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ARC Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts
The Witness
Book Info

Released: April 17, 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 757


Shortly after beginning THE WITNESS, I wondered if this book was the right match for me. I kept with it and am I SO GLAD I did because this book ended up being another great read by Nora Roberts.

Elizabeth is a star college student, a brainiac with big aspirations and she possesses the natural talent to achieve them. Unfortunately, the dream she is pursuing as a doctor isn’t really her dream. It’s her controlling mother’s plan for her. One day Elizabeth just snaps and finally takes a stand against her mother. After a huge fight, Elizabeth does everything she had always wished to do – cut off all her hair, get her ears pierced, shop for thongs and go clubbing. As she does all these things, she makes her first friend and with fake IDs created by Elizabeth herself, they hit the hottest club in the city.

After some drinks and some dancing, the girls are picked up by the owners of the club. Rumor has it that they are associated with some dangerous people. As Elizabeth agrees to go to their home, she knows that something bad is about to happen…

THE WITNESS is a great thriller. The events in this book will have you on the edge of your seats. The villains are badass and scary and the cops are heroic and you cannot help but root for them. What I liked most about this book was the different parts to it. The beginning of it is set slightly in the past to show how much Elizabeth has come from that one unforgettable night. The next part introduces Brooks Gleason whom I adored to bits! With this part, we see a different part of Elizabeth. She’s living alone with her guns in hiding and with her solitude, she has lost some of her social skills. With Brooks persistence, he coaxes her out of her hiding spot, showing her that she doesn’t have to hide anymore.

The romance is slow-building, but satisfying, showing that Roberts will always be one of the best romance authors out there. With the pulse-pounding events of this novel, readers will devour this book in one night like I have because of the bond you forge with the characters. You just want to know what happens.

I am so glad I found this book because now I can recommend it to others who adore Nora and her books. THE WITNESS is not one you should miss!

*ARC provided by publisher

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About Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts was born in Silver Spring, Maryland, the youngest of five children. After a school career that included some time in Catholic school and the discipline of nuns, she married young and settled in Keedysville, Maryland.

She worked briefly as a legal secretary. “I could type fast but couldn’t spell, I was the worst legal secretary ever,” she says now. After her sons were born she stayed home and tried every craft that came along. A blizzard in February 1979 forced her hand to try another creative outlet. She was snowed in with a three and six year old with no kindergarten respite in sight and a dwindling supply of chocolate.

Born into a family of readers, Nora had never known a time that she wasn’t reading or making up stories. During the now-famous blizzard, she pulled out a pencil and notebook and began to write down one of those stories. It was there that a career was born. Several manuscripts and rejections later, her first book, Irish Thoroughbred, was published by Silhouette in 1981.

Nora met her second husband, Bruce Wilder, when she hired him to build bookshelves. They were married in July 1985. Since that time, they’ve expanded their home, traveled the world and opened a bookstore together.

Through the years, Nora has always been surrounded by men. Not only was she the youngest in her family, but she was also the only girl. She has raised two sons. Having spent her life surrounded by men, Ms. Roberts has a fairly good view of the workings of the male mind, which is a constant delight to her readers. It was, she’s been quoted as saying, a choice between figuring men out or running away screaming.

Nora is a member of several writers groups and has won countless awards from her colleagues and the publishing industry. Recently The New Yorker called her “America’s favorite novelist.”

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  1. I can’t wait to read this book….I really love how Ms. Roberts writes strong female characters who’ve gone through some really challenging situations that have brought out the best in them. I loved The Search and Chasing Fire and this sounds like another great book to look forward to. Great review

  2. Thanks for a great review! I’ve got my copy preordered and I can’t wait to get it 🙂 I’ve really been enjoying la Nora’s romantic suspense. She’s been raising the bar and I can’t wait for each new book 😉

  3. I tried Nora Roberts before, and it didn’t do it for me, this is coming out on audio tomorrow and I’m thinking about giving her another shot after reading your review.
    I would say “great review”..(oops I said it) but you already know that I think they all are great.

  4. Timitra, I consider Roberts one of the best romance authors out there. Period. Try one and let me know what you think.

    Hi Erin! Thanks! She definitely raises the bar with this one. I was impressed.

    Lupdilup, I love her work as JD Robb as well. Have you read those books?


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