Since picking up my first book from Nora Roberts I have come to find her as a go to author to read. The Witness is her two hundredth book. From reading the description before I read it I was intrigued with the events that Roberts would embark on.
Elizabeth was a young girl of sixteen her whole future was laid out before her by her mother. Elizabeth had enough. At sixteen she made several choices that would leave her life in chaos and one she would have to fight to survive. Twelve years later Elizabeth was nowhere to be found only Abigail Lowery. Abigail will soon find her life in turmoil with an arrogant man and his son and then with a man threatening to break through and find a place in her heart. But none of that can come too until Elizabeth is put to rest.
Brooks Gleason is the sheriff of the town. He loves his parents and sisters and life but something is missing. He has stopped any kind of longing for the girl he used to think he loved and now someone else has captured his attention. Abigail he knew has had trouble in her past. He wants her to open up and to trust him. Brooks will break down one boundary at a time to get to her heart and to convince her they belong together.
Flipping from the first page to the last I could not put this book down and yet I had to as there was something also happening around me for the last two days. That alone drove me crazy as I needed to find out about Elizabeth/Abigail and Brooks. The waiting to finish the book was annoying but the result was absolutely perfect. I loved this book!
The suspense first of all was fantastic as it built throughout the entire book from the first page to the last. Roberts is a storyteller through and through. In The Witness there almost seemed two stories with Elizabeth and then Abigail and I was enthralled to want to read both.
Within in the novel I liked that Roberts also broke up the story with different sections devoted to Elizabeth, Abigail and Brooks.
Now aside from the fact that this books plot was amazing the plot was something I wanted to devour quickly the characters were riveting. The characters played through the intrigue and suspense along with the betrayal and hope Roberts interweaves. The characters of Elizabeth/Abigail was a survivor and someone who deserved to find that justice. I liked that Brooks was that man. He seemed a little at first too kind hearted, well too easy at being more with Abigail, but of course I loved that about him. Roberts goes into his history which will then have his behavior make sense. Also with him helping Abigail he was the perfect man to have.
The villains were dynamic and played to the characters they were. Roberts gave them the edge and charm within the pages. You hated them throughout and hoped a justice would be brought down upon them.
I recommend this book of Nora Roberts to read.