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The Witness by Nora Roberts
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May 24, 12

I am never disappointed by Nora Roberts writing either as herself or as JD Robb.

The Witness is another winner in a long line of keepers for me.

Teenaged Elizabeth witnesses a Russian mob hit and one of the victims is her friend Julie, simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Elizabeth escapes with her life and goes into protective custody with the US Marshall service as she waits to testify. The only true normalcy in her young life is found in a safe house, where she bonds with her deputies. The long arm of the mob touches her again as an agent takes a bribe, kills the other marshalls and once again, Elizabeth barely escapes with her life. She goes off the grid, deep underground because she knows she can't trust law enforcement anymore.

Years later, she's living quietly in a tint Ozark town as Abigail, trying to stay under the radar, armed to the teeth and with a hard core security system. She is noticed by the watchful sheriff of this sleepy community, and a relationship develops.

Abigail's trust issues are understandably legion and legitimate but Brooks and his family, as well as most of the rest of the town, make her one of their own. The woman who's had to fend for herself for so long, who has tried to live invisibly, finds herself while hiding out.

Seeing Abigail transform under Brooks, watching her decide to live as opposed to survive, is a great read. Read this in one shot, couldn't put it down.

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