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.
I rarely listen to a book more than once, but this one may be the exception. I like ALL of Nora Roberts books, but this has got to be my new Nora favorite. Wow, she put it all together.
I listen to several hundred books a year, so I was glad when I saw this one was over 16 hours. Not once was I ready for it to end----not even when it actually did! I am stingy with strong praise but this book gets mine. Romance, bad guys/good guys, gun fights, female brains---this book has it all. I don't think many men would enjoy it as much as women will. It is more chick lit than general fiction, but a very good book.
great story a real winner couldn't put the book down
a great combination of mystery and love
Great story! Great characters. Classic Nora. This one goes in the list of her best.
Not really. Edge of the seat is for a writer who doesn't hesitate to kill off a main character. That's not Nora. The suspense is like a old friend. I can enjoy its company because I don't expect it to sneak up and leave a bloody mess. Everything always works out in the end.
Not sure if I've heard Julia before.
I wasn't certain of her delivery at first. Seemed a little over the top. I was soon caught up in the story and enjoyed her performance quite a bit.
Yes, but life goes on and I couldn't shut out the world entirely for that many hours.
I wanted Burt to have his moment. There's was so much detail on the security surrounding Abigail's house and Burt's training that I was disappointed not to have a showdown there on the property. I was sad for Burt that he didn't get to bite out anyone's throat and protect Abigail.
I wondered if Burt was a leftover from 'The Search'. Big action from a dog may have been too close to that story.
Good dog, Burt.
What a great book. The characters were well drawn, and I fell in love with Elizabeth, Abigail and Brooks. The plot held my interest. I loved the way Nora Roberts nailed the southern way of life and idioms.
I thought the plot was well thought out and it really held my interest. Of course I knew that Nora Roberts' books ended "happily ever after", but I didn't really expect several of the plot twists and the ending.
My favorite scene was when Abigail told her story to Brooks. I think that the author and the narrator handled the characters emotions well.
I really enjoyed the whole book.
Of all of Nora Roberts' recent books, this is my favorite.
I think I had just about given up on Nora Roberts. I don't like her "In Death" work and hadn't read anything of hers that was really great in quite a while. HOWEVER! The Witness did not disappoint. I would put it up there with Blue Smoke, Northern lights and Angel Falls. Great characters, great dialog, great suspense. I'll definitely listen to this one again! YAY Nora! Oh, and fabulous narration! Yay Julia!
There were enough twists and turns in this story to keep it interesting moving right along. A very good story.
One of the most memorable moments in the story was when Eliz was 'shot' after testifying at the trial near the end of the story.
Julia does a really good job with the reading of the story. She has just the right 'stuff' when she reads it.
The most moving portion of the story was the cold way Eliz's mom conceived her and was rearing her. I enjoyed Eliz's character and her 'grit' when she came face to face with some pretty horrific events and was able to move on to what she wanted to do with her life.
Ms. Roberts has been improving with her story development for several years. She really has become an excellent story teller. Her character development has improved as much as has her twists and turns in her stories. Good work.
Great storyline with good characters - would like to have seen the mother receive her comeupance and a few more details in the time Liz/Abigail was hiding from ages 17 to 28.
Totally addicted to Audible.
I almost did not get this book because I wanted something more suspenseful than just a lot of romantic fluff but it was a great buy. The heroine was so strong and so resourceful. The hero was so normal yet courageous. And the plot was almost believable - no supernatural or far-out storyline - just very normal people living in a normal town, facing real enemies and making hard choices. Give us more of this type story Nora!
I liked the suspense of the story. They characters were likable. Abigail reminded me of Dr. Temperance Brennan from the TV show Bones (which is one of my favorite shows). Brooks was a fun and understanding character. Their relationship was fun to watch grow and develop.
I enjoy listen to this book but like most Nora Roberts book I wish she would keep telling the story after the conclusion of the story. This is one of my favorites of hers.
PLOT : UNDERAGE Elizabeth first time to a party has her witness a Russian Mob hit.
12 years later Abigil is living in the Ozarks and is a top notch security expert. Complete with huge guard dog, cameras and hand guns. Local Law officer Brooks Gleason becomes suspicious of Abigail when he spots a gun hidden under her shirt. The mysterious woman takes his interest with her recusive life style. Abigail is a genis with an IQ of over 200. Raised by a gifted beautiful mother who controlled her every move. Elizabeth /Abigail is now living in seclusion in the Ozarks. The Russian Mob still looking for her she hides with a new ID and job using her own security expert skills to stay alive. Soon reclusive Abigail is finding the new joys of living and loving as an adult though her encounters with new love Brooks. This one of Roberts most facinating heroines. We watch Abigail boom and learn about life as an adult. Excellent reader and this story movies along very well. and you will be glued to the very end.
"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
Love the jd robb series and this was just as good. Human interest with suspense thrown in.
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