À 16 ans, Elizabeth Fitch est une jeune fille modèle à l'avenir tout tracé : élève surdouée, elle s'est toujours pliée aux ordres de sa mère, une femme froide et autoritaire. Jusqu'au jour où elle décide de se rebeller. Avec son amie Julie, elle s'offre une soirée dans la discothèque la plus branchée de la ville, propriété du puissant clan Volkov. La folle nuit finit trag...more
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 ...more
It’s hard to deny the talent and mass appeal of Nora Roberts considering The Witness is her 200th book. I mean...wow! 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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
4 ½ 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 c ...more
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. ...more
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&H...my only issue is that I wish we had more of an epilogue.
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 ...more
This novel feels like an odyssey. It start ...more
This one decision leads to the witnessing of a horrible crime committed by a crim ...more
This is Nora Roberts' 200th book, but I had never read her before. I understand this is outside her normal formula to some degree. What made this book for me is the awesome narrator and the fabulous heroine, followed closely by a wonderful hero. Abigail and Brooks just made me grin, ear to ear! I simply loved them! And Bert, her dog, and his mom, Su ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...more
I’ve read 13 books by Nora Roberts. I was averaging 3 ½ stars for her books written in the 1990s. But then I gave 4 ½ 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 be ...more
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 ...more
reading this i went through all of these stages :
first surprised of how it all went down hill after breaking the rules.
a little bit boring in the middle but worth it.
Amazed at how everything sorted itself out.
★★★★★ & a Wow! (This is a review of the audiobook.) Wonderfully narrated by Julia Whelan. I had to speed it up a little and her differentiation between characters isn't perfect, but her pacing and tone are great. I loved her voice for Elizabeth/Abigail, the heroine, and Brooks, the hero.
Excellent, riveting story, with a heroine to root for and a hero to smile and swoon over.
Then I got really annoyed. Something was nagging at me. I realized that the main character - at least in the way she speaks and her personality - is ...more
While this is Nora Roberts' 200th novel (200th!!! - and she's even written more since!!), it's my first time reading something of hers... and certainly not my last. If all of her stuff is as tightly woven and entertaining as 'The Witness' I can certainly understand her success and popularity.
While I would classify this as romantic suspense, it had a much different tone than what I'm used to when ...more
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Eleanor Marie Robertson was born on October 10, 1950 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She was the youngest of five children, also the only girl, of a marriage with Irish ancestors. Her family were avid readers, so books were always important in her life. She attended a Catholic school and credits the nuns with instilling in her a sense of discipline. During her ...more