Monday, 24 March 2014

The Witness by Nora Roberts

Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Piatkus (23 May 2013)
Language: Unknown
ISBN-10: 074995521X
ISBN-13: 978-0749955212

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
author--and will leave people hungering for more.

Cover: The cover is what it is.  It's not my favourite of her book covers, but I don't hate it.

Last year I read Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts, and thought it was her best book for a while.  I was hoping The Witness would be of the same standard.
I didn't enjoy The Witness as much as Whiskey Beach.
This book was nothing stand out or different.
Elizabeth witnessed a russian mob hit when she was 16, when she tried to prosecute they attacked her safe house.  She's been on the run, changing her identity, keeping tabs on them with her computer hacking skills- ever since.  See what I mean- you've heard that plotline before.
The romance element wasn't bad- but it didn't develop well enough.  It just sort of happened- and considering Elizabeth/Abigail's trust issues didn't come across as very plausible either.
Over all the plot was sound, even if it wasn't stand out.
I did enjoy reading it, but I wasn't wowed.
3/5 stars.

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