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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.

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  • Fredric
  • Degerfors, Sweden
  • 09-20-16

All one can wish for!

This is one of my favourite NR book. Julia Whelan does an exceptional narration.

If you liked "The Collector" or "The Search" I think you will enjoy this one as well. Haven't read all of these? Do it! You are in for a treat.

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Excellent

Excellent book and writing. I could hardly put it down! My first Nora Robert's novel.

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great book

good book. makes you laugh out loud in parts. story draws you in. endearing characters

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ROBERTS IS AMAZING

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This is my first Nora Roberts novel, and I do have to say it was fantastic. Elizabeth in this book reminds me of Bones from the show Bones. She is so intelligent, yet cannot decipher sarcasm from reality. She is awesome.

Elizabeth witnesses the murder of her friend and the man they went out drinking with get murdered. She ran away from the scene and called 911. She was put right into protective custody. While in protective custody, she becomes very close with one of the Marshall's in charge of watching over her. Elizabeth has an eidetic memory (a.k.a. photographic memory). She remembers every detail of the night of the murder. Every word said, every face, every name, everything. Being the Key witness in the murder has put her right on the Russian Mafia's hit list.

When in the safe house, Elizabeth has her first "real birthday" ever. Her Marshall's brought her a cake and gifts. When Elizabeth goes to change, her world is turned upside down again.

Soon we meet Abigail Lowery. She is a quiet woman, in a small town. She is a freelance programmer and likes her quiet life. She prefers to be along, and has a top notch surveillance system.

The Sheriff of the town is quite intrigued by this quiet girl who only comes to town for groceries, and then retreats right back to her home. No one really knows her, but Brooks hopes to change that.

Little by little Brooks breaks Abigail's walls down and they get closer. This is when the book get interesting. Like even more interesting. When they finally form a relationship, Brooks and Abagail become a team.

We learn more and more about Abigail and more about the this little town she has been living in. She has come to love it.

It only gets better and better the more you read in this book. Roberts is a fantastic author. Her characters are awesome, and so complex. She makes you love and hate them very well. You will love getting lost in this story.

Source: I bought this book for myself. I was not compensated in any way for this review. These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.

Content: There is language and a few sex scenes that are descriptive.

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Great book

This is my very favorite book ever, the narrator was excellent and since I have read or listen to 90% of Nora Roberts books I do believe this book to be her best.

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Did not expect to enjoy this but did

I had low expectations especially with the beginning chapters but the twists of the story and the apparent resilience of the lead female character made it much more enjoyable.

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This will keep your attention

My first book by Nora Roberts. I enjoyed the story, the narrator, and the characters. It kept the interest to the very end. I felt it worth my time and money to enjoy.

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Amazing

What did you love best about The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]?

Listening to this Book was like watching a good lifetime movie on a Sunday afternoon!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brooks was definitely my favorite. So charming, caring and persistent.

What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

She was brilliant and definitely made this story come to life. Not one character sounded the same. Great performance

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This is one that definitely made me laugh and cry. This is my favorite book so far.

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Highly recommend this book!

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  • Jayne
  • CARMICHAEL, CA, United States
  • 09-10-16

Could not put it down!

Charming, Comical, Suspenseful, and Interesting. Enjoyed every minute. Will be reading more of Nora Roberts!

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Narrative made this excellent book outstanding

The performance was the best I've ever heard. excellent listening experience. Wish all Nora books had this narrator.