Title: The Witness
Author: Nora Roberts
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published: April 17th 2012 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“People say to someone they love: I’d die for you. They don’t expect to, of course, have no plans to. They may believe it, or mean it, or it may simply be an expression of devotion. But I know what it means now, I understand that impossible depth of emotion now. And I know you would die for me. You’d put my life before yours to protect me. And that terrifies me.”
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.
4 of 5 stars to The Witness by Nora Roberts
Cover Art: 3/5 stars. Nothing special or captivating about the cover. It’s nice and pretty enough so a 3 shall fit just fine.
This is my first novel by Nora Roberts. I like this book. The story is well thought out. Reading it feels like the author knows what she’s doing and she knows what she wants to happen in every chapter. The first few chapters are very compelling. I would have loved it more if there was less romance as I thought it broke the consistent thrill of the witness plot but nevertheless, it was still a good read for me. I guess it’s bad for a romance book to feel like the romance got in the way of the story but Abigail’s back story is just so intriguing that you’d want to read nothing else. I also blame the fact that the romance wasn’t as astounding as I hoped it’d be. The heroine had more chemistry with the antagonist than the actual hero.
Also, there are several subplots in this story that are unnecessary. I couldn’t care less about the town people’s problems. I want an update about Abigail’s problem. I keep waiting for it to be dealt with but it didn’t come until the last few chapters. Another turn-off would be the very little action in the story! I was hoping there’d be running and car chasing and whatnot but I guess Abigail was too smart to have let it come at that point. So why a 4? Well, despite the complaints I pointed out, I still enjoyed reading the story.