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.
With a quirky, unforgettable heroine and a pulse-pounding plotline, Nora Roberts presents a riveting new read that cements her place as today’s most reliably entertaining thriller — and will leave people hungering for more.
I had to come back and re-read this one after reading The Obsession. It is probably my favorite recent Nora Roberts books and the one I thought about the most when I was reviewing, so be prepared for a ton of compare contrast in this review.
As in the Obsession we see a big chunk of the child before digging into her adult story, and that seems to make a character more relatable for me. And Liz/Abigail is so delightfully quirky/closed off, so much her own person that I adore her. Really, she is quite like Temperance Brennan on the TV show Bones, if you like that sort of thing…which I do (I know a lot of people didn’t care for this character, YMMV). And where Brooks is also practically perfect, since we see his family and how he relates to them, the overall “goodness” of the character makes sense in that light, so I bought him more than I did Xander.
The Witness falls more into the romantic suspense side than the mystery side, as we know who the players and perpetrators are. There is also alot of tech and hacking, so if you are into that it is very interesting. Personally, the house rehabbing of The Obsession, vs the tech here, they’re about equal in interest for me. There are pluses and minuses in each though, and I like Naomi’s relationships with friends better than I do they very tentative opening up we see here in Liz/Abigail. So which is better? I think they are pretty close, which is why I had previously commented on the price of the new release.