that the author didn't find that necessary in this book.
Good thriller becomes a bit of a romance novel for about 20 pages in the middle. Good thriller anyway. Highly enjoyable. Looked for another, but it's not a series. :(
Engaging, dreamy, Striking
The history of the characters, you didn't have to guess, all the questions were answered. That's always great. Sometimes you need more, this was everything I needed in one book.
Abigal was my favorite, but I enjoyed all of the characters. I will definitely look for other performances by this narrator.
I was emotionally attached to this book from chapter one. Some books are not very engaging in the beginning they have to get there. Not The Witness, it covered all grounds and had me from the start.
This was my first Nora Roberts book. I read a lot of reviews before selecting this novel, I will go back and listen to or read some of her earlier works based on my satisfaction with this book.
I was engaged and absorbed from the get-go.
thrilling, heart warming
Liz as a person
She didn't know who she was, she didn't get a chance as a child well she ever?
Fab narration and always great story!
Am now 80 and been avid reader since childhood. Have 3 children, 7 grandchildren. Narrated Talking Books for Vision Australia 35 yrs.
I have never been a Nora Roberts fan as I like my mysteries and murders without any in depth sexual descriptions. No, I'm not an old prude, just want the facts and interesting storyline thanks. BUT Ms Whelan's narration totally won me over. So much so I wanted my 81 yesr old husband to listen to the main male character's sympathetic, understanding and sm-o-o-th technique. In yer dreams!
I chose the book because of its ratings and was not disappointed but have browsed through the author's other books in the library and know I wouldn't relish reading them to myself. Such is the joy of audiobooks.
16 hours long and I still wanted more! The story is great, particularly the first part of the book before it jumps to current day. The narrator was superb! Great variation in voices and all pleasant to listen to. You knew which character was speaking just by her various voices. I have read a lot of Nora Roberts books but have never enjoyed one more than this one. You can't miss with this one!
This book gets you hooked quickly for you the main character is easy to love - very believable. She gets herself into a situation after making a youthful poor decision similar to one that most of us have made at least once in our lives. The story then travels with her through the next ten years. Each person along the way is enjoyable....believable. It's modern without being foolish. The characters talk with recognizable language using words that we all use. Best of all this book ends well. I would be thrilled if this is the first of a series and will be happy if it's not.
I am not a fan of this type of book normally. Generally after I get interested and involved along will come a character or situation so unbelievable that it ruins the rest of the book for me. Not this book. It was well thought out, characters and situations true. No silly accents or trite comments. I loved it. I certainly will be checking out other books by this author in the future....and after a quick glance, I see I have a long list to choose from.
OHHHH Yes, the plot is gripping. I enjoyed how the author has several different plots going on throughout the entire bookstarting and beginning throughout the entire book that keep you wondering how a number of situations will turn out all throughout the book at many different points.
Excellent. Her voice was very well matched with the main character and she read each character with the perfect inflection. I even enjoyed her foreign voices. The last three books I listened to have had just awful narration. I think if I had gotten one more poorly narrated book that I would have handed Audible my cancelation notice. Julia Whelan restored my faith in Audible and I will also be looking for books read by her as well.
Not wanting to give away too much... the most enjoyable parts for me was watching the progression of love.
This was a very enjoyable sixteen hours. It's quite the value actually, for after that time investment, I feel enriched by the time spent.
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