An Impressive Read
It’s been very long time sinve I’ve been able to find the time to read my way through an entire book. I decided to treat myself a few weeks back and bought one of Nora Roberts latest. An evening with Roberts is almost always a entertaining and cosy read. In the case of The Witness, she surpassed expectations and thoroughly impressive this sometimes cynical reader.
The Witness is the story about Abigail Lowery, who at sixteen witnesses a mafia murder and through a series of events, finds herself on the run and forced to change her identity.
Roberts takes us through Abigail’s relationship with her controlling mother, her rebellionous moment that ends in death, U.S. Marshalls who befriend and protect her, and the events that teach her that she can’t trust anyone, even those who hold a badge.
Years later, Abigail is still in hiding, now an expert in security systems, a computer and hacking genius working from home. Moving around, trusting no one and living like a reculsive hermit has become her life and her only companion is a huge guard dog. These carefully laid prinicples start to go up in smoke, however, when she moves to the small rural town of Brickford, and catches the interest of the local chief of police.
Brooks Gleason finds the hostile Abigail intriguing and isn’t put off by some very clear signals to back away. The more he gets to know Abigail the more questions he has. What is she hiding? Why does she have a monaster of a dog waiting to rip someone’s leg off? And why is there handguns everywhere in her house, including the cultery drawer?
Roberts is typically a romance writer. By The Witness is a lot more than a simple romance novel. The page turner for me was the incredible job she does at characterisation. I, literally could feel her characters breathing. They were alive. The increasing sense of impending danger was also a very good motivation to turn the page. Right up until the end, I wasn’t sure how it was going to pan out and had to stamp out the urge to flick ahead and see.
I recommend The Witness as one of the best, THE BEST, Nora Roberts books I’ve read, and I’m not saying that because I’m a fan (because sometimes she meets my expectations and sometimes not). This book is populated with living, breathing, fascinating characters.
On my ending note, I can only say that when a book makes you laugh out loud several times, the author has done a top notch job and derserves the royalties.
xx The Girl in Trousers