Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Witness by Nora Roberts (Goodreads Author), Julia Whelan (Narrator)

5 of 5 stars *****

This Audiobook had me staying up late listening to an intriguing thriller with its fascinating characters. Julia Whelan narrated this murder mystery brilliantly. 

I loved the main character who was introduced as a teenager but was close to 30 at the story's end. Her life was headed in a safe but undesirable direction when one night of independence shaped her future; one that freed her from her mother's unloving grip but deprived her from a normal life with others. Elizabeth became "Liz" in her moment of emancipation; then "Abigail" when her tale resumed years later in a quiet town where she lived alone. The in-between years were slowly revealed once Abigail interacted with the community. She was very wary but felt obligated by the friendly nature of the town folk in this rural environment. 

Abigail was such a refreshing character who made me feel for her as a father and I enjoyed her as an exceptional human being. These characters that entered her life became the impetus to resolving the main issue stemming from that one night of emancipation which, in turn, led to her skill at isolation. One character, in particular, became the psychological bridge that started Abigail on the road to normalcy.

This was my first Nora Roberts book but it will not be my last.