The Witness by Nora Roberts

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Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems -- and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail's reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something -- and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.

With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today's most reliably entertaining thriller -- and will leave people hungering for more.


I am not sure what it is about Nora Robert's writing that I don't enjoy. It feels more like someone telling me a story than reading a story if that makes sense. I never connect with the characters or what is happening so it is always just...okay. Not the best. Oh well. 

Abigail had a very controlling, terrible mother. One night she decides to break out and rebel a little only things don't go as planned. They go terribly wrong and now she is hiding out on her private property with only her dog for company. She stays away from people, sets up security systems for people on line, and is fine with her life. If she keeps out of sight then hopefully nothing bad can find her. 

Brooks is the local cop and when he has a run in with Abigail her aloofness makes him question what she is up to. What does she do out there on her property all day? So he starts dropping by, which at first Abigail is not happy about, but pretty soon things start to heat up between them and things don't go the way Abigail planned. She always have every angle mapped out, but she didn't see Brooks coming. Can she tell him the truth? What will happen when her past catches up to her? Will he be able to help her have a normal life? 

This should have been a really exciting thriller, but the writing made it uneventful for me. I couldn't get into it so it was just bleh. Oh well. 

Rating: ★ ★


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