The Witness Mass Market Paperback – January 28, 2014
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 496 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780515151336
- ISBN-13 : 978-0515151336
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 0515151335
- Best Sellers Rank: #97,814 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The Witness" touched and thrilled me like few other of her novels. While some of her characters are stock (Brooks' hippy-dippy late-middle aged mom is probably my generation). Still, the power of this brilliant, damaged young woman with a cold-blooded heartless mother, not too different than my maternal grandmother, who has to not only survive while hunted, but must come to terms with her own humanity as a woman, is surprisingly touching. The man who reaches her, against her own inclinations is a bit flawless (OK, nothing's perfect), but still works. And being named Brooks after perhaps the greatest 3rd baseman, Brooks Robinson, is catchy.
The heavies, as usual in Roberts' novels, are a bit cardboard, with no redeeming qualities, so you just hate 'em.
Still this is a favorite read.
At first I was thrown off when I went into the second part (Brooks) because it was such a contrast from the intensity in Part One. However, once I settled into the groove, I enjoyed the blossoming dynamic between Brooks and Liz (now Abigail). Slowly but surely during parts two and three, the two elements (romance and the reality of Abigail running from the mafia) converge into something beautiful. By Part Four, Abigail and Brooks fully become a team working to find a solution.
For those who take these things into consideration: there are a few detailed sex scenes and there is explicit language. However, there’s also a lot of content, believable characters, and a strong story. Abigail is a heroine you can root for. Brooks is a stand-up man and someone worthy of Abigail (while also being a worthwhile character in his own right). This novel was full in its presentation and I really enjoyed it.
I guess I'm just not the happily ever after ending type. :)
The Witness by Nora Roberts
Even if it’s not quite beach weather, The Witness might qualify as beach reading. Often “beach reading” is used as a euphemism for lighter literary fare. I suppose this book could qualify -- it is definitely not War and Peace. However, it has many qualities to recommend it. Certainly, the characters are multi-dimensional and the storyline gripping.
It is a coming-of-age tale where a young girl’s first attempt at independence has far reaching and life changing results. As the title indicates, Abigail Fitch is witness to a horrifying series of events. Her very existence is threatened and she is forced to survive by her wits alone.
Woven into this narrative is a love story. Abigail must learn to trust when everyone in her life has failed to earn her trust. We are “witness” to this flowering relationship and her eventual growth and ability to both give and receive the love of another.
Unlike many novels of this type, Ms. Roberts vividly describes the backgrounds and scenery of Abigail’s world. For instance, she writes:
“The rain that had blown in the night before teased out a little more green.
Now, early-evening sun shimmered through those greening branches, splashed
on the road, flickered on the busy water of the little stream that wound through.”
At its core, The Witness is a tale of suspense. The reader is drawn into a dangerous place inhabited by the Russian mob and crooked cops. A good outcome is never guaranteed. Abigail’s safety is threatened as much by the gangsters as it is by law enforcement who insist they can protect her. A final twist at the end of the story leaves one both breathless and satisfied. This is a good read – regardless of the season.
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The story in short - super intelligent Elizabeth witnesses a Russian Mafia murder at the age of 17. She gets put into witness protection which doesn't quite go according to plan. In her late 20s she finds herself trying to live a normal life as Abigail, in a small town with a bunch of nosey neighbours. One in particular is the chief of police, Brookes. Their relationship grows stronger and she realises she has to face her past in order to live her future.
This is my first Nora Roberts book. I'd heard she writes about cracking romances so as a lover of a good romance, I had great expectations for romance - and to be fair, I got it. But the romance was a little but clumsy and awkward.
Elizabeth/ Abigail is, as I mentioned, super intelligent and socially, she comes across as a misfit. So her unlikely and relatively unexpected pairing with Julie (an old high school friend) is hard to work with. Similarly, her relationship with Brookes comes on a bit sudden for someone who a) isn't great in relationships and b) is trying to keep a low profile.
Her witnessing of a multiple murder is clearly key to the whole story, but it felt a little hurried, and pretty much ignored between the age of 17 and 29. There's very little to help build the gap of 12 years. I felt I wanted to know more about her; about how she's put her intelligence to good use, about how hard her life might have been in those 12 years. I wanted to know more about her dog, Bert. I wanted to know more about how much the Russians has tried to look for her and any near misses. Additionally, there is no real description of how she looks in her 20s (or it was fairly short and I missed it!) and I missed having that picture in my mind of her. I struggled to like her very much and I wasn't much of a fan of Brookes either. I thought he had quite the ego and she absolutely did not, and I couldnt piece in my mind how they would get together quite so quickly. I couldn't empathise with them much, and couldn't be happy for her when Elizabeth/ Abigail was happy, yet I really wanted to be. I think my favourite character was Bert the dog!
The ending sadly for me was the biggest disappointment. I felt the last couple of chapters were very rushed and lacked the depth some of the rest of the book gave. It just...ended.
Don't get me wrong, I liked the story overall and I enjoyed it mostly. I just couldn't quite love it. I'd be tempted to read another Nora Roberts book though as I do like her style of story telling.
Taken into protective custody, Elizabeth (Liz) is finally living, and enjoying herself, but when she and the US Marshals she adores are betrayed, she finds herself forced to run and hide. Years later under the name Abigail Lowery she lives a quiet life, with no friends, only going into town when she really needs to.
Brooks Gleason took up the recently vacated position as Chief of Police when his father suffered a heart attack, and is enjoying being back home. He finds himself drawn to Abigail, her attempts to steer clear of him doing nothing to deter him, and the small arsenal she has as well as her home security system which is better than the town's bank having him more than a little curious about her past and life.
Both MCs are likeable and a good fit. I liked how Abigail found herself baffled by Brooks. I also loved that Abigail could more than take care of herself.
An enjoyable re-read. This time around I did feel the bad guys could have been fleshed out a bit more and had a more compelling role in the latter part of the book, but that didn't stop me from being entertained.
Potential Triggers: Reference to domestic violence