The Witness

The Witness

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by Nora Roberts
     
 

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NORA ROBERTS' 200th BOOK!

In her stunning new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts proves why no one is better “when it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance" (Booklist, starred review).

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth

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NORA ROBERTS' 200th BOOK!

In her stunning new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts proves why no one is better “when it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance" (Booklist, starred review).

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch 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.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection 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 and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.

And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this powerful romantic suspense (Roberts's 200th novel, after Captivated), readers are introduced to a fascinating young woman trying to atone for a tragic act witnessed long ago. Though Elizabeth Fitch was a model daughter—a prodigy en route to med-school at 16-years-old—her dictatorial mother's "directives" cause Liz to rebel. After meeting some young members of the Russian mafia during the course of a wild night out, Liz witnesses a horrible murder, and is consequently placed in the Witness Protection Program. Twelve years later, when Liz settles on the outskirts of a sleepy Arkansas town as Abigail Lowery, chief of police Brooks Gleason is determined to find out from whence this reclusive newcomer came, and why. Though Abigail keeps to herself, she has been busily putting her hacking skills to use in plotting the downfall of the Volkov organized crime syndicate, whose ruthlessness changed her life. Unrelentingly kind, Brooks slowly breaks down the wall that Abigail has built around herself, and finds his work quickly ratcheted up from cuffing DUIs to helping Abigail find justice. Featuring one of Roberts's cleverest heroines yet, this intricately dramatic book only confirms that Roberts is a master of the genre. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
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.”—thenewstribune.com

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

“Addictively readable.”—Booklist (starred review)

“Legendary.”—The Wall Street Journal

“Nora Roberts has done it again, proving once more that she reigns supreme.”—The Evening Sun (Hanover, NH)

Kirkus Reviews
A young woman in hiding from the Russian mob faces a difficult decision when she falls in love with a cop. Abigail, 28, lives alone in the bucolic hamlet of Bickford, Ark., in an isolated house, fortified with firearms, a state-of-the-art alarm system and a vicious dog named Bert. When the town's genial police chief, Brooks, suspects Abigail is packing while shopping for gourmet groceries, his curiosity soon morphs into courtship. Although she finds herself drawn to Brooks and to his welcoming, bohemian family, Abigail dares not reveal that her real name is Liz—which is not the only way in which she appears to be Roberts' answer to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Gifted with an eidetic memory, an IQ over 200 and an affinity for cool, calculated mayhem, Liz/Abigail is a skilled hacker and a highly paid security consultant. In her spare time she investigates the Russian mob and the crooked federal agents who are responsible for her current predicament; whenever possible, she throws virtual monkey wrenches into the mob's Internet scams. When she witnesses an altercation between Brooks and the wastrel son of a local magnate, she's thrust back into the horror of the last time she witnessed a crime. At 16, rebelling against an unloving, controlling mother, Liz and a girlfriend, Julie, visited a Chicago nightclub run by the Russian Mafia, where Ilya, son of gang kingpin Sergei, and Alexi, a cousin, seduced them with Cosmos. Later, at Alexi's lakeside home, Liz was an unseen witness to a hit on Alexi by Sergei's enforcers, who also killed Julie. Managing to escape, Liz was forced to run again when two dirty FBI agents destroyed her safe house and murdered her guards. A person of interest to both the Feds and the mob, she's been on the lam for 12 years. Before they can marry, Brooks must help Liz come in from the cold. A promising start to a series, provided Roberts can flesh out her derivative heroine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425264768
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
04/02/2013
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
486,686
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher

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.”—thenewstribune.com

Meet the Author

Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. She is also the author of the bestselling In Death series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print. The Witness is Roberts’ two-hundredth book.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Keedysville, Maryland
Date of Birth:
1950
Place of Birth:
Silver Spring, Maryland
Website:
http://www.noraroberts.com/

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The Witness (Gunsmith Series #131) 4.3 out of 5 based on 9 ratings. 768 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.
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
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.
Anonymous 7 months ago
One of my favorites. A re-read over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've read this 5 times and still keep coming back to it!
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
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.
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
Good book. Was slightly disappointed at the end, but overall good book.
LibbyBlackford More than 1 year ago
Simply loved it. All of her books are phenomenal. I enjoy her style of writing, so effortlessly the words flow. The character Abigail was strong and believable. THe plot was very good and it got better towards the end. I would recommend it, I read it in one day! I read another book that was really good too "The Chief's Niece." I'd recommend that too.
Anonymous 1 days ago
I really enjoyed this book great suspense
Anonymous 6 months ago
It was very intriguing and captivating.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Difficult to put down. Woke up in the night wanting to read what was coming next. I will miss Abigail and her courage.