The Witness

The Witness

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by Nora Roberts

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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

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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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Twelve years ago, a young woman named Elizabeth went wild for just one night, and, eventually, tipsy and confused, wound up at the house of a man with a Russian accent. Now, obsessed with keeping her secret, she lives under an assumed name in a remote part of the Ozarks. Her intelligence and secretiveness have captured the attention of local police chief Brooks Gleason, who begins to wonder whether this quiet, attractive programmer might be harboring a dangerous secret. Once again, Nora Roberts snags our attention with a standalone novel of intense romantic suspense.

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Acclaim for Nora Roberts’s 200th Novel The Witness:

“Roberts’ answer to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Roberts is unrivaled, and her latest addictively readable novel is guaranteed to jangle readers’ nerves and keep them enthralled long past bedtime.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Taut, riveting drama that’s guaranteed to keep the adrenaline flowing. Another memorable page-turner from Roberts’s consistently remarkable pen.”—Library Journal

“One of Roberts's cleverest heroines yet, this intricately dramatic book only confirms that Roberts is a master of the genre.”—Publishers Weekly

“Legendary.”—Wall Street Journal

“Nora Roberts has done it again, proving once more that she is reigns supreme.”—

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The Witness (Gunsmith Series #131) 4.3 out of 5 based on 6 ratings. 761 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like most of Nora Roberts books but this is a great read! I read it as quickly as I could because I liked the characters and dialog. Of course, I wanted the happy ending. I have read Nora Roberts books since she started publishing them. But I am really pleased at how strong her women characters are.
JaxPat1 More than 1 year ago
I admit to being a diehard Nora Roberts fan so I always assume I'll like a book she writes. This one is going to the top of my list as an all-time favorite. The characters were great and I enjoyed seeing them develop. Got to love a man who can love a strong woman!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora's books tend to be excellent, and this one did not disappoint. The romance was a bit quieter than in some of her books, but that was in keeping with the characters. I was especially moved by Abigail's realizations about the nature of love, and what it means to be part of a relationship. I started the book last night, intending to read for about an hour, but ended up finishing the book-- it was engrossing enough that I didn't notice the passing of time!
simple344 More than 1 year ago
I've read many books by this author, so naturally had to get the next book. It did not disappoint!
Avid_ReaderLL More than 1 year ago
This book was great! I do love her romantic suspense stories like this one. Reminds me a little of Angel's Fall. Loved the story and the different dynamics of the characters. This was a really satisfying book - great romance, great mystery, great conclusion. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but every time Abigail spoke, I kept picturing Amy Farrah Fowler from Big Bang Theory. It put a unique twist on the story.
PeruvianPrincess More than 1 year ago
I have read everything written by Nora Roberts and love her style. The book flows and I read it in a matter of two nights. I love the characters but I admit that I miss her earlier style where there is more suspense and a bit more emotional highs and lows. Lately her books seem to get you on that heightened emotional state early and then the intensity plateaus until the end, which is a bit anticlimactic for this author. Still, love her books and will continue to read them and hoping for a bit more excitement.
lg22 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I bought the audio book and the narrator was also good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one weaves a more believable tale than Ms. Roberts. Engaging, at times fast paced, highly charged and moving. I loved this book!
Greenlea More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be highly entertaining, the plot was not predictable and it was easy flowing. Abigail was a loveable character and one of which I could relate to. Three dimensional characters and overall great dialogue. I definitely will recommend this for anyone who loves a great book and especially if you are a fan of Nora's. Loved it!
Voraciousreader56 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books by Nora Roberts in a long time. The character, Abigail, is really out of the norm for one of Roberts' books. A lot of Roberts' strong female characters sound like Eve Dallas. Abigail is tough, but her dialogue seems completely true and honest for a very intellectual woman. I loved the way she plotted her revenge and how she found justice for her friends without risking her new identity. Bravo, Ms. Roberts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like Nora's books you are going to love Witness. If you never read Nora's books then this is the one to read, you'll be hooked on all of her books just like I am.
Angel_Beacon More than 1 year ago
THE WITNESS is fast-paced, hard hitting and even harder to put down. Need to a lot enough time for it because it’s huge. Interesting, fully developed characters such as a social retard genius in the midst of small town, down to earth populous and always the bad guys round out the cast. Suspenseful plot-twists kept my nose in the book barely pausing to make a quick bathroom visit. I like this much better than the wedding series that I found quite “Ho hum”. This is one you should have no regrets having read it.
nje7o7 More than 1 year ago
I have read almost all of Nora Robert and J.D. Robb's books and I can truly say that this book is one of the best I have ever read! This book is a Murder/Crime, Romance and Comedy!! You can't find this type of book very often and if you do, it a treasure! I am so sad that it's over!! This book is 406 pages and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN, I finished it in a day and a half! Ha. I wish it could have gone on forever..or at least a novella to give a little up date.  There's always hope! ;) h
kate333 More than 1 year ago
I love Nora Robert's books and this one did not disappoint.. I actually bought the audio version and could not get over how believable the characters were. Elizabeth/Abigal's voice sounds just like her character should, I don't know if I would have felt the same way about her if i had read the book instead of listening to it?.? If you're looking for high suspense and lots of action this isn't the Nora Roberts book for you....stick with Eve and Rourke if you want action, but it was an excellent and believable love story without being sappy (if you know what I mean). Excellent book!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nora Roberts is a fabulous story teller. You cannot go wrong with this book. It kept me turning pages late into the night. definitely recommend this book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been reading Roberts books for years, and have always gotten the new releases, but now I'll just be waiting for the paperback books to come out. Her books are getting to be the same thing over and over again, just different characters and situations. This had a good storyline, and it could have been better, if Roberts had spent more time on it. She has so much going on with her different series (will always buy hardcover, just released JD Robb books), that she's neglecting the book she's currently working on. This story didn't have any action, which was kind of expected at the end. Big let down, the ending. And the male lead character is so unbelievable, with how quickly he wants a relationship. A happy love story, but pretty much 'Same old, Same old'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book. Was slightly disappointed at the end, but overall good book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not one of her best. Started off good but sorta fell flat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really don't know where to begin regarding everything I found annoying about this book. I bought it, expecting high suspense, likeable characters, a little realistic romance....a flowing plot. It was none of these things. Frankly, if thisis typical of Nora Roberts, I can't say I'd want to read another one. It started out semi-interesting...then lapsed into full-fledged ridiculous. It was tiring to read of something happening, only to read it retold from one character to another. That got old and it happened quite a bit in the nook. And there sure were a lot of random, unnecessary characters!! I also don't get why we, the readers, should be expected to enjoy the romance of Liz/Abigail with Brooks when he was nothing short of uncharmingly pushy, as was his mother. If you really must read, get it free from the library. Save yourself the money. I wish I had.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Usually, if I like a book, I will give it four stars, but only a few can earn that last star. This was one of them! I began not particularly liking the hero but in the end, he was just what Elizabeth needed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very interesting story with a good ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I needed a book to enjoy, one that I could turn off my brain and just be entertained. Witness was that book. It was engaging, fun and edgy. You will fall for many of the characters, even if they only appear for a short while.
TaG1970 More than 1 year ago
Reviews are a tough thing; I have read books with 4-5 stars and yet there were those out there that would not recommend it if their life depended on it. My suggestion, Read the summary and decide for yourself. This book has mystery & romance, made me laugh & cry. I enjoyed it and would recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I look for Roberts' hard covers to be more hard-edged; this read ,to me, more like a Harlequin romance novel. Well written of course, but not what I expected.