The Witness by Nora Roberts

70%

34 Critic Reviews

Featuring one of Roberts's cleverest heroines yet, this intricately dramatic book only confirms that Roberts is a master of the genre.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

In her stunning new novel, #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts proves why no one is better “when it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance” (Booklist).

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive.

Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems programmer, her own protection is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.

The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature, and unromantic viewpoints intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights.

And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
 

About Nora Roberts

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Nora Roberts is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. 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 books in print.
 
Published April 17, 2012 by Berkley. 499 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Critic reviews for The Witness
All: 34 | Positive: 27 | Negative: 7

Kirkus

Below average
Apr 15 2012

A promising start to a series, provided Roberts can flesh out her derivative heroine.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 07 2012

Featuring one of Roberts's cleverest heroines yet, this intricately dramatic book only confirms that Roberts is a master of the genre.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Jennifer McCord on Apr 19 2012

Whether it is her first novel or her 200th, Nora Roberts is a writer who never fails to deliver a book that readers enjoy.

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Dear Author

Below average
Reviewed by Jane Litte on Apr 28 2012

The main drawback of this book is the lack of emotional conflict.

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All About Romance

Below average
Reviewed by Maggie Boyd

While I think it requires you throw an extra dollop of suspension of disbelief into your morning coffee, I also think fans of Ms. Roberts will not be disappointed.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Joyce Lamb on May 30 2012

All in all, I really enjoyed The Witness. The setup with 16-year-old Elizabeth was emotional and riveting.

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Good E-Reader

Excellent
Reviewed by Mercy Pilkington on May 14 2012

Roberts is one of those rare writers who can blend genres as easily as flipping on a light switch.

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Fiction Vixen

Below average
Reviewed by Catherine on Apr 23 2012

One thing that I found odd about the story, but that I liked more and more upon further reflection, was the suspense plot... Truthfully, it wasn’t very suspenseful.

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Smexy Books

Good
Reviewed by May on Apr 17 2012

This was a masterfully told story – I can’t stress that enough.

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The Bookpushers

Good
Reviewed by Nicole on Apr 17 2012

I can always count on Roberts to deliver a strong story with characters that are easy to love in their own special ways.

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The Romance Reader

Good
Reviewed by Sarrah Knight

The Witness will give fans renewed hope for future novels that titles such as Chasing Fire and Tribute may have sapped.

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Heroes and Heartbreakers

Good
Reviewed by Janga on Apr 17 2012

...Roberts will once again demonstrate that her books are character-driven with plot stemming from who the characters are and the professions they choose.

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Book Binge

Good
Reviewed by Ames on Apr 17 2012

Roberts did an excellent job of not letting the suspense take over Abigail's story but having it build in our minds.

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Joyfully Reviewed

Good
Reviewed by Miranda

The Witness transcends all others by grabbing the reader with its intensity and keeps you enamored with its beautiful romance and magnificent prose.

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Pure Textuality

Good
Reviewed by Dolly

This is definitely one I will reread again and again.

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The Brazen Bookworm

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Apr 20 2012

It was a good, solid read, with excellent pacing and her signature dialogue.

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Impressions

Good
Reviewed by Hilcia on Apr 25 2012

If you want to know why she's such a success read The Witness, it is an excellent example of her best efforts.

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Books, Books, and More Books

Good
Reviewed by nath on Apr 23 2012

It was a definite winner for me and I can't think of a better way for Ms Roberts to celebrate her 200th book.

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Under the Covers

Good
Reviewed by Ann on Apr 14 2012

THE WITNESS is not one you should miss!

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Blogging for a Good Book

Good
Reviewed by Christine on May 11 2012

Roberts’ 200th title incorporates all her hallmarks of writing but it all comes together so seamlessly that reading this book was effortless fun and rates this book in the top three of Roberts’ oeuvre for me.

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Inside of a Dog

Good
Reviewed by Kathy Martin on May 05 2012

I loved this story and can't recommend it enough to fans of romantic suspense.

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Romance Around the Corner

Good
Reviewed by Brie on May 02 2012

Her voice is so unique it’s almost her trademark, the story flows in a way that only an experienced writer can do...

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Lisa's World of Books

Excellent
Reviewed by Lisa on Mar 05 2012

Outstanding character and story development. I hope to see more stories in a similar vain to this one from Nora Roberts in the future. I love a good solid romance and her series always provide that but I love this new directions.

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Rosario's Reading Journal

Good
Reviewed by Rosario on Apr 27 2012

It was my favourite Nora single title in a while.

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From the TBR Pile

Good
Reviewed by Kari Boardman on Sep 01 2012

I think The Witness is one of the best books that Nora has written in a long time.

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Valeehill

Good
Reviewed by Virginia Travis on Apr 19 2012

Five stars is grossly insufficient. Best. Nora. Ever.

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My Favourite Books

Good
Reviewed by Liz on Jun 27 2012

If Ms. Roberts' other books are as well written and as much fun as The Witness, I may have become a fan.

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Leontine's Book Realm

Good
Reviewed by Leontine on Apr 30 2012

Nora Roberts gives romance which warms you from the inside out and leaves you a bit dreamy and starry-eyed at the end!

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Lady Business

Below average
Reviewed by Renay on Aug 01 2012

It's Nora Roberts formula, remarkably one-note and simplistic, maybe more so than usual given that the villains are immediately coded and known the whole novel and only barely humanized

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The Science of Romance

Below average
Jul 08 2012

Elizabeth/Abigail was quite annoying at times, and I found her to be a rather stilted character.

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B.Burcoff

Below average
Reviewed by Beth Allen on May 19 2012

I found the ending predictable but satisfying and comforting.

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Karen Knows Best

Good
May 05 2012

The Witness is most definitely another keeper book...

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From Snark to Finish

Good
Reviewed by Taryn Elliott on Apr 23 2012

A must read for the Nora fans and a brilliant way to draw new readers as well.

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Food, Fun and Urban Fantasy

Good
Reviewed by L. Pruitt on Apr 23 2012

I can also tell you that if you enjoy Roberts's books, then you will enjoy The Witness.

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