The Witness – Nora Roberts

The WitnessTitle: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts
Published: Putnam Adult, April 2012
Source: bought a copy
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Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems — and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something — and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today’s most reliably entertaining thriller — and will leave people hungering for more.

Captivating, with both humor and suspense, The Witness  brings us the story of Elizabeth, who must rely on her instincts and skills to stay ahead of the bad guys and keep a low profile in the small town where she resides.

Almost the whole first quarter of the book was about Elizabeth when she was sixteen years old.  She had a controlling mother and when she took a stand against her mother, things spiraled in an unexpected direction.  There wasn’t a lot she could rely upon and she did what she could to stay alive.  She adopted a nomadic lifestyle and she used her cyber skills to keep her safe.

This might sound like a somewhat familiar plot but I liked how things were handled in the story.

Elizabeth (aka Abigail) had an interesting personality and she made me laugh, cry, scowl, and bite my nails a lot while reading the book.  The way she spoke might seem unnatural to some but I personally found her style fitting, given her austere upbringing and uneasy circumstances.  Because she didn’t trust people in general, she had a huge dog named Bert on her property.  The amusing thing was she talked to Bert in French and Italian!

The romance between Elizabeth and Brooks was sizzling hot.  They’re really fun together and I liked that they both had the mind and heart to right the wrongs and help the innocence.

I also loved Brooks’ mother.  She was generous, caring and energetic and I liked how she helped Elizabeth feel welcome and at ease living in the small town where the locals were generally cordial but not exactly immune to gossips and pressures.

If you’re like me, who’ve been reading a lot of YAs and wanting to try something different, you may want to add this one to your read list.  This is from the Women’s Fiction section, so obviously the romance is adult.  But what I loved the most was that the suspense was believable here.  The story was tight and some of the subplots were just downright funny.  I’ve only started to dabble into reading Roberts’ work (the only other book that I read was Angels Fall) and if you’ve any recommendation, please comment below and let me know. Thanks a lot!


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  1. I really enjoyed this. It was one of Nora’s better stand alone books. Some of my other favorites are: High Noon, Northern Lights, The Search, Chasing Fire, Blue Smoke, and Birthright.

    Also, if her fairly recent Bridal Quartet was a beautifully written series of books about 4 women, friends since childhood, who own and operate a Wedding Planning company. Each woman is in charge of an aspect of the business and finds their own romance. It was a really great series, and they all wove together nicely.

  2. This is another Nora Roberts book i have to add to my TBR! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one 🙂

  3. I actually have this one on my TBR list so I was excited to come across your review. I’ve only read a handful of books by Nora Roberts (Angels Fall being one of them) and… my experience has been mediocre .-. I know a LOT of people love her books but something always seems to be missing when I read them. I enjoy them but at the same time, I never love them *sigh*

    I AM really glad to see you enjoyed this one though! 😀 It does sound like an incredibly fun read which is why I added it in the first place.

    Fantastic review, Henrietta!! 🙂
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    • Thank you, Rashika! I was in the library browsing her books and she has so many!! And her earlier work seems cheesy. I borrowed The Circle Trilogy as the books sound very entertaining (with time travel and vampires).

  4. Lovely review, Henrietta! I’ve only seen a couple of Nora Roberts movies, but I do love romantic suspense so I should give this a go seeing as you enjoyed the mix of of humor suspense and sizzling romance. 🙂
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  5. This book sounds like it is so much fun, I just love the sound of the dog and Elizabeth being hilarious. Lovely review Henrietta as always!
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  6. Yay I can comment! Hehe! I know what you mean though, because I read so much YA that I can always get to read something different. Nora Roberts is very popular at my work and I’ve heard very good things about her work. Abigail or Elizabeth sounds like a very head-strong type character and I one I’d be very interested to read. Great review, Henrietta! 🙂
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    • Yes, she is head-strong. And from what I’ve come to notice, the work of Nora Roberts is very popular in Canada. I’m so happy that you can now comment!! Thanks for stopping by, Emma. 🙂

  7. The hot romance and chemistry sounds great to go along with the suspense.

  8. The romance sounds wonderful, and I could use an adult book. 🙂 Great review Henrietta!
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  9. ooh i haven’t heard of this series before but the romance sounds really promising! glad you enjoyed this, henrietta.

    great review <33
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