One act of rebellion can change your life forever.
Elizabeth Fitch's life was planned even before she was born. When her mother leaves for a medical conference, Elizabeth sees her chance for a shot at freedom. A trip to the mall, a couple of fake ID's, and an adventure at one of Chicago's hottest nightclubs seems like a bit of harmless teenage rebellion until the unthinkable happens: Elizabeth becomes the witness to a mob murder. Twelve years later, Elizabeth has rebuilt her life under the name Abigail Lowery. Abigail's silent self-sufficiency sparks the interest of police chief Brooks Gleason, whose professional and personal interest in Abigail throws her well-ordered world off center. Is being alive enough, or does Abigail dare to really live?
The Witness is Nora Roberts' 200th published novel and displays her trademark combination of nail-biting suspense and heart-stopping romance. A Maryland resident, Roberts says that her love of writing was born in a blizzard in 1979. Trapped in her house with a three and six-year-old, Roberts was desperate for some entertainment that didn't involve Candyland. She picked up a pencil and started writing. Her first novel, "Irish Thoroughbred", was published two years later. Roberts says that she has always lived her life surrounded by men and that experience has given her the insight into the male mind that delights her readers. Robert says that she really had no choice but to figure out the way men think - it was either that or run away screaming. Apparently it worked - Robert's heroes are one of the things her fans love about her books. Of those 200 books, 180 have been New York Times bestsellers. In fact, since her first bestseller in 1991, Nora Robert's books have spent a total of 949 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list - the equivalent of 18 consecutive years.
Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous
donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too
much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to
lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her
Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery
lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance
programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems. Her own
security is supplemented by a fierce dog and an assortment of firearms. She
keeps to herself, saying little, revealing nothing. Unfortunately, that seems
to be the quickest way to get attention in a tiny southern town.
The mystery of Abigail Lowery intrigues local police chief
Brooks Gleason, on both a personal and a professional level. Her sharp, logical
mind, her secretive nature, her unromantic viewpoints leave him fascinated but
frustrated. He suspects that Abigail needs protection from something, even if
he doesn’t know what—and that her elaborate defenses hide a story that must be
Accustomed to two-bit troublemakers, Gleason is about to
walk into the sights of very powerful and dangerous men. And Abigail Lowery,
who has built a life based on security and self-control, is at risk of losing
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