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Nora Roberts is the number-one New York Times–bestselling author of Chasing Fire, The Search, and Black Hills, among other titles. She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 400 million copies of her novels in print. The Witness is Roberts’s two hundredth book.
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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 guess I'm just not the happily ever after ending type. :)
The girl changes her appearance and goes clubbing with a newfound friend, here she is enticed to kiss a male that show's interest and agrees to go to his house, where she witness'es a murder and runs for her life.
She ends up going into protective custody and after a couple of months, the "safe house", and the protective Marshall's are killed, and she again is on the run.
After hiding fr an extensive time she meets a man and falls in love. He helps her see she needs to testify to clear her name.
Excellently written story, allowing for complete understanding of Police matters, and attention to detail, as is usually observed from this writer.
The focus of the story is different and while Brooks was pretty similar to her other male leads, I admire Abigail. Abigail may act like a woman who has it all figured out and nothing to worry about. But she isn’t. She’s been hiding from the mafia since she was 16 and everything she’s learned and done since has all been about protecting herself. It’s a huge contrast from Nora Roberts’ past female leads who are perfect females who know how to do everything. Abigail is shy and awkward around Brooks because she doesn’t know what to make of him.
Abigail and Brooks didn’t immediately fall in love. The relationship was gradual and I love how you can pinpoint exactly when Brooks fell in love and when Abigail fell in love. Instead of solely focusing on romance, the book is about how Abigail developed from that sheltered book smart 16-year-old Elizabeth Fitch to the competent yet still shy Abigail Lowery.
Also, I understand that self-discovery books can be slow and get boring if there’s nothing but normal everyday stuff but this book avoids that. There’s enough action thrown in, from trouble from a local teen and his father to the sex (it’s still romance so yes there’s sex). It’s worth every one of the 496 pages to read it all the way to the end so give it a try.