The Witness: A Novel

The Witness: A Novel

by Naomi Kryske

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Jennifer Jeffries, a young Texan traveling in London, is kidnapped, becoming the victim of a violent assault. When she survives, the British detective in charge of her case needs her to testify against the serial killer who attacked her. Led by a tough ex-Special Forces sergeant with a warrior’s mindset, her witness protection team tries to support her as she prepares to appear in one of London’s Crown Courts. This British detective suspense novel moves from a realistic depiction of the female protagonist’s PTSD to fast-paced courtroom scenes to the difficulties that traumatized individuals face as they struggle to regain personal power.

The Witness breaks new ground by showing the enduring effects trauma can have on a life. The first of a trilogy, this work of crime suspense fiction contains the same psychological intensity as Anna Quindlen’s Black and Blue, but while Ms. Quindlen’s protagonist endures, Ms. Kryske’s triumphs. Strong, complex male characters make this novel an entertaining, inspiring, and compelling read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780985135928
Publisher: Dunham Books
Publication date: 07/31/2012
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 8.80(w) x 6.00(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Naomi Kryske graduated from Rice University, Houston, Texas. Following her husband’s retirement from the U.S. Navy, she lived on the Mississippi Gulf Coast until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home. The Mission is the second of her crime/suspense novels set in London, involving the Metropolitan Police, and exploring the themes of trauma and recovery. In 2008 she ward awarded a grant from the Melissa English Writing Trust for her first novel, The Witness. She lives in north Texas.

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The Witness: A Novel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
az-bookmark More than 1 year ago
Incredible Legal Drama and More I can't remember when I have read a more absorbing book! The Witness describes the physical and psychological hurdles of a young woman following a violent assault, through police interviews and legal testimony, and until she learns to trust again. The courtroom chapters were realistic, fast paced, and filled with suspense. So much was dependent on the testimony of this one witness! I understand that the system is adversarial, but I was still angry at the way the defense lawyers treated her. The elegant quality of the writing in The Witness reminded me of Jodi Picoult's, and there was more intensity than in any of John Grisham's legal dramas. This book left a lasting impression on me!
Tess180 More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful legal drama with a little romance on the side. I found this little gem very fascinating and a breath of fresh air! The plot immediately hocked me on the story and the characters kept me intrigued. I truly connected with the characters who seemed so life like that I could walk out my front door any day and find them walking up the street. The plot was suspenseful and always had me emotionally invested.  Defiantly a recommended read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By Mark H. Kelly Jasper, TN  One of the true treasures of the digital age is uncovering little known and extremely talented novelists on author and e-book websites. Such is the case of Naomi Kryske and her triumphant legal drama, “The Witness.”  Searching for a new read, I saw the title, opened the link and was instantly hooked.  Backed by vast research, readers are drawn into the world of American graduate student, Jenny Jeffries, who suffers a near-fatal abduction and rape in London. Physical and emotional trauma become the norm for the young woman who must replay the details of the crime to the police and legal community, while remaining in hiding as the suspect, with his social standing and wealth, is an omnipresent adversary worthy of Dickens, Conan Doyle and Charles Palliser’s, “The Quincunx.” Leading and coaxing Jenny from her fragile existence is Detective Chef Inspector Colin Sinclair, a hyper-experienced and kind soul, who balances the requirements of his profession with the knowledge that his victim’s psyche is fragile beyond comprehension. With rare acumen for character development, pacing and plot twists, Kryske’s “The Witness” is an instant classic. I can’t wait to read her other works, “The Mission,” and “The Hostage.”
BookSlave17 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The characters seemed so real that I found myself thinking about them not only when I took a break from reading but even after I finished the book. The protagonist, Jennifer Jeffries (Jenny), is an educated young woman who faces devastating physical and emotional obstacles yet still has a sense of humor. I wanted to cheer when an upward tilt of her chin signaled her refusal to give in to a difficult circumstance. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sinclair, an officer with London's Metropolitan Police, believes passionately in the justice system and uses his considerable charm to persuade Jenny to become a witness. A man of refinement and integrity, he needs to remind himself that beauty still exists in a world of death and brutality. Warrior-turned-copper Sergeant Casey's training and service with Britain's most elite special forces group, the Special Boat Service, give him an unusual level of wisdom and maturity. Although initially opposed to serving as a witness protection officer, he becomes completely focused on this mission once he is convinced the assignment is worthwhile. Even the more minor characters emerge with depth: Police Constable (PC) Barry Bridges, who uses rapport and encouragement to guide Jenny through the interview process; PC Danny Sullivan, who keeps things light; PC Brian Davies, a huge bear of a man who is thoughtful and generous; and PC Alan Hunt, whose outspoken behavior helps Jenny to adjust to the outside world. The suspenseful chapters which cover both Jenny's preparation for court and her dramatic testimony reveal a wide spectrum of solicitors and barristers. I cringed at the indelicate questions the prosecution had to ask and raged at the ruthless defense lawyers when they attempted to discredit her. I laughed with these characters. In intense moments when the emotions were raw and strong, I felt their grief and anxiety. Always I learned. I became motivated in my own life to try a little harder, to refuse to let adversity defeat me, and to be less judgmental. Can fictional characters cause changes in readers' lives? Those in THE WITNESS can. It is more than a compelling read: It's an experience which can transform the way you deal with the challenges in your life.