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The Witness by Nora Roberts

The Witness (edition 2012)

by Nora Roberts

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Title:The Witness
Authors:Nora Roberts
Info:Putnam Adult (2012), Edition: First Edition first Printing, Hardcover, 496 pages
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This sure was a page-turner. Nora Roberts is an excellent storyteller and when I need a break from thinking too hard about something- work, project, whatever- she's good to read. I found, however, no romance à la Roberts in this and rightfully so. I picked it up as a crime story but somehow got plopped suddenly into a sort of falsified romancing. I found neither of the protagonists believable as regards to their "feelings" nor was their any build-up. Let's face it- if Abigail hadn't come back to apologize for whatever it was at the start of the book, there would not have been the future story. Complicated and contrived all around, including the ending. ( )
  HugoReads | May 16, 2017 |
Excellent book about love and trust. ( )
  soosthemoose | Mar 25, 2017 |
The Witness
4 Stars

Following one night of teenage rebellion against her controlling mother, Elizabeth Fitch's life changes forever. As the only witness to a bloody crime, Elizabeth must run for her life. Twelve years later, living as a recluse in a small town in the Ozarks, Abigail Lowrey has finally found some peace and quiet, or so she thinks, as tenacious police chief, Brooks Gleason, has decided to make it his mission in life to get under Abigail's skin and learn all her secrets.

Note: This review may contain ***SPOILERS***. Please do not read ahead if you don't want to know what happens.

Excellent premise, good execution, however, it left me vaguely disappointed.

Let's get my biggest peeve out of the way right off the bat. A great deal of poetic license is taken with WITSEC (the Witness Protection Program), an organization famous for NEVER losing a witness. Suddenly, we have not one but three corrupt agents and a witness losing their life - I don't think so!

Whew! It was good to get that off my chest.

Nora is a undoubtedly a wonderful storyteller and her skill at building gripping tension and suspense is very evident here. Nevertheless, the resolution to this tension fails to materialize. There is much detail put into Abigail's elaborate security system, which is never put to the test, and her huge bullmastiff never gets to tear anyone's throat out - very disappointing.

I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the Russian hitman to turn up on Abigail's doorstep but, unfortunately, he never does and she doesn't get to blow anyone away. In addition, given the few scenes told from Ilya and Sergei's POVs, it is a pity that there is no follow up to their comeuppance.

On a more positive note, Nora's characters, as always, are very endearing, especially Elizabeth/Abigail. She is definitely an original - quirky, nerdy and tactless to the extreme. Her personality is reminiscent of Temperance Brennan on Bones but unlike some reviewers I do not view this as plagiarism. Elizabeth's background and behavior is very unlike Tempe's (I cannot see Brennan hiding anywhere for 12 years).

Brooks is a typical Nora hero and while he is amazing, I do wish Nora would shake things up a little. He is almost too perfect - too understanding, too sympathetic, too patient - there is no conflict to his and Abigail's relationship, which makes it somewhat bland.

The writing is solid and the secondary plot lines add to characterization although they do not mesh well with the larger story. Happily, the dialogue is laugh out loud funny at times. So, all in all, an entertaining read and one I prefer over Nora's more recent works - namely Chasing Fire and The Bride Quartet.

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  Lauren2013 | Nov 19, 2016 |
I'm not a big romance reader so don't read much by Nora Roberts, but this book was supposed to be more mystery/thriller than romance, and it sounded like ti would be good. And it was, to an extent.

The protagonist was a little too much caricature, and the plot was somewhat predictable. For my tastes, there was too much romance and not enough thriller. Also, the protagonist, who was supposed to be very independent and hated being treated as weak, thought, “She could belong to the man sleeping beside her...” and she meant this as a positive thing. A strong, independent woman wanting to BELONG to someone – gimme a break.

I listened to an unabridged Audible version, and was somewhat dismayed when the narrator pronounced buffalo as boofalo. Is this some alternate pronunciation I'm not familiar with?

This book is reasonable entertainment, but that's about as far as it goes. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Oct 9, 2016 |
What happens when you are a witness to a murder? What happens when the murderer is a Russian mob enforcer/executioner? Can there be safety while you are on the run from the mob? Is there safety if you are placed in witness protection? These are just few of the questions that are answered in this romantic tale of being targeted by by the Russian mob. Of, wanting to have a life free of fear. ( )
  Bettesbooks | Jul 26, 2016 |
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Whelan, JuliaReadermain authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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
author—and will leave people hungering for more.

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"A brand new novel--and a stunning new heroine--from the #1 New York Times bestselling author"--

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