- Hardcover: 496 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780399159121
- ISBN-13: 978-0399159121
- ASIN: 0399159126
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3,482 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,324 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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*Starred Review* Elizabeth Fitch is tired of living her life by her mother’s strict rules. So the minute her mother leaves for a medical conference, Elizabeth is out the door and headed to the mall. One new wardrobe, one new BFF, and two new fake IDs later, Liz finds herself at Chicago’s hottest nightclub. But before the night is over, Liz will be a witness to murder, when Alex Gurevich, the nightclub owner, is eliminated by two of his business associates. Twelve years later, Liz, now living as Abigail Lowery, has built a new life for herself as a freelance computer-security programmer in Bickford, Arkansas. Abigail’s first and only priority is staying one step ahead of the Russian Mob, who has never stopped trying to get rid of the one living witness to Gurevich’s murder. The only problem is that Bickford’s new chief of police, Brooks Gleason, simply refuses to let her live in peace, and nothing Abigail says or does seems to convince him that she doesn’t need his help. When it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance, Roberts is unrivaled, and her latest addictively readable novel is guaranteed to jangle readers’ nerves and keep them enthralled long past bedtime. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Witness is romance-legend Roberts’ 200th published novel (her first was Irish Thoroughbred, 1981). Fifty-one of her books have held the number-one slot on the New York Times best-seller list, and it’s a sure bet The Witness will be number 52. --John Charles
Every Nora Roberts fan knows that romance is at the heart of her novels - but here she skilfully interweaves a plot worthy of a top thriller writer...It's a winning combination - but keep a tissue handy Irish Examiner Nora Robert's 200th book will do nothing to halt her run of bestsellers. Romance is at the heart of Robert's novels - but here she skilfully interweaves a plot worthy of a top thriller writer Edinburgh Evening News --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Elizabeth Fitch leads a very sterile and pre-planned life: conceived from carefully planned artificial insemination to a woman lacking in emotion, a prodigy with an eidetic memory who is pre-med at Harvard at the age of 16, and still a teenage girl who feels the need to rebel as she struggles to become her own person. Her single act of rebellion results in death, being targeted by the Russian Mafia, and her entering into witness protection. Now, 12 years later, she is still hiding but as Abigail Lowry in a small Arkansas town. The Chief of Police, Brooks Gleason, has taken a professional - and personal - interest in her and Abigail has to decide if being alive is enough, or if she wants to actually live a life she never thought she could have.
Nora Roberts, in my mind, always spins a good tale. I will never claim her books are full of unexpected twists and turns or worthy of a National Book Award, but they have solid, well-developed plots, that are enjoyable to read. I thought this book was a cut above her normal. Not because of the plot, which was good, but because of the lead female character. I really liked her! She was incredibly smart, unbelievably courageous, and just a little socially awkward as truly brilliant people can be. My heart broke for the 16 year old girl and cheered for the 29 year old woman - both of whom made difficult decisions.
And now, I am left with the same feeling I always have after finishing one of Nora's books: why did I read that so fast?! However, I am physically incapable of drawing out the experience and savoring it. I have to consume it in one fabulous gulp. Luckily, her next new book comes out in just two weeks, which I fully intend to blissfully devour as well :)
I did really enjoy the character development. Unique traits that were very well captured and allowed me to really visualize the characters, which I enjoyed,
Of course, this is not to say that the book is any great departure from Roberts' standard tropes. Smart, independent heroine with a past. Affable but strong hero. Actually, Brooks never puts a foot wrong. Part of me wants to complain about this tendency in Roberts' heroes, but the other part of me knows that she is writing for women and enjoys the near infallibility of the fantasy man that she presents. Her small-town setting is as idyllic as ever. Her secondary characters are either utterly charming or purely venomous as necessary. There's even a lovable canine sidekick. I have no complaints about any of her cliches, in this case. They add up to an utterly charming book. My only issue is that the resolution of the central conflict seemed a little too easy, but that didn't truly detract from my enjoyment of The Witness.