Nora Roberts is my guilty pleasure. She’s the author that got me “into” romance and every time I get into a reading funk, she’s my guilty pleasure. I know she’s formulaic in some of her “straight romance” titles – but I like to find her gems, her magical realism, her romantic suspense and her paranormal romance. ‘The Witness’ is one of those gems.
The hero and heroine of ‘The Witness’ are some of the more entertaining characters that I’ve read, even though their romance was as perfect as I would like to be. The voice of Liz in the novel is so spot on, it was awe inspiring. Roberts maintained Liz/Abby’s voice throughout the whole novel, until she final metamorphs into a character you just want to hug. Brooks, well he was a character all his own. Half the time I was saying in my head, he’s too good for Abby the robot. I loved it. I loved thinking these things, I loved how they came together. And I enjoyed the suspenseful plot of the novel, even though it was semi-predictable.
The story is about a young girl named Elizabeth who rebels against her controlling mother and finds herself in a nightmare. She witnesses a murder by the Russian mafia and barely escapes with her life. The corruption of the mafia is far and wide, and Elizabeth can’t even trust the police – so she fakes credentials and runs. She is forced to keep to herself, avoid any attachments — especially the romantic kind. So, when Police Chief of the small town she moved to, Brooks Gleason takes interest in her, she resists. And their circling each other makes for a great read.
No one can write a romance like Nora Roberts. It’s so sweet you’ll have a tooth ache. It was also funny, and robust…
“After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve decided sex with you would be mutually satisfying. You’re attractive and pleasant. And clean.“
Overall, it was a great Guilty Pleasure for me. Add to the fact that the narration was done by Julia Whelan, one of my favorite narrators. I enjoyed the book, only finding issues with the hurried romance and a bit of suspension of disbelief when Roberts wrapped everything up in the end with a big bow. But, we all want a very good happily ever after when we read a romance.
The Witness by Nora RobertsPublished by G.P. Putnam's Sons on April 17th 2012
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
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 thrillerauthor—and will leave people hungering for more.