The inside front flap and its accounting of the events first drew me to this Nora Roberts’ book. In The Witness, Ms. Roberts begins the story of Elizabeth, a 16-year old young woman, who has excelled
academically, but is behind in interpersonal skills for teenagers. Following a string of defiant acts, Elizabeth witnesses a double murder. Murders that involve illicit activity and the Russian mafia. She runs to
the police who get her into the federal witness protection program. As her eye-witness story proves unbreakable, the safe house is compromised. Two more murders at the hands of the Russian mafia and Elizabeth runs again. This time she runs for her life; this time she disappears and goes into
Her hiding lasts for twelve years and undergoes numerous moves and identity changes. Just as she finds a place where she feels safe and loved, Abigail (aka Elizabeth) must make the BIG decision: does she come
out of hiding to aid the FBI in prosecuting this mafia group, does she continue her latest, new life and bring her new loved ones into danger, or does she run yet another time?
The novel was compelling and difficult to put down. Ms. Roberts drew me into the story. At times, I felt that I was there experiencing exactly what Elizabeth/Abigail was going through.