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 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.
An absorbing plot with intriguing twists and turns. The narrator was outstanding, and her character interpretation was convincing and consistent. The main character, Elizabeth Fitch, is an anomaly, as is her mother. Although imagining a real-life Elizabeth, a.k.a. Abigail, is a stretch, the story line is believable enough to keep my interest. The biggest surprise is the ending - a very satisfying ending it is.
My first Nora Roberts book and what a great surprise! Purchased on sale and so glad I did! Maybe a few parts to the story line where you really had to stretch your faith that it would all be possible, but it was well worth the listen. Julia Whelan did a superb job with the narration and managed to give each character a very distinct voice and personality. Not all narrators have this skill developed as well as Julia. I will definitely select more Nora Roberts in the future and Julia Whelan narrations as well! Would love to see this one developed into a film...
This book, at first, confused me, since it starts out in the perspective of a 16 year old girl. A YA? For Nora? But no. This was Roberts' ingenious way of providing sufficient backstory for a very intriguing and multilayered heroine without interrupting the story flow.
Abigail Lowery is not who she seems. She lives a very solitary life in the Ozarks with her larger than life dog, Bert, security cameras dotting her property, and enough firearms to equip a small army. She's perfectly happy with her solitude, her work, her routine, until police chief Brooks Gleason takes a shine to her, and his curiosity is quickly replaced by emotion. Raw, true emotion. We've got the Russian mob, a wholesome hometown guy, and a woman's who's stark upbringing and overwhelming fear come clashing together with conflict to spare. But it all comes together, beautifully. Poetically.
I've read a lot of Nora, and in my opinion (up until now that is) reached her zenith with the Boonesboro series. But The Witness has changed my mind. A romance that defies all the templates. Suspense and drama and emotion beyond simple explanation. In my opinion, this is Nora's best work. And her narrator, Julia Whelan, did an outstanding job.
My only question is: when is the movie coming out?
I had hopes in the beginning. It seemed to drag after awhile. The main character was overly intelligent and in real life would be very dull to have a conversation with. There seemed to be too many little stories thrown in . I wish there could have been more suspense with the Russian mob toward the end. I also thought it corny she spoke French to the dog.
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