TBR Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts


The Witness
by Nora Roberts
Series: None
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Published by Penguin, 2012
492 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: 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.

“After weighing the pros and cons, I’ve decided sex with you would be mutually satisfying. You’re attractive and pleasant. And clean. You kiss very well, and while I’ve found that’s not always a reliable gauge for skill in bed, it often follows. If you’re agreeable, we can finish dinner, I’ll show you the greenhouse, then we can go in and have sex. I’m on birth control, but I would require you wear a condom.”
The minute her feet hit the ground, the puppy who’d begun to yip and dance at her voice leaped so high he executed a midair flip before he tumbled into a sprawl.
The woman laughed, scooped him up as unsnapped his lead.
“Come on!” she called again. “Come on and introduce Abigail to your little brother.”
“Her favorite son right now, too,” Brooks told Abigail. “Let’s say hey.”


  • I haven’t read any Nora Roberts books for quite a while. I do like a number of her stand-alone romantic suspense books and this is excellent.
  • I love Bert. He’s a wonderful character and wonderful dog.
  • Abigail and Brooks are such great characters. She has been through so much and she’s survived and found happiness and courage. Brooks is a law enforcement officer in the best sense of the word. He’s all about “Serve and Protect.” I like them so much.
  • I love how direct Abigail is. She says exactly what she thinks and it’s often hilarious. (Check out the first quote!)
  • There is a lot of suspense in this book. I was never sure when something scary might happen.
  • Sometimes with a romantic suspense I feel the suspense suffers because of the romance or the romance feels shoehorned in and unrealistic. That isn’t the case for me with this book. I feel Nora Roberts got the mix nearly perfect.


  • The ending is good, but I thought it was a little too easy.

And a few thoughts . . .

  • I’ve had this book for about a year and I’m so glad I finally read it. I read it quickly considering I was with my SIL and BIL much of the time and though I wanted to read felt I’d be a little rude if I did so…LOL.
  • It was the perfect book for me at this time. I wouldn’t want to read the first part of the book if I’d been by myself as I will be next week since my husband is traveling for work. I found the first part of the book especially suspenseful.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author: Jan

I love to read--especially mysteries, science fiction and fantasy. I also love blogging, photography, gardening, playing Mah Jonng, reading with a cat on my lap, throwing a ball for a dog, creating cards to send to family and friends, reading book blogs, using my computer.

10 thoughts on “TBR Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts”

  1. I really enjoyed this one as well though I definitely agree about the ending being a bit too easy. I remember this one being one of her scarier books so definitely best not to read on your own! This is one of her newer ones I’ve thought about rereading. Have you read The Collector? It had a similar feel though not quite as dark.


  2. I read it and enjoyed it. I don’t recall much about the ending but I actually didn’t find it all that suspenseful. I thought the romance and the characterizations were the best part.


    1. It was the first part of the book I found scary and the second half suspenseful! I also really liked the romance and characterizations.


  3. I’ve never actually read one of Nora Roberts’ contemporary books. I’ve read a couple of her Eve Dallas series under the name J.D. Robb and really enjoyed them, though! Too tidy endings can be annoying but it sounds like the wonderful cast of characters and banter made it great. I love good banter and humour in a contemporary book, personally!


    1. I like the J.D. Robb books, too. I haven’t read one for awhile and I’m not quite sure where I left off, but I do like them. I think Nora Roberts does a great job with her characters.


  4. I love, love, love this book, and these characters. Abigail broke my heart and made it whole again more than once as I read.

    And while I agree with you that the resolution to her conflict was a tad too easy to swallow, but I thought it would be a good long while–if ever–that Abigail would relax her vigilance, so I was mostly okay with it.


    1. I agree this just hit the right spot for me. And Abigail is such a wonderful character. Also agree Abigail wouldn’t relax her vigilance easily or quickly.


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