Nora Roberts The Witness

Last updated: August 6, 2023


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.

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In our analysis of 55 expert reviews, the Nora Roberts The Witness placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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*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

Expert Reviews


What reviewers 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.
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.
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.
Things start out very interesting, and I was definitely intrigued.
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.
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.
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.
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.

What reviewers 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.
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.
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.
Sexual: They talk about it, you know its happening but its not described in detail
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