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.
As always Nora Roberts is an author that gives you a story that keeps you totally glued on the characters as well, as the story line. Each story is written, I think, to allow the reader to have a part in that story, as well, as the characters.
People who like Twight or other teenage targeted books.
This book is written abouy 210 IQ genius, However Roberts doesn't comprehend what it really means. Abigail is really an average southern home maker with sparks of useless trivial knowledge, unable to comprehend basic human interactions and repeats and bewilders about simplest everyday cocepts. It's a 3 hour story stretched into 16.
No one or no performance can save this poor storyline.
I made a mistake and trusted the 9000+ positive reviews on this book, It seems like I read a different book than others. My IQ is not 210, ai don't know anyone in person who is. However I find it difficult to see how a rich kid raised in Chicago by a neurosurgeon is now drooling over a bunch of rednecks in deep south. Roberts has no idea how a smart brain works, what does it take to be a hacker, ....
My favorite way to get my reading fix when I am on the move
I have listened tot he Witness three times and will listen to again and again. Nora Roberts really did some of her best work on this book.
Elizabeth (Liz, Abigail) was one of the best characters (if not the best) I have ever followed. She was so well developed and even though she was a genius and faced overwhelming obstacles to having a normal life she was believable and relatable.
The narration was great. Each character was clearly identifiable. I don't recall listening to Julia Whelan's narrations before but she did a fantastic job in the Witness. I will definitely look for other books she narrates.
I became so enthralled in the life of Liz that I cried for her and laughed with her. I even felt her fear and apprehension as she found acceptance and love. My reactions to all of the characters was real, strong and sometimes exhausting.
I thought The Witness was very entertaining! Although the main character is a bit annoying, I still enjoyed the book. I was very engaged in the story and it definitely kept me awake on my long daily commutes. I would even sit in my car after parking to listen to a little more. I thought the reader was also excellent. She did a great job reading the different voices. It was easy to distinguish the characters. I would highly recommend this book.
This is my first book by Nora Roberts, and I am pleased with my discovery. I find that the narrator will make or break the book. Julia has become one of my favourite. This is well worth it. will leave you, Good and relaxed.
I absolutely loved this book. I've repeated it multiple times and I never get tired of hearing it or reading it again. it has action, lo ve, suspense. definitely one of my top 5 books.
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