Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Book review: The Witness by Nora Roberts


"Daughter of a controlling mother, Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever.

Twelve years later, the woman known as Abigail Lowery lives on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she designs sophisticated security systems—and supplements her own security with a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. But Abigail’s reserve only intrigues police chief Brooks Gleason. Her logical mind, her secretive nature, and her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be revealed." - Penguin Group

This past week was a big week for Nora Roberts. The Witness came out last Tuesday as Nora Roberts 200th book. She doesn't disappoint with this light suspense/contemporary romance. The book is broken down in 4 parts. Elizabeth, Brooks, Abigail and Elizabeth again to finish. Elizabeth has a awful childhood. She was born and bred with one purpose to be what he mother wanted her to be. To be molded. At the age of 16 she took a stand against that and rebelled. It's not often teenage rebellion turns into death by Russian mafia though. In the first part you get young Elizabeth's story. What leads up to her whole life changing forever and being on her own at the age of 17 when she witnesses a violent crime. In Brooks part of the book you get a intro to him and his intro to Elizabeth now known as Abigail. The story goes through Abigail and Brooks and him  finally getting through to her that he's there for her. She can trust him. Elizabeth/Abigail is this amazing character. Her mind analyzes everything and she is extremely smart but lacking in some social areas because of her early upbringing. The woman is simply amazing. With all she's been through she's not bitter but she is cautious. She's got guns everywhere and a big ole dog to protect her. Knows how to look out for herself. Brooks is awesome. A Easy going guy with a big heart and enough humor in him that rubs off bit by bit on Elizabeth/Abigail. He teaches her about what it's like to really live. She never learned that as a kid. How to have fun and just be and Brooks gives that to her along with unconditional love. I loved all the characters. Probably Brooks the most but Abigail got into my heart. She didn't really have a life until Brooks came along. When he did she resisted at first because she had made her life a pattern. Surviving was her life. Staying physically alive and that's it. Once Brooks got under her skin she was finding it was OK to just be and do things that felt good just because she wanted to. This book feels like it's going to be suspenseful based on the first part where Elizabeth's past is explained but it's actually  more on the relationship of Brooks and Abigail and her finding her way to be free. I liked it a lot. 4 out of 5 Modokker Book Pick Stars. Congrats to Nora Roberts on her 200th book. Hope there are many more in her future to come.

Find out more about this book and Nora Roberts other works on her website. You can also access a excerpt there for this book. www.noraroberts.com

The Witness is available now everywhere books are sold.

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