Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts

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Review: The Witness by Nora Roberts
The Witness

4 Stars

Book Info

Released: April 17th 2012
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
Pages: 492

“…the romance is strong and the characters are interesting.”
~ Under the Covers

As you may have already noticed, I’ve been diving into the massive Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb backlist since last year.  So when Ang from PNR Book Lover Reviews recommended that I read THE WITNESS for 12 Reads 12 Friends, I knew I had to include it on my list.

It was to be expected that I enjoy this book no matter what.  I have yet to read a NR book that I don’t like in some way (well, maybe with the exception of YEAR ONE).  But I don’t think it blew me away.  And I think that comes from expectations.  I’m used to the In Death series, which has pretty steady intrigue and/or action.  Those are fast paced books.  There was something a little more subdued about this story.  It doesn’t have big, loud moments.

All that being said, I really loved the premise for this story.  Our main heroine is basically a genius but also grew up without the love of a family.  Her mother treated her in a very mechanical way and molded her to be exactly what she was expecting a daughter will become.  Her upbringing was all very cold and scientific.  So at 16, when she gets the chance to have a girlfriend and sneak into a club, wearing something she wouldn’t have been allowed to and go dance to music she couldn’t think of listening to, she feels freedom for the first time.  But that freedom is quickly extinguished when she witnesses the murder of her friend and has to go on the run from the Russian mob.

I loved Elizabeth’s joy for life and also her intelligence.  Her survival depended in many ways on both for a long time and I think she did the best she could with her situation.  The love interest is chief of police Brooks, and he’s another lovable character that you can’t help but fall for from the very beginning.  Their relationship went from 0 to 60 a little too fast for me.  But there’s no denying that they have great chemistry and are just a cute couple.

This book has a very small town vibe to it, it’s laid back even with some more serious and dangerous subjects lurking in the background.  I wanted to delve a little more into that aspect, but the romance is strong and the characters are interesting.  It’s definitely a book that keeps you glued to the pages waiting for more.




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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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Sounds interesting, thank you.


Sounds good. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it Francesca

Amy R

Thanks for the review.