The Witness

The Witness

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by Sandra Brown
     
 

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After Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, a mixture of courage and terror gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare give the hospital her real name or the true identity of the car's injured driver. She tells them only that he is her husband. And as quickly as she can, she starts to plan their escape.… See more details below

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After Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, a mixture of courage and terror gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare give the hospital her real name or the true identity of the car's injured driver. She tells them only that he is her husband. And as quickly as she can, she starts to plan their escape. Kendall's nightmare began when she came to Prosper, South Carolina, to be the best public defender the country ever had. She quickly fell in love with Prosper's most eligible bachelor, and after a whirlwind courtship had a fairy-tale perfect wedding. Her father-in-law made her feel like part of the family, the kind of close, loving family she had always dreamed could be hers. When she became pregnant, Kendall's happiness seemed complete. She never suspected that coming to Prosper had plunged her into the midst of a chilling conspiracy of bigotry and hate or that she had become a player in an abhorrent deception. Soon Kendall starts losing cases she should have won. She feels surrounded by whispers and secrets, fear, and frightened eyes. Finally Kendall becomes a witness to a horrifying crime. With shocking clarity she realizes that she has misjudged the people around her. Worst of all, she has confused the happiness she wanted so badly with the nightmare she is now forced to endure - a precarious existence that will keep her on the run until justice prevails in Prosper...and until her child is safe.

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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.
From the Publisher
"This page-turner is a must on any summer beach reading list and a testament to Brown's gifts as a talented storyteller."
-USA Today"

Through a mosaic of tantalizing clues, premonitions, and withheld identities, Brown has created another page-turner to ensure her phenomenal popularity...Secrets keep popping out until the last page. Brown's forte is glitch-free, all-over-the-map plotting."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446603300
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
448
Sales rank:
173,223
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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