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The Witness (Shield of Honor #1)

4.08  ·  Rating Details  ·  7,046 Ratings  ·  283 Reviews
Police Chief Luke Granger's witness to a murder, Amy Griffin, has been on the run for years. Her family thinks she was murdered eight years ago, but Amy chose to accept a life in the shadows in order to protect her sisters' lives. Now unveiled secrets about their father have thrust the sisters into the public spotlight. The man who wants Amy dead now sees her sisters as th ...more
Hardcover, 378 pages
Published January 1st 2006 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Olivia
Those who loved her O'Malley series, will find this nearly equal in quality. It is intense, draws your attention from the first page, and makes you keep reading. I really enjoyed this!!

What I liked:
-The first chapter. WOW! It pulls you in right away. I had a hard time putting it down after that.
-The sisters. Love them. I can so understand how it feels being far away from a sister and my throat choked up on the reunion.
-Marsh and Conner. Before their POV's were introduced, I really liked Luke, bu
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Sid Frost
Nov 20, 2010 Sid Frost rated it really liked it
I must admit this is the first Dee Henderson book I've read so I didn't know what to expect. I bought it because it was said to be a Christian romance thriller. It begins with a bang and I couldn't put the book down for the first quarter or so. Then, it seems to go into slow motion for the next fifty percent or so. Then it kicks in again for the close. I was okay with the resolution of the story, unlike other reviewers. I didn't spot the lack of editing as some have reported, but I was distracte ...more
Beth Peninger
I have read two other series of Dee Henderson's and have enjoyed her immensely because she, like Francine Rivers, came to Christian fiction from secular writing. So her stories always manage to stay further away from the sappy kind of Christian stuff that can be out there. Plus Henderson is super interested in heroes/law enforcement/crime solving and as I am too her books become an even bigger draw for me. Unfortunately something has changed with Henderson or her publisher or someone because thi ...more
Jessica Allen
Plot: I really enjoyed the plot. From page one, you are thrown into conflict and it doesn't end until the last chapter. There are so many twists and turns that when something begins to seem predictable, the story goes in another direction.

Characters: It was hard to identify with the characters in this book. I understand that some of the characters needed to have their identities more shaded, but I felt that all of them were portrayed in this way. I didn't feel that there was enough personal qual
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Samantha
Dec 20, 2007 Samantha rated it really liked it
I was really unsure of this book after reading some of the reviews. I had gotten into the O'Malley series and loved the True Heroes series. So I gave it a shot and I'm glad I did. I liked the character development in this book and feel that it is probably the first book of a new series. I think Ms. Henderson was trying to get everyone introduced and page time. I enjoyed the bond that the chief and Amy had together. As others have stated this isn't a preachy book, but I did like how she wove God ...more
Lynnea
Nov 22, 2008 Lynnea rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
THE WITNESS was very good - hard to put down at times. I liked the mix of mystery and romance, although the romance part was extremely predictable. The "Christian Fiction" category is a bit misleading - it's not Christian Fiction in the same sense as Karen Kingsbury or Janette Oke. Henderson's characters mention God every once in a while but Christianity is not the basic theme throughout the book.

This is the first Dee Henderson book I have read and now I will have to find more.
Loraine
Dee Henderson has done it once again. This "can't-put-the-book-down" thriller has a strong storyline and well developed characters. The 7 main characters: three closely bonded sisters, their romantic interests, and their cousin are creatively crafted. The story line hooks you from page 1 with numerous twists and turns that keep the reader turning pages.
Martha
I really liked this book. Although it is listed as a romance, I felt the romance was more low-key. The inspiration aspects were even more low-key, but still definitely there. To me, the more major aspect of the book was the suspense, and that kept me wanting to know what would happen next.
Lou
I really enjoy the mystery parts but I felt bored when the romantic scenes began. Male characters were too idealistic and although it's a fiction novel, I felt it too surreal. However, I liked the plot and the suspense had a good pace.
Miss Clark
Mar 10, 2009 Miss Clark rated it did not like it
I honestly was not interested by this book and while there was nothing downright objectionable with it, I still would not recommend it. It was plain boring and I did not much care for the characters.
Mollie
Jul 22, 2009 Mollie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, mystery
I couldn't put it down. Don't start it late at night.
Rivka Ray
2.5stars
This book was slow and disappointing for a Dee Henderson book. It actually started off well. Even though I am not one for much romance in my novels, I did not mind it here. It was actually kinda fun. It was not a love at first sight thing (something I detest) but grew over time. Not exactly the most believable situation, but still fun.

Now, the mystery. The mystery was quite lacking. It cropped up now and then, but was more of a backdrop to the story. I was supposed to feel that it threat
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Marie
Aug 17, 2013 Marie rated it it was ok
I loved Henderson's O'Malley series and this was the first book outside of that series that I read by her. I regret to say I was some what disappointed in this one. Why? Quasi-spoiler here but not really--she kills off a main character like 300-something pages in with a single sentence. I don't like it when authors do that. It makes me feel as if the character he/she created didn't merit enough respect to be finished off with a great deal of care and effort put into the writing of the death scen ...more
Mary
Jan 26, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
This book was good! Told the story of one sister who witnessed a shooting several years ago and was presumed dead as she was hit, too. Several years later, she is working at a jewelry store and it's robbed and she saw the robber. Turns out, her family has thought she was dead all these years since they hadn't heard from her. She kind of formed a bond of sorts with a police officer and then she disappeared again. He was hoping to see her sometime. Her sisters inherited an obscene amount of money ...more
Brittany
May 21, 2016 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This was a really good book. I still enjoyed the O'Malley series more, but this one had some good suspense and mystery in it too. There is the subject of an affair, but nothing detailed. Also, I am giving it four stars because it seemed to be dragged out a tad bit in the middle of the book ( in my opinion) .
Adrienne Testa
Jan 08, 2012 Adrienne Testa rated it liked it
The story is a bit long but interesting to keep you turning the pages. The story starts where the deputy police chief meets a woman who is witness to a jewelry store killing. She is able to identify the shooter and the police are able to close the case. Unbeknownst to the deputy police chief the woman is on the run for the past eight years, surviving a shooting where her boyfriend was killed. The story fast forward where the deputy police chief become the police chief and she comes back into his ...more
Linda Walters
Jun 11, 2016 Linda Walters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Outstanding!! Great story, great people in it as well! I couldn't possibly name a favorite, I was pulling for so many of them. The main mystery and the other subplots were done so well and really kept my attention. The stories of each sister in the story was an interesting twist to begin with. So was the way that Luke and Amy first meet, and the connection that was cautiously made between them over time. There were several twists towards the end, one I have to say that stunned me and I'm not so ...more
Chiquedee
Nov 08, 2015 Chiquedee rated it really liked it
Enjoyed reading this one compared to other Dee Henderson titles. I actually thought this was better developed compared to say 'Taken' or 'Unspoken'. Some of the dialogue I could've done without and still followed the story.

The Amy storyline began as a very plausible one but as it progressed, it took a few turns that weren't very convincing. Amy (using an alias) lives in the same town (or was it city) as her sisters who think she is dead (murdered). Granted, if you don't want to be found you can
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Jennifer
Apr 07, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked this unabridged audiobook at the library, having never heard of Dee Henderson before. The "jacket" sounded intriguing, so I gave it a shot. It started out fast and exciting, for about one chapter. Then, I found myself reading a Christian Romantic Thriller... is this a genre? I didn't even know it existed. I like thrillers, but the "thriller" part of this novel was only just enough to keep me listening to the end.

The premise was a woman who was running from an organized crime type guy fi
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Sara
Feb 27, 2010 Sara rated it really liked it
Enjoyable and suspenseful. In regards to the gruesomeness of the details, this book was unlike others of Dee Henderson's and I like that. It was also intersting to have 3 romantic relationships in this book. The story was detailed and had a great twist at the end. I was shocked that a main character was killed off, but it added a new aspect to Henderson's writing. I could see this being a series...if only Dee Henderson would start writing/publish a book again.
Michelle
I did like this book but it seemed kind of forced. I have read the O'Malley series and I liked it better. She tried to keep the plot going and then suddenly decided the book was long enough and just wrapped it up. But the characters and plot idea were interesting. It wasn't very realistic and it was a good light read. It is slated as Christian fiction but the inserts about faith feel forced. God didn't really figure much into the book.
Penny
This is the first Dee Henderson book I've read. I read it for my church book club. The book is very plot-driven, little to no character development. It reminded me of a TV crime/detective show. I enjoy watching those kinds of shows, but not necessarily reading them. I rated it with three stars because it was readable with a good story. It was a bit too simplistic for my taste, however.
Jaci
Mar 30, 2015 Jaci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Toda la trama que tiene el libro, es increible, pero no me gustó el personaje principal (Amy).
A pesar de ello, muchas de las cosas que pasan dentro de este relato es bastante interesante, además te atrapa desde la primera página.
Me gustó la acción que hubo, e incluso, el romance en medio de la acción.
El mensaje claramente es la confianza en Dios, porque Él nos protegerá del mal.
Kerrfunk
Jul 24, 2014 Kerrfunk rated it did not like it
I listened to this book on CD during a 5-hour drive. The reader was pleasing enough, a woman reading with different voices for a host of characters.

I'd say the story was fair and pretty much forgettable, but it passed the time fine. That being said, I won't be seeking more books by Henderson.

I didn't know this was "Christian fiction" or Christian romance or what, I just had a long drive and I dig cop thrillers.

The suspense part was fine. I figured things out when we were supposed to.
The occasion
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Stacy
Jun 03, 2009 Stacy rated it liked it
A book I checked out of the library, as I had read another by this author and liked it. I enjoyed this as much as the first - sort of a Christian based murder mystery/whodunit kind of book. Lots of good relationship stuff thrown in too, so it was right up my alley as a good, easy read. I'll look for more by this author to read...
Kenzie Bennett
Mar 17, 2014 Kenzie Bennett rated it it was ok
I started reading this book because I love Dee Henderson as an author. She has wrote many amazing books that I have read over and over again. However, this book I had a hard time with. I started it a couple times, and never finished because of the slowness. Then, I finally decided, that I needed to read it and finish it completely.
The beginning sucked me in, then it got slower and slower, until I was skimming the pages because it felt so long. Then it got AWESOME for about a chapter, then slowe
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Debra
Apr 13, 2014 Debra rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
In all fairness, I'm not a romantic suspense person, and evidently I didn't read the info about it before I started reading. So it's possible my perspective of how good of a book it was has to do with it not being a genre I usually enjoy.

With that said, I see books like these as two subjects. The suspense portion was good, with enough twists and turns to be interesting. The romance portion was a bit contrived, but not nearly as much as others in this genre. Some of it grew organically out of the
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LeAnn
Jul 21, 2009 LeAnn rated it it was amazing
this book is very well written, i like when they changed from one charator to the next with out it getting boring. i cuaght my attention right away when i was reading it, the first sentence was by far the best.
Heidi Kelsch
Dec 04, 2015 Heidi Kelsch rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Such a thriller! I don't think any of the books by Dee Henderson that I have read previously have had so many twists and turns in the plot! I couldn't even begin to solve the mysteries as they unfolded and I had no idea how it would turn out. The story at the beginning turned out to be way bigger than I expected! And such a plot twister towards the end! I had to go back and reread it to make sure it actually happened! So many emotions - you feel like you're with the sisters as the plot thickens ...more
Shalonda Williams
Nov 11, 2009 Shalonda Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-read
This book was awesome. I caught me right away! The courtship was great. There was sadness and heartache, but much joy. The story was great.
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Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Awa
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