We close this week’s posts with a blog from Christine in Circulation.
Abigail Lowery, formerly Elizabeth Fitch, is a successful computer programmer and business woman running a private security firm from her home in the Ozarks. With her faithful dog by her side and a secluded home tucked securely into the hills of the Arkansas Ozarks, Abigail has finally settled down and started her new life hiding out but no longer running from the Russian mafia. But Brooks Gleason, local police chief, won’t let Abigail settle for too much longer. As Abigail tries to create a quiet life and stay under the radar she only accomplishes the exact opposite. After a year of politely rebuffing the locals’ conversations, keeping to herself, and shopping online rather than in town, Abigail’s actions only fuel the interest of the police chief and her small-town neighbors. Following his gut, Brooks sets out to discover Abigail’s secrets.
The other night I caught a brief snippet of a show on HGTV that was talking about set design on the drama “The Good Wife.” One of the designers made a comment about how the set design was based on the sensibilities of movies from the 1940’s and 1950’s where sets were opulent and grand in order to heighten the senses of the viewer. Everyday life for most people is not filled with plush offices with designer furniture, boldly-colored accent walls, and elegantly sophisticated bric-a-brac. So when you tune in to “The Good Wife” you are instantly drawn in by the world that the writers, set designers, and actors have created and are willing to come back for more.
So how does this tie-in with “The Witness?” When the designer made this comment, I couldn’t help but think about this book. From the moment I picked it up to read I found myself unable to put it down. The world and the characters Roberts created are grand and amplified. The heroine is brilliant surviving on wits and instinct for years as she builds a life on the run. The hero is charming and intelligent with a keen intuition. Abigail and Brooks are reminiscent of other memorable duos, i.e. Nick and Nora, Bones and Booth, but with their own style. The backdrop of the Ozarks and the sense of community and family bring the story full circle. The fact that Roberts’ focuses on the couple and not the threat of Abigail’s past only enhances the suspense.
Roberts’ 200th title incorporates all her hallmarks of writing but it all comes together so seamlessly that reading this book was effortless fun and rates this book in the top three of Roberts’ oeuvre for me. If you’re looking for the familiar with a little bit of over the top for your spring and summer reading, this is the book for you.
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