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.
Nora Roberts delivers with her latest standalone. Probably my favorite romance novelist, The Witness is reminiscent to her older works, meaning it was great. Some of her trilogies and quartets are lagging and too formulaic to be interesting.
With The Witness, we start with Elizabeth Fitch, the bright daughter of a cold, calculating mother. Elizabeth finally decides to have a much-needed moment of teenage rebellion. (Except the rebellion really just started off by doing what every other teen takes for granted, shopping at the mall for fun.) Unfortunately subsequent events changed the course of her life. Fast forward twelve years and meet Elizabeth again. Except now she’s called Abigail Lowry. A freelance programmer, Abigail is a loner and prefers to keep to herself. Too bad for her, the well-meaning police chief, Brooks Gleason, takes interest in her.
The character development created these very real people for the reader’s to fall in love with. Right from the start, Roberts has Elizabeth pulling on the readers’ heartstrings.
For any Nora Roberts fan, her 200th book isn’t one to miss. A recommended read for anyone who likes a bit of romance, some dangerous secrets, and the mob.
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