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"An American testifying in a British court: suspenseful and surprising! The court scenes are gripping, and the differences between our justice systems add to the drama. Remarkable character development and intense writing combine to make an impressive first novel, which readers are sure to find entertaining." John-Edward Alley, Partner (Retired), Ford & Harrison, LLP

"A most enjoyable read. There is real depth to the characters, including the firearms officers, and during the courtroom scenes I found myself rooting for Jenny and hoping that the defence barristers would get their just desserts! The interplay between the cops and Jenny is really well thought through, and The Witness somehow captured the unique cop's humour, a rare achievement in the literary world. I look forward to the sequels."

"Masterful portrayal of traumatic stress in a story full of suspense, humor, and poignant moments. I began reading about a victim, a potential legal witness, but got so much more: real, reassuring aids to healing and recovery. The characters are so genuine and some of the situations so vividly written that I'll never forget them. The story really moves, both with regard to plot and the effect it has on the reader."

"It's refreshing to read a crime/suspense novel where the feelings of the victim are not overlooked. Police in London place a high priority on victims and their needs and have specially trained officers to deal with them. To Naomi Kryske I say, 'Well done!'"

Masterful portrayal of traumatic stress in a story full of suspense, humor, and poignant moments. I began reading about a victim, a potential legal witness, but got so much more: real, reassuring aids to healing and recovery. The characters are so genuine and some of the situations so vividly written that I'll never forget them. The story really moves, both with regard to plot and the effect it has on the reader. -- Marjorie A. Husbands, MA, Licensed Professional Counselor

It's refreshing to read a crime/suspense novel where the feelings of the victim are not overlooked. Police in London place a high priority on victims and their needs and have specially trained officers to deal with them. To Naomi Kryske I say, 'Well done!' -- Heather Toulson, Detective Inspector, London Metropolitan Police

A most enjoyable read. There is real depth to the characters, including the firearms officers, and during the courtroom scenes I found myself rooting for Jenny and hoping that the defence barristers would get their just desserts! The interplay between the cops and Jenny is really well thought through, and The Witness somehow captured the unique cop's humour, a rare achievement in the literary world. I look forward to the sequels.

An American testifying in a British court: suspenseful and surprising! The court scenes are gripping, and the differences between our justice systems add to the drama. Remarkable character development and intense writing combine to make an impressive first novel, which readers are sure to find entertaining. --John-Edward Alley, Partner (Retired), Ford & Harrison, LLP -- Bill Tillbrook, Chief Superintendent (Retired), Commander, Specialist Firearms Command, London Metropolitan Police

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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Dunham Books; 1 edition (July 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985135921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985135928
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #646,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By W. Wilkin on October 9, 2012
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The Witness is an amazing story of a woman who survives a brutal attack and the police unit that protects her while the attacker's trial proceeds. It follows the course of the investigation, trial and conviction of a serial killer and presents a detailed view of the struggles of the victim to overcome shock and recover from the effects of the attack and later the grueling trial. It is a true-to-life, accurate look into the techniques used to successfully prosecute such heinous crimes and the effects on the police who have to deal with these crimes.
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Nothing like starting 2013 out with a BANG! I loved this book--it was brilliant!

The characters we're meaningful, relatable and the storyline intense.

I'm always grateful for authors like Kryske who really explore both the psychological and physical side of the protagonists trauma. I loved being witness to Jenny's continual character development through out the book. The book was descriptive, but no overly so, and supporting characters were well written. Nothing was sugar coated or wrapped in a nice box with a shinny ribbon. It was brutal, sad, it made me angry, it made me laugh, I felt dispair and helplessness, but I also felt triumph and love.

Bring on 'The Mission' the next book in what feels to be a great series!
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A great fictional story of faith, detection, protection, and personal recovery written from a woman's perspective but readable and enjoyable by both genders. I'm looking forward to Kryske's second volume with these characters.
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One of those books that compels you to finish it, once you become involved. Love and mystery blend in tense moments,. Worth the read, especially for those who love watching the good guys put down the bad guys.
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This book was a surprise find. I am usually bored by legal dramas, but this was fascinating. There was old-fashioned suspense - would the bad guy be arrested, convicted, etc. - that is more or less standard. But the psychological suspense and drama was absolutely gripping. The story of a woman recovering from severe trauma was neither romanticized nor sensationalized. Instead the author gave us a realistic and compassionate account that draws the reader in. This is a multidimensional view that engaged the brain as well as the emotions and gave me insight into the difficultly of recovering from trauma. We also see into the minds and hearts of those who are helping her, which makes the reader feel like a part of the team that surrounds the main character.

I was also fascinated by the portrayal of the British legal system. Clearly the author has done her homework and gives us enough detail to enable us to understand what is happening and why it would seem so strange to an American, without overwhelming us with so much detail that we get lost! (I've had that complaint about other books.)

This is the first of a trilogy. I can only hope that the next book will be quickly forthcoming! I want more of these characters.

You will probably not have heard of Naomi Kryske before reading this novel. But once you do, you will want more as well.
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By Babs on September 9, 2012
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This is a powerful narrative of pain, shame, blame and acclaim! The heroine goes from pain to shame and blame, and then to acclaiming a strong faith in a Supreme Being! Because of the loving and caring attention she receives from some unlikely friends and protectors, the victim is able to draw courage and strength to perform a most uncomfortable and stressful part as a witness to a horrible crime. Excellent reading and surprising ending.
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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."
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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! A must buy!
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