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The Witness

4.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  40,049 Ratings  ·  3,460 Reviews
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,
Paperback, Large Print, 757 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2012)
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♡Karlyn P♡

Nora Roberts is BACK!! OK, I know many of you didn’t realize she left, but over the last few years her newer books have not cut it for me. I found several of her latest stories full of filler and irrelevant content, and the core stories suffered as a result. But in The Witness the story was tight, the characters interesting, the romance swoon worthy, and the suspense totally believable. Everything tied together, just like a great story should!

I never thought romance suspense was Ms Roberts best
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
*Audiobook edition*

When I tell people that I read romance, they often ask, "Like Nora Roberts?" I'll confess, I used to scoff at those people. I viewed myself as way hipper or cooler than Nora Roberts... but now that I've actually TRIED her stuff, I'll admit that I was dead wrong.

Nora Roberts can write her ass off.

This book is for fans of quirky, independent women. It is for us geeks and smarties, for fans of sex-positive female characters. It is for lovers of romantic suspense that isn't overl
5 stars – Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

It’s hard to deny the talent and mass appeal of Nora Roberts considering The Witness is her 200th book. I! That is quite an impressive achievement and a boon for romance readers. I consider myself a fan of hers, and I especially loved her Bride Quartet series and the few J.D. Robb In Death books that I’ve read. Some of her books tend to be a little bit too generic and plain vanilla for my taste, but I occasionally enjoy their comfort lik
Dec 08, 2012 Sal rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Don't get me wrong. This book is great. But it could have been so much more.

Though I haven't read any other books by Nora Roberts, I know she's a romance writer, not crime, or thriller, but I couldn't help wishing this book was a crime/thriller. The set-up to the main plot was really really good, fascinating, but then the rest of the book never reaches that level again.

To be honest, I'm a bit mean giving this two stars, but on a comparative level to the books I would give three stars, it falls
Written July 17, 2015

4 1/2 Stars - Fantastic listening and a good well told thrilling plot. I'm to be honest surprised, but this NB romance impressed me...much

I bought this Nora Roberts as an 16:18 hrs audiobook (narrated by Julia Whelan) already back in March. I honestly thought I was finished and done with NB-books several years ago, but never say never.

The Witness (from 2012) has got so many happy reviews, and was much appreciated by both Kathleen and Heather as an audiobook. Convinced by fr
Carol [Goodreads Addict]
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Nora Roberts has always been THAT author for me. The author that you know no matter what mood you were in, her books would be just right. But for some unexplainable reason, I have not read one of her books in such a long time. So when I received The Witness as a gift from my wonderful friend, I dove right in. And, as sure as the sun rises in the East, the book was perfect in every way.

First, I want to introduce you to Elizabeth Fitch. She is the sixteen year old daughter of Dr. Susan L. Fitch.
Fantastic read featuring one of the best heroines I have seen in a long time. She was so smart and capable, it was fun to see her try to understand how to deal with the friendly people in her new hometown. The hero was such a great personality, he was funny and easy going but had endless patience to get through all of Abigail/Liz's barriers (which she had very good reasons for having). I enjoyed all of this book, parts were very suspenseful and other parts were funny and engaging. Nora Roberts s ...more
The Witness
4 Stars!
Very enjoyable read by Nora Roberts. Being a huge fan of her In Death series, which she writes under the pseudonym of J D Robb, I wanted to give her other books a try. I found myself totally absorbed in this compelling and intriguing novel. From the exciting beginning, when Liz becomes a witness to a brutal crime, to her transformation into Abigail, loner and security expert, I was drawn to her character and circumstances. The town where she settles is full of interesting ch
Karen Bonilla
May 12, 2012 Karen Bonilla rated it it was ok
WARNING*** Contains Spoilers. I'm a big fan of Nora Roberts but I'm not sure why people gave this book such rave reviews. This book started out with a bang. Elizabeth is a 16 year old genius rebelling against her cold,controlling mother. She meets up with a Russian mafia don and witnesses the brutal murder of a mafia henchman and her teenaged female friend. She ends up on the run for her life. Twelve years later, she moves to a small town and meets and falls in love with the local sheriff, Brook ...more
Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️
May 15, 2015 Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dorsey aka ❤️ Wrath Lover and KA Addict ❤️ by: Karla
I loved this book! My emotions were all over the place on this one from happy, sad, scared, anticipation and profound sarrow for the heroine.

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I absolutely fell in love with the strong yet venerable girl/woman and I loved that she finally found someone that she can finally count on. Brooks and liz/Abby have become my all time FAVORITE Nora Roberts H& only issue is that I wish we had more of an epilogue.
After thinking about it for a bit, I realized that it has been quite a while since I have read a new standalone book by Nora Roberts. It was a nice change. I have no problem reading about a group of friends or relatives in a trilogy, but it was nice to know that everyone I met in the book existed solely to enrich this book.

One thing I love about this author is the way she sets up the backstory. If you’re familiar with her work then you probably already know that she likes to cut her books into s
Jan 02, 2016 ♥Rachel♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book, mystery
3.5-4 Stars for the story and writing.

3 Stars for narration. The narrator sounded very young and that was fine when Elizabeth was sixteen, and just okay when she was twenty-eight. Her male voices were okay. The narrator's Russian accent was very good.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I want to thank Shawna for recommending this book to me. In all honesty, I am not a huge fan of Nora Roberts' romance novels, although I do like her JD Robb In Death series. While this book didn't change my opinion of her on convert her to a must-read author for me, I enjoyed this book, and I can see she is a very good writer. Having said that, I don't find her romance style very moving personally. As far as suspense, she definitely works better for me.

This novel feels like an odyssey. It start
May 18, 2012 Kristal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
5 stars just because I became so engrossed that I burned the chicken and had to order pizza! This was classic Nora Roberts.

Quick summary --- Liz witnesses a double murder, gets put in protective custody, her safety is compromised and she runs for 12 years. She settles in a small town and Brooks, the local chief of police, and her become involved. :)

Abigail (what Liz is know as now) learns that being alive is not the same as having a life. She finds a man (Brooks) who loves her even after he fin
4.5 stars, upped to 5 because I keep re-playing it. Lol. LOVE the book and the narrator! (But a few quibbles, listed further below). Great narration by Julia Whelan. What a performance! She transformed the print version into something even more vivid, poignant, funny, and heartwarming.

This is Nora Roberts' 200th book, but I had never read her before. I understand this is outside her normal formula to some degree. I loved it. A feel-good story, despite small-town thugs, big-city murder, corrupt
Duchess Nicole
While this book took a loooong time to get set up, even the setup part was really good. Elizabeth rebels against her robot Mom (she's not really a robot, but the lady doesn't hug, wear color, or do anything without a schedule) when she's sixteen. That's what teenagers do, and even though Liz is a bit of a mini-robot, she's still a teenager girl who wants to live her own life, not the one her 'mother' picks for her.

This one decision leads to the witnessing of a horrible crime committed by a crim
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Re-read in audio 10/12.
Narrator: Julia Whelan

Audio version: Julia Whelan was perfect for the characters. She "got" Elizabeth/Abigail! I bumped the rating to 5 stars for the audio version. Still 4 stars for print.

The Witness is a very solid 4 star book. It starts with a bang. The first 100 pages are on-the-edge-of-your-seat riveting. I wasn't at all unhappy when the pace (and my heart rate) slowed to more normal levels for the central 1/2 of the book. While the first 100 pages sets up the suspens
Annie (Under the Covers Book Blog)
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Shortly after beginning THE WITNESS, I wondered if this book was the right match for me. I kept with it and am I SO GLAD I did because this book ended up being another great read by Nora Roberts.

Elizabeth is a star college student, a brainiac with big aspirations and she possesses the natural talent to achieve them. Unfortunately, the dream she is pursuing as a doctor isn’t really her dream. It’s her controlling mother’s plan for her. One day Elizabeth just snaps and fi
Jan 01, 2013 Norma rated it really liked it
Reread--great start to the new year! Still an outstanding read!

Wow. For me this was Nora Roberts back to doing what she does best. This is a wonderfully crafted story. While we know the players, the crime and pretty much how it will end from almost page one, this still took me on a great ride. Twists and turns and characters that kept me engaged.

This did have a touch of your typical NR filler (way to much about the gardens and what Abigail liked to cook). But I could completely overlook that. Br
Jan 12, 2015 Ya~ rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part I started off great. The heroine Elizabeth is a hard-core nerd who at age 16, made a very dumb move that forced her to spend 12 years in hiding. Unfortunately, the following chapters in book are just a combination of plain romance and non-consequential/dull events for the most part. I am sorry to say the nerdy/techie character in this book seems forced and superficially over-the-top. The suspense is almost non-existent, btw. Bert the dog is the highlight of the story.

I liked the futuristic
Anne OK
May 02, 2012 Anne OK rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-reads
"The Witness" showcases the creative and imaginative writing talents of Nora Roberts. Just when my faith was beginning to wane, here she comes packing a wallop with her 200th publication infused with originality in a refreshing and unforgettable story.

One minor complaint from my corner of the peanut gallery is that there were a few dangling questions left unanswered. By expanding the epilogue to include a few additional details, the author could have tidied up loose ends and wrapped this one up
Bark's Book Nonsense
4 1/2 stars
Published by Brilliance Audio
Unabridged, 16 hours, 18 minutes
Narrated by Julia Whalen

Sixteen year old Elizabeth has been under the thumb of her controlling mother since birth but she’s had enough. In a spectacular act of rebellion she falsifies two ID’s and heads out clubbing with a brand new friend. The night ends badly. Liz witnesses a double murder and, because she has a spectacular memory, she is able to recount the events and ID the perps who are part of the Russian mob. Uh oh. S
Jul 30, 2012 Angie rated it it was ok
At age 16 Elizabeth Fitch has a fight with her mom and rebels from the strict atmosphere of home. She does something stupid (makes fake IDs and goes to a club) and disaster ensues. She witnesses a double murder by the Russian mob. Even though she is drunk and sick, she has a photographic memory so she can tell the cops everything that happened. She is placed in Witness Protection but the house is breached by bad cops and her protectors die. Elizabeth/Liz goes on the run for the next 12 years. Sh ...more
Jane Stewart
4 stars. I smiled many times. At the end my feeling was: not a wow, but very fulfilling.

I’ve read 13 books by Nora Roberts. I was averaging 3 stars for her books written in the 1990s. But then I gave 4 stars to Angels Fall (2006) and now to this (published 2012). Is she getting better? I’m surprised. Too many authors seem to tire out or write repeats of the same stuff after a while. Not Ms. Roberts. Maybe I’ve been picking the wrong books to read. But now, I’m going to look for more.

The best
*4,5 stars*

"You're the sexiest thing, in the strangest ways."

With The Witness we have a great story with great characters development. Nora Roberts at her finest.

The first quarter of the book sets the plot and is told from Liz/Abigail point of vue when she was 16 and is the proof that a teenage POV can be interesting and endearing. Then we make a 12 years jump in time.

The things I loved in this book:

- Liz/Abigail. I absolutely L O V E D her! She is a genius (literally). Because she's a genius
Sherwood Smith
I'd never read a Norah Roberts until a friend loaned me this, saying that she thought it a perfect romantic suspense.

Well, she was right! I zoomed through it in almost one sitting last night. It has all the tropes I love most: a heroine who has game, though she's up against major challenge, a hero I liked because he's got game, but instead of being a tiresome alpha jerk, he's good to his family, has a sense of humor, and personality traits that make him stand out from all the other heroes out th
Pretty much the only author I buy hardcover books for is Nora Roberts and this book gave me no reason to change that (and at $19.56 the book better be good ;)

Series Note:
No series connections.

Raised by a cold, calculating, unloving mother, 16 year old Elizabeth Fitch gives in to an urge for rebellion one evening and forever lives to regret the choices she made. When the "smoke" clears, her life will never be the same.

Twelve years pass, and Elizabeth, now Abigail Lowery, has been on the r
Manda Collins
Apr 09, 2012 Manda Collins rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Small Town Romance, Sheriff Heroes, Smart Heroines
Easily Nora Roberts' best romantic suspense since ANGELS FALL. The hero, small town sheriff Brooks Gleason is a hero type we've seen before from Roberts, but he's endearing and likable all the same. The heroine, Abigail Lowery, is in hiding from the Russian mafia because of a double murder she witnessed at the age of sixteen. Ten years later, the child prodigy with unbelievable computer skills, has chosen Gleason's corner of paradise because she wants to be left alone. But Abigail clearly does n ...more
As far as romantic suspense goes, it doesn't get any better than this!

There are only a few books that I can honestly say I would LOVE to see turned into movies. The Witness is one of those books. I loved the suspense, the story, the romance, and the characters. It captured my attention from the beginning and didn't allow me to do anything else until I was finished. It's been awhile since a book has had that kind of power over me.

Elizabeth Fitch was raised by a cold, heartless, mean, controlling
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Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She began writing when a blizzard in February 1979 kept her in her hilltop home with a three and six year old for nearly a week of canceled kindergarten and dwindling chocolate supplies.

During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write a story for her own entertainment. From the first page, she knew it was wha
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