Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man's seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.
Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems to be the quickest way to draw attention in a tiny southern town.
The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Her sharp, logical mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if he doesn't know what - and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed.
Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
©2012 Nora Roberts (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
What a story---What a performance!
This is one of the best audiobooks I've listen to. It's abridged, but so well edited one would never know there was a longer version. I think I prefer the abridged version because the Mafia assassination the 16 year old girl witnessed and other scenes of violence are no-doubt more detailed in the unabridged version. Julia Whelan's performance draws you into the story... it's as if you can see the scenes and feel the fear of the witness.
"The Witness" has much to recommend it: likable characters, humor, mystery, romance. I don't want to spoil anything; by not knowing what will happen next is part of the books appeal....I listened to it in one night. I was so caught up in Elizabeth/Abigail and Brook's story I didn't want it to end.
I highly recommend it!
"Too too juvenile"
Apparently I wasn't familiar with Nora Roberts and simply got taken in by all the rave reviews. I tried to like the story but just couldn't hang with the teeny-bopper scene.
"A Tightly Wrapped Cliché !"
So this girl is not only beautiful and stinking rich, but she also has a gorgeous body, is highly intelligent, speaks numerous languages, has an eidetic memory (but of course), cooks like a master chef and is a ninja with a gun and thus shoots with flawless grouping. Oh come on!!
This kind of teenage fantasy plot is nauseating!
The narration by Julia Whelan however is good. Give her a decent story to narrate and it will be a sure success.
I really liked this book. a real page turner. couldn't put it down. loved it
"Took a different turn"
I wasn't expecting so much of a love story but it still turned out to be a very interesting book. I enjoyed not exactly knowing where the plot was going to go.
"Easy to listen to suspense novel."
The story was predictable. My first audible book. I enjoyed listening to the story. . The narrator did a good job presenting different characters.
"A pleasure to listen"
Like the story very much. Love the performance or the reader, her enunciation and inflections as well as her ability to differenciate characters through out the voice tone.
"Good Job Nora."
I struggle to find books worth listening to. Thank you for fixing that. I look forward to adding other titles of hers to my collection.
"Good story- just too much romance for my tastes"
Too much romance for me, but I recommend it to those that like romance. Narration was good. I will get more abridged books.
yes it sure did. You just didn't know who to trust.
No, but I really enjoyed her work on this one.
Listen to your mother
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