Book Review - The Witness

Title: The Witness

Written By: Nora Roberts

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About Nora Roberts (Few lines from the book) –

Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world. She has achieved numerous top five bestsellers in the UK, including number one for Savour the Moment and The Witness, and is a Sunday Times hardback bestseller writing as J.D Robb.

ISBN:  978-0749955212

Cover Price: Rs. 350.00

Rating:  4/5

Something about the book (from the book’s cover):

Abigail Lowery has a dark and terrifying secret. Aged just sixteen, she witnessed a shocking mafia murder. Narrowly escaping with her life, she was forced to leave her old identity – even her real name – behind for good.

Fifteen years later Abigail is still hiding from the world – a semi- recluse in the quiet, rural town of Bickford, Arkansas. She has convinced herself that this is all she needs: peace, safety ... and her faithful guard dog Bret.

But Brooks Gleason, the local chief of police, has other ideas. Abigail intrigues him – and he’d like nothing better than to break through the walls she has built around herself. His persistence and determination to uncover the truth is unsettling, exciting – and dangerous. One way or another, it will change both their lives forever.

Now for my View:

A well plotted thriller backed by subtle romance that’s The Witness in my view. I had heard a lot about Nora Roberts but never really had gotten around to reading any of her works up until The Witness. And trust me, the moment I began reading the book I realized why she is one of the most celebrated authors in the world.

The book begins in the summer of 2000 when a sixteen year old Elizabeth Fitch was taken into witness protection for being the sole witness in murders committed by members of the Russian mafia. Her testimony was vital, capable of bringing down key figures in the Mafia Family. But things changed drastically on the night of her seventeenth birthday, when some of her protectors turned side in an attempt to kill her, silence her forever. But she ran, far and away, a scared yet genius teenager years ahead of her age. And some years down the line, she became Abigail Lowery living in the rural town of Bickford, cut off from everyone and everything except her dog, Bret.

The fact that she never socialized, always ordered online except for occasional visits to the market, lived alone, always paid in cash and held licenses for several weapons spiked the interest of the locals, particularly the local chief of Police, Brooks Gleason. He felt drawn towards her to unearth the mystery. His persistence and relentless attitude annoyed Abilgail but it was hard for her to push him away. Perhaps there was more to his pushiness than just curiosity. Perhaps Brooks was attracted to Abigail and so was she to him. But her past stood in between them. After being on the run for years, living under assumed identities and never trusting another soul, she had become awkward at social interactions and relationships. With Brooks the balance that she had carefully attained in her life began to dwindle. What happened next?

What happened when they came together? Or, did they come together at all? Was Abigail able to confide in Brooks and did Brooks believe her? And what about the Russian Mafia who even after years hadn’t given up on their pursuit of Elizabeth? Would they catch up to her? Well if I tell you the answers to all these questions, I’d be taking the fun out of your experience of reading The Witness and I wouldn’t want to do that, would I?

The strength of The Witness is its plot. I felt that the plot had been woven and the book written with immense patience. I know it’s a strange observation to make considering every good book needs the author to possess that quality. But that is exactly what I felt. The way she had woven the plot and the characters, the situations, all of it really, seemed to have been done with precision and never for a moment did I feel rushed. Nora Roberts made each page of the book worth my time. From the murders, the run, the chase and the hiding, everything was perceived superbly. And then the emergence of Abigail few years down the line, her lifestyle, what she did for a living, all of it was exciting to read. The emergence of Brooks into the plot and every turn, every event thereafter moved the story forward and I just kept being won over each time I turned a page.

The character of Elizabeth or Abigail, the way she spoke or thought, the way she reacted to situations and her social awkwardness, was another forte of the book. I found her a little like Temperance Brennan of Bones and that made the book an even better read for me.

The way Nora Roberts maneuvered this tale made me edgy. I found myself always on the lookout for the Russian Mafia ending up at Abigail’s doorstep. Infact, so excellent was the build up and writing, the entire tale basically, that even I began looking at each character skeptically just as Abigail!

If at all I have to put a finger on to something that didn’t work for me in the book, I’d have to say the ease with which Brooks and Abigail fell for each other. But it’s not so much of what didn’t work, but just a passing thought that never really stopped the flow of the tale. All in all, it’s a minor hitch that could very easily be ignored.

It’s a great Nora Robert’s book. For the entire duration that I had been reading this book, never for a moment did I want to put it down. As clichéd as it gets, I must add that this book was truly un-put-down-able!  This is truly not one of the books that you would read a little at a time. The union of the characters with the plot made this an excellent read, one I would recommend to one and all!


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