Nora Roberts The Witness

Last updated date: June 21, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Romance Novels and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Good Reads, Dear Author, Smexy Books, The Good The Bad and The Unread, That Artsy Reader Girl, Impressions of a Reader, More Than A Review, Crawling Over The Pages, Grumpy Book Reviewer and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Romance Novel you should buy.

Overall Take

Nora Roberts impresses once more in her romance novel, "The Witness." With a mysterious vibe through the entire novel and a rich romance brewing, you will feel the hesitation of the main characters through the descriptive writing. An unexpected ending wows readers like never before. In our analysis of 73 expert reviews, the Nora Roberts Nora Roberts The Witness placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 2, 2019:
Checkout The Best Romance Novel for a detailed review of all the top romance novels.

Expert Summarized Score
8.6
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.3
4,427 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Witness is a great way to pass the time. It does not have a lot of angst, but it does have fully realized characters, two great main characters, and a good suspense.
- Dear Author
The more I reflect upon this book the more I like it. This book was fantastic, beautifully developed, and perhaps my new all time favorite Nora Roberts book.The parallels drawn between the event that changed her life and present events was fantastic – and really helped me believe in the catalyst for the heroine’s actions to start living a real life.
- Smexy Books
This is where the story goes from fantastic to blow me away. This book is all about character. The ending is absolutely fantastic. I thought it was going to go one way and Ms. Roberts blew me away with the outcome. I’ve read a lot of Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb books over the years, but this book is by far one of her best books, period.
- The Good The Bad and The Unread
June 3, 2017 | Full review
Things start out very interesting, and I was definitely intrigued.
- That Artsy Reader Girl
August 7, 2017 | Full review
The Witness is a long novel divided into four sections, yet it doesn't "feel" like a long read. One of the aspects of the novel that helps along is the fact that the suspense and the romance are well woven together. There's edge at the beginning, romance with that underlying thrum of suspense plus a few side plots with action throughout the middle to keep the reader on edge, and a satisfying and rather surprising ending to all of it.
- Impressions of a Reader
April 25, 2012 | Full review
Loved this book, from the first page I was hooked. Smart Girl, Russian Mafia, and a dog named Bert, Oh and Brooks he ain't to bad either. From page 1 to 396 it was great.
- More Than A Review
September 2, 2016 | Full review
I love reading every bit of it. This is one of those books that will make you keep turning the page even though you know it’s late and without knowing that it had already came to an end because you realize that it is already the last page of the book. That’s how I felt exactly considering that it was 757 pages. It was awesome! The story is great and I love the characters.
- Crawling Over The Pages
This book was fantastic! There are several novels I have read more than once. This one, however, is the first one I have ever finished, and then within a few days started reading again. I couldn’t seem to get the main character, Liz (a.k.a., Abigail) out of my mind. She was brave, smart, beautiful.
- Grumpy Book Reviewer
What experts didn't like
The main drawback of this book is the lack of emotional conflict. Abigail and Brooks fall for each other pretty easily, particularly given Abigail’s natural reticence. I was surprised that Brooks wasn’t more suspicious of her and worried more about the danger that this strange person would bring to his little town but Brooks is nearly instantly attracted by her and concludes her strangeness must be the result of some danger to Abigail.
- Dear Author
One complaint I will voice is that at times I felt certain conversations were repetitive. Someone would be at a key event or have a specific conversation, then we had to hear a re-telling to someone else. It was important that these other people heard – I’m just not sure as a reader I needed to re-read them.
- Smexy Books
It was SO BORING. By 50%, nothing had happened. There were just so many needless details, many of which were repeated over and over again.
- That Artsy Reader Girl
August 7, 2017 | Full review
Sexual: They talk about it, you know its happening but its not described in detail
- More Than A Review
September 2, 2016 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

*Starred Review* Elizabeth Fitch is tired of living her life by her mother’s strict rules. So the minute her mother leaves for a medical conference, Elizabeth is out the door and headed to the mall. One new wardrobe, one new BFF, and two new fake IDs later, Liz finds herself at Chicago’s hottest nightclub. But before the night is over, Liz will be a witness to murder, when Alex Gurevich, the nightclub owner, is eliminated by two of his business associates. Twelve years later, Liz, now living as Abigail Lowery, has built a new life for herself as a freelance computer-security programmer in Bickford, Arkansas. Abigail’s first and only priority is staying one step ahead of the Russian Mob, who has never stopped trying to get rid of the one living witness to Gurevich’s murder. The only problem is that Bickford’s new chief of police, Brooks Gleason, simply refuses to let her live in peace, and nothing Abigail says or does seems to convince him that she doesn’t need his help. When it comes to flawlessly fusing high-stakes suspense with red-hot romance, Roberts is unrivaled, and her latest addictively readable novel is guaranteed to jangle readers’ nerves and keep them enthralled long past bedtime. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The Witness is romance-legend Roberts’ 200th published novel (her first was Irish Thoroughbred, 1981). Fifty-one of her books have held the number-one slot on the New York Times best-seller list, and it’s a sure bet The Witness will be number 52. --John Charles

Overall Product Rankings

1. Catherine Bybee Half Empty (First Wives Book 2)
Overall Score: 9.9
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Nora Roberts The Witness
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Inglath Cooper That Month in Tuscany
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Catherine Bybee Crazy Little Thing
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Tessa Dare The Duchess Deal: Girl Meets Duke
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 12
6. Maddie Dawson Matchmaking for Beginners
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 10
7. Jenny Hale The Summer House
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Johanna Lindsey Stormy Persuasion
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Josie Silver One Day in December
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Inglath Cooper And Then You Loved Me
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Romance Novels

  • If you are new to the romance novel genre and not sure what author you’ll like, take a trip to your local library before buying the book. This will help you get an idea of the authors and their styles before you build your personal library up with the genre.
  • Try a book in each sub-genre that interests you so you don’t get stuck in a rut of the same sub-genre every time you go for a good romance novel.
  • There are multiple sources for accessing romance novels: brick-and-mortar book stores, online book stores, e-book subscriptions, audiobook subscriptions and libraries.
  • A large influence in the world of books is the publishing company that backs an author. Research the top publishers in the romance novel genre and that will help you find an excellent author and wonderful romance novel.
  • Asking for recommendations from friends is always a great way to discover a good romance novel and romance novel author.
  • Always be sure to read the back cover and the description and ask for a sample if you are in a book store.
  • Online resources offer listings of popular romance novel authors and popular romance novels for your convenience. Check those out before buying.

DYWM Fun Fact

  • 82% of romance novel readers are women, 18% are male.
  • Romance readers range in age primarily from 35 years old to 39 years old.
  • Out of 92% of readers polled, 64% prefer e-books and 35% like audio books.
  • Electronics are the main source for reading among romance novel readers.
  • Romance fiction is a big competitor of other genres and boasts over a billion dollars in sales each year.
  • Romance novel readers can be found globally.
  • Romance novel authors are not exclusive to any one ethnicity or race.
  • 75 million Americans read one romance novel per year.
  • 53% of paperback books that are sold are romance novels.
  • The romance novel industry earns more yearly than the baseball industry.
  • 23% of all U.S. fiction sales were romance novels in 2016 and the second highest sales were the general fiction genre.
  • 35% of romance novel readers are avid followers of 20 or more years reading this genre.

The Romance Novel Buying Guide

Picking out a new book is always a treat and a tough decision. There are so many choices, especially in the romance genre. Using consumer reviews alongside the summaries can help you decide which romance novel is going to captivate you the most. When choosing, you’ll have to ultimately consider the writing style you prefer, but there are a few underlying similarities in the top-rated romance novels out there today.

Two main kinds of romance novels are available to readers: series romances and single-title romances. If you are the type who doesn’t like a book to end, go for the series romance novels for a riveting ride. For a quick vacation read, opt for a single-title romance novel for a simple storyline and quick resolution.

There are two features of a novel that the majority of readers expect in a romance novel. There should always be a main storyline that is extremely saturated with the theme of love. There can be countless subplots so long as there is a clear relationship plot happening. The second aspect is that the ending should be filled with emotional satisfaction and love that does not judge. These two characteristics are fully expected by the readers in every single romance novel, no matter the sub-genre it fits into.

Although there are two major expectations of romance novels, they all carry the same theme of love. Whether it is one-sided love, love lost or love found after a long time, love is the base of a good romance novel. Readers can choose from sub-genres within the romance niche according to their interests. Here are a few sub-genres to consider:

Historical romance is a novel that takes place before 1950 and offers readers a glimpse into the romantic ventures and practices of families back then. They are often nostalgic and give readers a good sense of how customs have changed from then to now. From dating or courting to engagements and weddings, the formalities differ drastically, and these historical romance novels depict them quite well.

Romantic suspense is usually based around a mystery and has thriller aspects to the storyline. Such as in “The Witness” by renowned author Nora Roberts, the main character is an elusive member of her community that poses a great mystery to the town. “Half Empty” (First Wives Book 2) by Catherine Bybee is another suspense romance that gives readers more than just a love story, but a crime story as well. These novels are both intriguing and captivating for their audiences and offer a multi-faceted storyline with romance as the base.

The young adult romance sub-genre is another popular read in the top-rated romance novels. These books often intertwine a young love story into the main storyline. “That Month in Tuscany” by Inglath Cooper is a whirlwind novel based on the attraction between a famous musician and a tired wife. These types of novels attract a wide audience with their characters and plots.

Contemporary romance novels attract quite a few romance novel readers with their setting in modern day or anything after 1950 and a focused storyline on romance. “Crazy Little Thing” (A Bell Harbor Novel) by Tracy Brogan leads readers through the resistance of love and all that comes along with romance and natural attraction.

A few other sub-genres include erotic romance, which usually contains explicit content as well as a strong character transformation from beginning to end. Paranormal romance novels are heavy into science fiction and can be intertwined with erotic and historical elements. And finally, there is a sub-genre for religious romance novels that often feature the characters following a path of certain spiritual guidelines within a relationship.

No matter what sub-genre interests you, there are endless possibilities for great romance novels out there. Find rave reviews and excellent ratings on some of your favorite authors and keep a new romance novel nearby for those quiet moments or spontaneous vacation reads.