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.
yes. good storyline. could not stop listening.
kept guessing when the main charector would tell her friends about her life.
With almost 800 books in my library, I am an experienced listener. I appreciate a well written good story. I am pretty critical of trash.
My headline says it all - almost. for dummies and the romantically needy. It seemed like a smart idea to ride the wave of the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, for sales,I guess????
I have a couple of comments that are more constructive. I think the reader is good, however the voice of Abigail never grows out of being sixteen. It is quite implausible with her character. I don't get a serious LIsbeth Salander wannabe with a childish voice. The author did a fair job with her story, but I think it fell down at the end. Everything was wrapped up too quickly and I felt let down with the trite and true. I think if you like Nora Roberts then you will be happy. I have never read her before and probably will not again.
This is my first Nora Roberts book and what a fantastic book to start with. The story line was so interesting...a very strong female character who could take care of herself despite being served all the odds. Elizabeth/ Abigail is smart, clever, logical. The man she meets, Brooks, is a patient, kind, loving man who understands how to help her come out of her shell.
The voice reader for the book was also very good. I couldn't wait to get in the car every morning and afternoon to continue the story.
The story was engaging and entertaining - the charactres were likable - the story had a good flow.
love Nora Roberts! Not all her books show her amazing writing talent. I loved this book, loved the narrator! Could not recommend it more highly!!!!
I stopped reading books by Nora Roberts because I didn't like the route she took. Her books became much less interesting to me so I just gave up. I decided to try this book and I enjoyed it very much. I ended up looking for reasons to have time to listen to it.
I enjoyed the narrator as well.
Reading is my greatest pleasure and I read for entertainment. Mystery, suspense and romance are my picks.
Yes, it was a great story and all of its twists and turns made it hard to put down.
As always with Norah Roberts, the plot is full of little side roads that makes you want to continue on and on. It wa sso very hard to find a stopping point.
When she finally told her story to the sheriff
When the mom got her new dog
It was a great read. I like happy endings and for me, reading is an escape from the day to day toils of life. I want entertainment. I don't want to have to look for hidden meanings and symbolism. I want to just enjoy a good story that holds my attention. And this one did!
engaging, memorable, amazing dog
Yes---the girl had a stong mind of her own--didn't know if she'd ever let the guy in---and how could even HE (a sheriff) keep her safe (incredibly clever ending)
I loved when he she asked him if he loved her and he answered by holding her tightly--then she asked him again and he said if he had to show her again---would the dog send him to the hospital?
yes--hard to put down---but too long for one sitting.
Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.
I fell in love with every character right down to the dog! Great story! Good mystery with a nice romantic story tied in. I cheered for the main character to overcome everything! I laughed out loud at times and was sitting on the edge of my seat at other parts. Great narrator! I defy you to find one bad thing about this book! Put it on your summer reading list! One of Nora Robert's BEST!
The audio edition was quite good
The premise of young innocent genius girl becoming a cautious, paranoid woman was very interesting, I enjoyed watching her character develop.
The main character, Abigail, aka Liz
When John, the policeman, told young Liz to go and stayed to help her get away
"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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