A book I´ve read many, many years ago. It is one of those NR books I call a page-turner and one of her best works if you ask me. The combination of crime, romance, and very well created characters gives this story the special something. You experience a permanent thrill from the first page to the last and that is what a reader is looking for in a book.


The Witness
by Nora Roberts
Publisher Penguin Random House on April 17, 2012
Genre Contemporary Romance
Pages 496
Format Hardcover
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Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth Fitch 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. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance security systems designer, her own protection 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 get attention in a tiny southern town. The mystery of Abigail Lowery and her sharp mind, secretive nature and unromantic viewpoint intrigues local police chief Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and professional level. And while he suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, Gleason is accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, not the powerful and dangerous men who are about to have him in their sights. And Abigail Lowery, who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing both.
Story
One night of rebellion and nothing in Abigail Lowery's life is what it used to be. She lives the life of a hermit, goes shopping very early in the morning and trains daily with her dog Bert - not exactly what you can call an exciting everyday life. But then police officer Brooks enters her life, and Abigail begins a period of change and passion.

Style
Nora Robert's writing style is fluid, the reading speed is easy and the plot brilliant. The author has once again managed to create fascinating characters and a captivating story that is not only entertaining but also presents the subject of forgery, programming language, and security in an entertaining way. The Russian mafia - the Bratva - serves as the background and gives the novel an exciting setting. The personal narrative style created by the two characters Abigail and Brooks creates an incredible atmosphere, which is sometimes very upsetting and scary, but never loses its credibility and conviction.

Characters
The most varied characters come together here, enchant, seduce, beat around, provoke, intrigue and kill. The author created warm-hearted figures, cold-hearted ones and those who are simply unable to feel. Dr. Susan Fitch, Abigail's mother - or rather, her producer and educator is the latter. This highly successful surgeon is as far away from a mother as the earth is from the moon. She dictates and determines everything, gives instructions and orders that are lawful for Abigail, and yet, in the end, she has to admit that her project “to be a mother” failed miserably. Abigail finds everything a loving and caring mother can give in Brook´s mother Sunny O'Hara. That woman is full of life, creativity and a clear attitude towards weapons. And she effortlessly succeeds in what Susan Fitch couldn't do for over 16 years: she overwhelms Abigail in a positive sense with her motherliness.


Conclusion
Extremely sensitive, eloquent and written with wonderful humor. This story is a fascinating and wonderfully entertaining novel, full of suspense, drama and unbeatable logic. The Witness has captivated me from the first to the last page. Here you will find a great story between the book covers, which should not only delight Nora Robert fans.


Happy reading







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Nora Roberts, born in Silver Spring, Maryland, is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than 200 novels. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming. Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.” She is also the author of the bestselling futuristic suspense series written under the pen name J. D. Robb. There are more than 500 million copies of her books in print.

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