The Witness

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The best public defender in Prosper, Kendall has stumbled upon the town's chilling secret - and her marriage to one of the town's most powerful men has become a living hell. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child's life.

The 16-time New York Times bestselling superstar presents her new blockbuster--a suspenseful tale of deception, passion, and murder. A brave young woman risks her own life and that of her unborn child to turn state's witness ...

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Overview

The best public defender in Prosper, Kendall has stumbled upon the town's chilling secret - and her marriage to one of the town's most powerful men has become a living hell. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child's life.

The 16-time New York Times bestselling superstar presents her new blockbuster--a suspenseful tale of deception, passion, and murder. A brave young woman risks her own life and that of her unborn child to turn state's witness against her white supremacist ex-husband and father-in-law.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Brown's latest thriller, in which an idealistic public defender discovers a terrible secret about her new husband, spent 11 weeks on PW's bestseller list. July
Library Journal
Brown's 16 appearances on the New York Times Best Sellers list gives instant appeal to this forthcoming tale of a young woman who testifies against a pair of white supremacists-who just happen to be her ex-husband and father-in-law. A Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection.
Mary Frances Wilkens
Kendall Deaton wants to be the best public defender the town of Prosper, South Carolina, has ever seen. She figures her dream is in the bag; she is married to the handsome newspaper editor, her father-in-law is a well-respected and popular man in the community, and the downtrodden of Prosper need a devoted advocate. What Kendall doesn't expect, though, is a town so entrenched in bigotry and "perfection" that she soon becomes the enemy, even to her new family. The book opens as Kendall pulls herself from the wreckage of a serious car accident. In the hospital, Kendall is careful not to disclose the true past of the seriously injured male driver; she tells the hospital personnel that he's her husband, and even though he's suffering from amnesia, he knows it is not true. Brown unfolds the story by alternating between the present and the past, keeping the reader guessing what's what all along. Though not an elegant writer, this prolific author writes a true page-turner that is recommended for fans of graphic crime fiction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446603300
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/1996
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 141,266
  • Product dimensions: 4.25 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Brown

Sandra Brown is the author of sixty New York Times bestsellers, including TOUGH CUSTOMER (2010), SMASH CUT (2009), SMOKE SCREEN (2008), PLAY DIRTY (2007), RICOCHET (2006), CHILL FACTOR (2005), WHITE HOT (2004), HELLO, DARKNESS (2003), THE CRUSH (2002), ENVY (2001), THE SWITCH (2000), THE ALIBI (1999), UNSPEAKABLE (1998) and FAT TUESDAY (1997), all of which have jumped onto the Times bestseller list in the number one to five spot. Brown now has over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages.

Biography

In 1979, Sandra Brown lost her job at a television program and decided to give writing a try. She bought an armful of romance novels and writing books, set up a typewriter on a card table and wrote her first novel. Harlequin passed but Dell bit, and Brown was off and writing, publishing her works under an assortment of pseudonyms.

From such modest beginnings, Brown has evolved into multimillion publishing empire of one, the CEO of her own literary brand; she towers over the landscape of romantic fiction. Brown has used her growing clout to insist her publishers drop the bosom-and-biceps covers and has added more intricate subplots, suspense, and even unhappy endings to her work. The result: A near-constant presence on The New York Times bestsellers list. In 1992, she had three on the list at the same time, joining that exclusive club of Stephen King, Tom Clancy, J. K. Rowling, and Danielle Steel.

Her work in the mainstream realm has taken her readers into The White House, where the president's newborn dies mysteriously; the oil fields and bedrooms of a Dallas-like family dynasty; and the sexual complications surrounding an investigation into an evangelist's murder. Such inventions have made her a distinct presence in a crowded genre.

"Brown is perhaps best known now for her longer novels of romantic suspense. The basic outline for these stories has passionate love, lust, and violence playing out against a background of unraveling secrets and skeletons jumping out of family closets," wrote Barbara E. Kemp in the book Twentieth-Century Romance & Historical Writers . Kemp also praises Brown's sharp dialogue and richly detailed characters. "However, her greatest key to success is probably that she invites her readers into a fantasy world of passion, intrigue, and danger," she wrote. "They too can face the moral and emotional dilemmas of the heroine, safe in the knowledge that justice and love will prevail."

Critics give her points for nimble storytelling but are cooler to her "serviceable prose," in the words of one Publishers Weekly reviewer. Still, when writing a crack page-turner, the plot's the thing. A 1992 New York Times review placed Brown among a group of a writers "who have mastered the art of the slow tease."

Staggeringly prolific, Brown found her writing pace ground to a halt when she was given a different assignment. A magazine had asked her for an autobiographical piece, and it took her months to complete. Her life in the suburbs, though personally fulfilling, was nonetheless blander than fiction. That may be why she dives into her fiction writing with such workhorse gusto. "I love being the bad guy," she told Publishers Weekly in 1995, "simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up. I made straight A's and never got into any trouble, and I still impose those standards on myself. So writing is my chance to escape and become the sleaziest, scummiest role."

When she started writing, her goal was always to break out of the parameters of romance. After about 45 romances, the woman who counts Tennessee Williams and Taylor Caldwell among her influences told The New York Times that felt she had reached a plateau. In fact, she doesn't even look at her books as romances anymore. "I think of my books now as suspense novels, usually with a love story incorporated," she said. "They're absolutely a lot harder to write than romances. They take more plotting and real character development. Each book is a stretch for me, and I try something interesting each time that males will like as well as women."

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  • "I hate to exercise and only do so because I absolutely must."

  • "I love to eat and my favorite foods are all bad for the body. Fried chicken and gravy, TexMex, red meat (hey, I'm from Texas!). My only saving grace is that I'm not that fond of sweets. Salty is my thing. Chocolate cake and ice cream I can skip. But a bag of Fritos. . ."

  • "It takes me a long time to go to sleep, usually because I read in bed and hate to put down the book. But when I do nod off, I'm a champion sleeper. I can easily do eight or nine hours a night."

  • "My worst "thing" is mean-spirited people. People who deliberately belittle or embarrass someone really irk me. The people I admire most are the ones who find something good about even the most undesirable individual. That was a quality my mother had, the one I hope most to emulate."

  • "I have a fear of gravity. Recently my whole family went to Belize. We had several adventures. We tubed a river through miles of cave, wearing head lamps so we'd have illumination. No problem. I scaled Mayan ruins. I rode horseback (on a monster named Al Capone) through the rain forest. No problem. But I couldn't zip line. Even though my five-year-old grandsons did it with glee, I just couldn't make that leap."

  • "I and my husband are huge fans of Jeopardy! We never miss it if we can help it. Does that make us complete dorks?"

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      1. Also Known As:
        Laura Jordan, Rachel Ryan and Erin St. Claire
      2. Hometown:
        Arlington, TX
      1. Date of Birth:
        March 12, 1948
      2. Place of Birth:
        Waco, Texas
      1. Education:
        Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters, Texas Christian University, 2008
      2. Website:

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 3, 2013

      This is a 15 YEAR OLD BOOK

      I love Sandra Brown books just so tired of Barnes and Noble being so deceptive and hyping these books as a new release beginning to appear that B and N is hoping we will reourcgase something published decades ago All they need to do is add a statement that its first time published as an ebook thats what KINDLE does

      50 out of 59 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 8, 2010

      Absorbing!

      This book really sucked me in. Coudln't put it down. A warning to people that don't like going back and forth in the time sequence. I usually don't like that but it was esential to the story Brown wanted to tell. This would have been 5 stars by me but Brown didn't provide enough of an ending for me. I was looking for an epilogue or something.

      32 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 30, 2013

      The Witness

      Enjoyed the book but hated the use of the "f" W
      word,,




      Enjoyed the book, hated the use of the "f" word , I would rhink








      I loved the book, hated the use of "f" word, I don't think it helped the book if anything it will keep me from referring it to other people, Maybe a thesaures would be a tool to find a word that is not offensive,











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      ed




      15 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 28, 2013

      Old

      You sold it since December 30 1999! WOW no wonder I don't like it!

      15 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted May 31, 2012

      Good summer reading

      Enjoyed this thriller by Sandra Brown as I do most of her books. This was unusual plot, but kept you on the edge of your seat.

      14 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 5, 2009

      Sandra Brown

      I loved this book as I have loved all the Sandra Brown books I have read. I highly recommend it.

      11 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 28, 2013

      This is an old book! Why did I need to preorder it? I read it in paperback years ago.

      They need to tell you that it is an older book. Now ive bought it twice. I think I should get a store credit or something. Again, why preorder? Very disappointed Barnes and Noble!

      10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 11, 2001

      A GREAT BOOK

      This was a first with Sandra Brown, but it won't be the last. What a great read for everyone. I just kept at this book until it was finished...just couldn't put it down. Even though I figured out what the ending would be, it was fantastic reading right to the end. Highly recommended to anyone.

      10 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted April 17, 2009

      One of my favorites

      This was the first sandra brown book i read, and it blew me away. After that i read a ton of her books and became a huge fan. This book has so many themes that I look for in a good read and just the right touch of romance. It instantly became one of my favorites...this and Slow Heat in Heaven! Read them both!

      9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 30, 2013

      The wittness

      377 pages......I like this book it kept my interest....a lot ofgoing back and forth and I was surprised at the end......it was different writing for SB.

      8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 12, 2008

      Like It

      Some of the violence is more than I cared for but I loved the story. I read it in two days.

      7 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted February 9, 2011

      more from this reviewer

      Started out fine then turned boring.

      I read the "The Witness" over a 3 day period and I had a struggle to keep reading it. The story is okay nothing to praise and the writing was weak. I have read other books by Ms. Brown and I have enjoyed some of them, but this one just didn't seem to be very interesting. She is a great writer and I'll probably pick up another novel by her. However it will be through the library just in case. Overall, it's not a terrible book, just an easy beach read.

      6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 4, 2013

      Product Details for this book says that the Publication Date is

      Product Details for this book says that the Publication Date is 6/25/2013.  So, I thought this was a new book by Sandra Brown.  I'm not sure what that date means, because I have read this book previously.  Very Frustrating.
      It is a good book though.

      5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 22, 2007

      WOW!

      This book was great! If you have never read a Sandra Brown novel before, this is the one to get you started! It is filled with suspence and romance! You are not going to want to put this down!

      5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted September 11, 2005

      my first Sandra Brown book!!

      Over the summer I went away and had nothing to read, so I picked The Witness up to read, and I couldnt stop! I think its well written and it keeps you guessing...I love that book, and am now an avid reader of her other books...a must read!

      4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 5, 2004

      Great Book that captured me from the start

      I loved this book, Although some of the content was so sad to me I couldnt beleive the brutalness of Gibb and Matt. And some of the scenes were just hard to think about. But it was a great suspense and really hooked me in from the start. On a negative side I found it hard to think that someone as kind as Kendall would have such a trashy best friend who would sleep with two strangers she had never even met and spill her secret location to. So some things were just so unrealistic but on the whole a great fast read

      4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 1, 2000

      Great reading!

      The story is very instense from beginning to end. It'll keep you on the edge of your seat. The romance is just as instense as the plot. I really enjoyed this book so much so that I had to listen to the audio cassette.

      4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted July 23, 2013

      Good story, but I thought it was a new release.  This happens a

      Good story, but I thought it was a new release.  This happens a lot when buying Nook books.

      3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 5, 2013

      SLOW And completely unbelievable story

      Stopped reading after 65 pages ! Boring and dumb

      3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    • Posted January 12, 2013

      Ive read this before and want to read it again but i would buy i

      Ive read this before and want to read it again but i would buy it if it was available on the nook

      3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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