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After stumbling upon a chilling small-town secret in South Carolina, a determined public defender must protect herself -- and her young son -- from those who want them dead. Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identit After stumbling upon a chilling small-town secret in South Carolina, a determined public defender must protect herself -- and her young son -- from those who want them dead. Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape, and her perilous flight begins. Kendall, the best public defender in Prosper, South Carolina, has stumbled upon a chilling town secret, turning her marriage to one of Prosper's most powerful men into a living hell. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child's life, a reluctant witness who knows too much about an insidious evil . . . and a woman surrounded by forces that will stop at nothing to protect what is "theirs."


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After stumbling upon a chilling small-town secret in South Carolina, a determined public defender must protect herself -- and her young son -- from those who want them dead. Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identit After stumbling upon a chilling small-town secret in South Carolina, a determined public defender must protect herself -- and her young son -- from those who want them dead. Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape, and her perilous flight begins. Kendall, the best public defender in Prosper, South Carolina, has stumbled upon a chilling town secret, turning her marriage to one of Prosper's most powerful men into a living hell. Now Kendall is a terrified mother trying to save her child's life, a reluctant witness who knows too much about an insidious evil . . . and a woman surrounded by forces that will stop at nothing to protect what is "theirs."

30 review for The Witness

  1. 5 out of 5

    A.

    4 Stars This book reminded me of this: Why? Because it's full of errors, typos, unfinished or mixed sentences and missing paragraphs. A great mystery. I spent half of the book scratching my head, trying to connect the paragraphs and sentences. And I may be crazy, but I liked it. A lot. That's how good Sandra Brown is. There may be a newer edition available. I just read the one that had been on my Kindle for years. 4 Stars This book reminded me of this: Why? Because it's full of errors, typos, unfinished or mixed sentences and missing paragraphs. A great mystery. I spent half of the book scratching my head, trying to connect the paragraphs and sentences. And I may be crazy, but I liked it. A lot. That's how good Sandra Brown is. There may be a newer edition available. I just read the one that had been on my Kindle for years.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mo

    4.5 stars A car crash, on a rainy night, leaves three survivors, a baby boy, a man who is badly injured, and Kendall Deaton. Kendall has secrets and she knows if these secrets are revealed to the wrong people, her life won’t be worth living. This is a book where you cannot really say too much about the storyline without giving something away. Another solid read from Ms Brown. Yes, I will be checking out more of her books. STORM BEFORE SUNSET. MARK MY WORDS Her priority is her child. She had a s 4.5 stars A car crash, on a rainy night, leaves three survivors, a baby boy, a man who is badly injured, and Kendall Deaton. Kendall has secrets and she knows if these secrets are revealed to the wrong people, her life won’t be worth living. This is a book where you cannot really say too much about the storyline without giving something away. Another solid read from Ms Brown. Yes, I will be checking out more of her books. STORM BEFORE SUNSET. MARK MY WORDS Her priority is her child. She had a seemingly perfect marriage but one night stumbled upon a scene so terrifying that she knows she has to escape … but the forces that want to stop her revealing her story are strong and powerful …. She plans to escape but even the best laid plans go wrong. Instead of just her and her baby she has to take John, the injured man with her… The cleavage between her breasts was shadowed and mysterious. He wanted to explore that entrancing valley. He imagined nuzzling there, and the fantasy caused a surge of sexual desire so strong that he involuntarily groaned As with the previous Brown books that I have read, the sex is practically non-existent … it is implied… and that is good enough for me. She would do anything to protect her son. Kevin, exhausted from crying had fallen asleep on the swell of her breast. His virtually translucent eyelids were closed, although a glistening tear still clung to his eyelashes. His lips were bowed and slightly parted REMEMBER ME And as for some of the racism and bigotry portrayed in this book… it was dreadful. I know the times are a changing and all that but I sure as hell hope they have definitely changed in most parts of the civilized world.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ♥Sharon♥

    Another fantastic read! I guess you could say I am on a little bit of a Sandra Brown kick right now. But I have to say her books are so freaking good. I’ve even started another one! Where do I begin… The Witness is told between the present and the past. It is story about a women name Kendall Deaton. On a rainy night there is an awful car crash. The survivors are Kendall, her baby boy and an injured man John. Falling under a web of lies and secrets, Kendall tells yet another lie to keep hersel Another fantastic read! I guess you could say I am on a little bit of a Sandra Brown kick right now. But I have to say her books are so freaking good. I’ve even started another one! Where do I begin… The Witness is told between the present and the past. It is story about a women name Kendall Deaton. On a rainy night there is an awful car crash. The survivors are Kendall, her baby boy and an injured man John. Falling under a web of lies and secrets, Kendall tells yet another lie to keep herself and her son safe. There isn’t anything she wouldn’t do to protect him. Hoping this lie will buy her a chance to get away for good she does what she has to do. But will her plan work? You see… When Kendall made an offhanded decision to take a job as a Public Defender in Prosper, South Carolina she had no idea the kind of life she would have. She just wanted to do good by helping people and serving her community. After settling in, marrying and delving into her work, unsettling things begin to happen. Then one night Kendall witnesses something horrific. On the run Kendall does whatever it takes to keep her son Kevin safe and herself alive. What she witnessed the people of Prosper, people close to her, committing was beyond repulsive. She needs to tell someone, she needs to report what has happened but quickly finds out she doesn’t know who she can trust. While on the run she seeks safety in an old family farmhouse that she and her grandmother would go to during the summer. It is the only place that she doesn’t think anyone knows of, except her best friend Ricki Sue. As John heals from his injuries and Kendall cares for Kevin, an attraction between Kendall and John begins. John has his own internal battle and secrets too. Things between them slowly begin to change. Not knowing whether their feelings are part of the lies or reality a line is crossed. Call it need or greed....things get steamy. When Kendall senses things are closing in on her again, she needs to make a decision. She needs to keep her son safe. To what extent would you go to, to keep your child safe? This was another thrilling book, another highly recommended read. On a personal note I do have to say some of the things that take place in this book were simply cruel and disgusting. I had to remind myself that this book was published 19 years ago.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    5 STARS [image error] Ok… I know, I give everyone 5 stars. What can I say? I have read some phenomenal books. And Sandra Brown is partly the reason for that. This woman can write a story like no other. Not to say that all her books are this good, but I pick and choose based on the reviews… and I have yet to be disappointed. [image error] The Witness is Kendall Deaton’s story. On the run for her life, Kendall pulls herself and her baby from the wreckage of an automobile accident in the mount 5 STARS [image error] Ok… I know, I give everyone 5 stars. What can I say? I have read some phenomenal books. And Sandra Brown is partly the reason for that. This woman can write a story like no other. Not to say that all her books are this good, but I pick and choose based on the reviews… and I have yet to be disappointed. [image error] The Witness is Kendall Deaton’s story. On the run for her life, Kendall pulls herself and her baby from the wreckage of an automobile accident in the mountains of North Carolina. She is also able to save the life of one of the passengers, who is injured and amnesic. Through sheer determination, she is able to get them all back to the safety of the highway where they can flag down help… but she must be careful because that help she seeks might just be the thing that gets her killed. So she must lie. They cannot find out who she is or she may put all their lives in danger. [image error] He was suffering from a near-terminal case of lust. [image error] This is how the story is presented, and for much of the book, you, the reader, are left in the dark regarding the identity of her amnesic companion, and the truth behind her past. And it will keep you glued to the pages. I will not reveal anymore of the story… it is meant to unfold as you go. But I will say it was quite the page-turner! And that includes the names of the characters. Just go in blind… it’s better that way! ”Holy Christ, you’re alive! I’ve been sick, sick with worry. You’re the best diet I’ve ever been on.” -Ricky Sue was a hoot! An underlying theme throughout the book involved an ethical dilemma. Quite interesting actually. A real What would you do? type situation. The question here involves the bringing to justice of a very dangerous group of individuals in exchange for… your future, your child’s future, your life, and the lives of those you love. Is it worth it? [image error] ”Believe me, I want more than anyone to put these monsters behind bars for the rest of their lives. I’m willing to do my part as a good citizen, but I’m not willing to die for it.” [image error] The sexual tension in the story was a slow build as usual, but well worth the prize in the end. The characters all very intriguing. I’m not a big fan of liars… but here… hmm? [image error] ”You were aloof but within reach. Modest but accessible. The sexy madonna no man can resist. Damn you, Kendall, you seduced me with the whole package, and you knew you were doing it. You made me want you…. The only reason I made love to you every night was because I wanted to. No, I had to.” [image error] There were also some quite horrifying events that took place. I was totally unprepared for. But they were key to the plotline, I will say no more. Another winner Sandra!!! Please keep writing, I don’t ever want to run out of these great books to read! [image error]

  5. 4 out of 5

    ❤️ Dorsey aka Wrath Lover Reviews ❤️

    Reread on 5.13.20 Continuing my SB favorites reread marathon. 4.5 Suspenseful Stars!! WOW! This story had lots of long hidden town secrets and plenty of lies. Kendall is the new Public Defender just married into a prominent family, Matt is the town's Newpaper owner and Editor, he seems to be the perfect catch, in the beginning of their married life together the only thing Kendall had to worry about was her intrusive and invasive father-in-law Gibb and the hold he seems to have over Matt. Soon en Reread on 5.13.20 Continuing my SB favorites reread marathon. 4.5 Suspenseful Stars!! WOW! This story had lots of long hidden town secrets and plenty of lies. Kendall is the new Public Defender just married into a prominent family, Matt is the town's Newpaper owner and Editor, he seems to be the perfect catch, in the beginning of their married life together the only thing Kendall had to worry about was her intrusive and invasive father-in-law Gibb and the hold he seems to have over Matt. Soon enough she stumbles (literally) over something so horrific it's sends her fleeing for her life and that of her unborn child. A year later she is found, she's wanted by the FBI, and on the run with her infant son and John a man with amnesia, she is counting on John to keep her and her child safe even though he seems to have an aversion to children. Eventually John and Kendall form a bond and John finds himself falling for not only Kendall but her infant son as well. John definitely doesn't trust her (with very good reason) and when he regains his memory he keeps the information to himself since he's the Marshall who is honor bound and sworn to return Kandall to the FBI. There are many truly vile & vicious characters, storylines, twist, turns, lies, and horrifically aghast moments to keep you on the edge of your seat. Another fantastic Sandra Brown read. Heavy suspense, loathsome characters, light romance, and an ending that had more secrets to reveal!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy | Foxy Blogs

    What would you be willing to do to protect your child's life? Kendall and her baby are fugitives running from the bad guys. Late one evening Kendall accidentally stumbles upon an execution scene and is discovered. She becomes the next on the Brotherhoods' list to execute. While on the run Kendall creates a false life and kidnaps a man in her attempt to escape the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has vast resources and is determined to find her and preform their own justice on her. THE WITNESS was What would you be willing to do to protect your child's life? Kendall and her baby are fugitives running from the bad guys. Late one evening Kendall accidentally stumbles upon an execution scene and is discovered. She becomes the next on the Brotherhoods' list to execute. While on the run Kendall creates a false life and kidnaps a man in her attempt to escape the Brotherhood. The Brotherhood has vast resources and is determined to find her and preform their own justice on her. THE WITNESS was published 19 years ago and is my first book by Ms. Brown. It was a thrilling adventure with lots of suspense and plot twists. The book flowed from present to past scenes nicely. Standalone

  7. 5 out of 5

    Susan (the other Susan)

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. UPDATE: Feb 24. Did I say this wasn't as awful as I remembered? I misspoke. Every point is delivered via sledgehammer, in case we readers are slow on the uptake. Hillbillies not quite loathsome enough? Throw in a mention of (view spoiler)[child rape, and make the child a relative. Murders not murdery enough? Make one of the murders a crucifixion. With castration. Oh, and as long as there's going to be castration, make the victim -- nevermind. (hide spoiler)] As villainous as the villains are her UPDATE: Feb 24. Did I say this wasn't as awful as I remembered? I misspoke. Every point is delivered via sledgehammer, in case we readers are slow on the uptake. Hillbillies not quite loathsome enough? Throw in a mention of (view spoiler)[child rape, and make the child a relative. Murders not murdery enough? Make one of the murders a crucifixion. With castration. Oh, and as long as there's going to be castration, make the victim -- nevermind. (hide spoiler)] As villainous as the villains are here, Brown's heroine isn't exactly walking the moral highground when she (view spoiler)[ victimizes a man who's suffering from amnesia, giving him a false identity as her husband, telling him he's guilty of adultery, and having sex with him while wondering if maybe he has a REAL wife and family whom he can't remember. (hide spoiler)] Bitch! Really? Feb 23. Relistening to the audiobook because, hey, I own it and it's been years. PLUS it's not Justinian's Flea. This isn't as awful as I remember it (though it certainly predates the more sophisticated Sandra Brown thrillers that have become a must-buy for me.) Still seriously annoying: (view spoiler)[ entire plot is predicated on the idea that an intelligent, ambitious, modern-day American woman with a social conscience has somehow managed to meet, fall in live with and marry a man without knowing he's a raving bigot whose views on race and women's rights are holdovers from the Jim Crow era. Hello? You two snuggle-bunnies ever have a little thing called a "conversation"? I can buy her not knowing he and his daddy are members of a KKK-type group of vigilantes, but there would have been hints that his politics are all about white. C'mon. (hide spoiler)]

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mei

    Wow! I love Ms. Brown's book and tis one was not an exception! Unfortunately I had a lousy epub full errors, so I got often lost while reading, but that didn't detract from my liking this book! The story is very complex and inetersting and I loved how the heroine, Kendall was behaving. She was in a very bad situation, but she made the most of what she has at heand to overcome it! Just excellent! Reading this book is like solving a puzzle and I enjoyed every moment! Wow! I love Ms. Brown's book and tis one was not an exception! Unfortunately I had a lousy epub full errors, so I got often lost while reading, but that didn't detract from my liking this book! The story is very complex and inetersting and I loved how the heroine, Kendall was behaving. She was in a very bad situation, but she made the most of what she has at heand to overcome it! Just excellent! Reading this book is like solving a puzzle and I enjoyed every moment!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    I absolutely loved this book. There are a lot of issues in it that I know will or have offended people. The reality is that these issues are real life....unfortunately. There was so many twists and turns and some just straight up. She never ceases to amaze me with her books. The one thing I didn't see coming was the end twist...never ever expected it! This makes for great writing :) I absolutely loved this book. There are a lot of issues in it that I know will or have offended people. The reality is that these issues are real life....unfortunately. There was so many twists and turns and some just straight up. She never ceases to amaze me with her books. The one thing I didn't see coming was the end twist...never ever expected it! This makes for great writing :)

  10. 4 out of 5

    Blood Rose Books

    Sandra Brown brings together another mystery thriller that explores what happens when a small town will go to great length to protect their secrets Kendall Deaton is the new public defender of a small town, where they were not expecting to hire a women for the job and they make it known. From the first news article it is questioned whether she can handle the job or not, but Kendall is willing to prove them all wrong, this is the opportunity she has been waiting. And she does, even ends up marryin Sandra Brown brings together another mystery thriller that explores what happens when a small town will go to great length to protect their secrets Kendall Deaton is the new public defender of a small town, where they were not expecting to hire a women for the job and they make it known. From the first news article it is questioned whether she can handle the job or not, but Kendall is willing to prove them all wrong, this is the opportunity she has been waiting. And she does, even ends up marrying the author from the original article and into one of the most influential families in town. Kendall believes that she has found her place. However, things are not all what they seem in this small town, there are secrets in this town that no one wants exposed. I'm happy to say that I really enjoyed this book. I was a little worried after reading the Best Kept Secrets by Sandra Brown as I did not enjoy that book at all, but this book redeemed my trust in Brown as an author. I did not want to put this book down I had to know all the secrets of the town and what Kendall was running from. This book had everything that a reader would be looking for in a thriller as it had suspense, twist, turns, conspiracies and more. Brown did a great job of crafting the story and creating suspense that will keep you on your toes. I enjoyed how Brown switched back and forth between the past a present as it kept me wondering what Kendall was running from as well as trying to figure out what her next move will be. I personally did not find it hard with the switches, but if you are not a fan of this writing style this book is not for you. It tended to be one chapter in the present next chapter in the past. I liked Kendall as a character and her willingness to do anything for herself and her baby Kevin to survive. She is smart, has a great heart and I enjoyed her quick mind and how she adapts the situation in order to fit what she needs. Yes she is a manipulator and yes she is a liar but I think that she uses these traits when she needs them in order to survive. I also enjoyed her interaction with John and his confusion with his amnesia. I think that Brown did this interaction really well. This book was fantastic and has put my faith back into Brown's novels. I think this is one of the best Brown books that I have read in a long time. Enjoy!!!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lisa - (Aussie Girl)

    In these older Sandra Brown novels she really likes delving into the dysfunctional small US southern towns and the people who inhabit them. And this is exactly what happens in The Witness. This one pushes the bounds of reality right to the edge with a secret "Brotherhood" meting out their sort of justice to anyone who doesn't meet their racist and misogynist requirements and our plucky heroine who inadvertently marries a member stumbles into their nefarious activities. There were a few of the Sa In these older Sandra Brown novels she really likes delving into the dysfunctional small US southern towns and the people who inhabit them. And this is exactly what happens in The Witness. This one pushes the bounds of reality right to the edge with a secret "Brotherhood" meting out their sort of justice to anyone who doesn't meet their racist and misogynist requirements and our plucky heroine who inadvertently marries a member stumbles into their nefarious activities. There were a few of the Sandra Brown twists and turns but not quite the edge of your seat drama that packs so much of a punch in her more recent novels. Still Sandra Brown on an ordinary day is a better read than most other suspense writers. 3.5 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    -ya

    The villain was the most inhumane person I’ve read from Brown’s books. The story was compelling and every character got a multi-layered tier of secrets. 4* for the suspense, and mystery. Worth reading!

  13. 4 out of 5

    missEvi [can't commit to a book]

    The first half of the book is intriguing, but the second half is boring as hell. Plus, I could not connect with the characters.

  14. 4 out of 5

    ȷαεlα

    I don’t really know what didn’t work. Maybe I didn’t feel the emotions between the main characters, or the bad guys weren’t very convincing about their reasons. It’s hard to believe people like them exist. An entertaining book nevertheless.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    Overall rating: 4.5 stars!!!!! (Seriously if I would have had an (view spoiler)[ epilogue - anything please - it would have been 5 +++ stars (hide spoiler)] Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ Not between the hero and heroine. The heroine's husband (the douche) does cheat on her before she leaves him (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ only in flashbacks do you see intimacy with the heroine and her husband, but it was before she meets Overall rating: 4.5 stars!!!!! (Seriously if I would have had an (view spoiler)[ epilogue - anything please - it would have been 5 +++ stars (hide spoiler)] Triggers: Cheating: (view spoiler)[ Not between the hero and heroine. The heroine's husband (the douche) does cheat on her before she leaves him (hide spoiler)] Love triangle: (view spoiler)[ no (hide spoiler)] Sex with om/ow: (view spoiler)[ only in flashbacks do you see intimacy with the heroine and her husband, but it was before she meets the hero of the story. (hide spoiler)] HEA: (view spoiler)[ yes, but I wanted more!! (hide spoiler)] My review: Wow, how to review this one. This book is so suspenseful and has SO much going on with twists and turns it is very hard to review without giving away plot details that you just have to experience. What I will say is that you have the heroine, Kendall, who witnesses something horrible and she will stop at nothing to protect her and her son. I really can't say more without giving away the plot. Honestly, I am one for spoilers in any way, shape or form. I love them, but going in blind is the best way to read this one. The way things are revealed and the story telling is just amazing. This author is wonderful! I am so glad I gave this book a chance!!! :)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kat Irvine

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. not sure where to begin here. The writing was the best part of the book, and while it was well written it also annoyed the crap out of me. The book is a Mystery/thriller. I found it annoying that EVERY detail at the beginning was a mystery. Who is this person? what's this secret? Is this character him or someone different. WHEN DOES THIS TAKE PLACE? (author really liked the idea of an ass backwards small town Southern town so it was really difficult to tell when this book was supposed to take pl not sure where to begin here. The writing was the best part of the book, and while it was well written it also annoyed the crap out of me. The book is a Mystery/thriller. I found it annoying that EVERY detail at the beginning was a mystery. Who is this person? what's this secret? Is this character him or someone different. WHEN DOES THIS TAKE PLACE? (author really liked the idea of an ass backwards small town Southern town so it was really difficult to tell when this book was supposed to take place- too many little lady comments for my liking) We get it, it's a mystery. Every detail doesn't have to be a mystery. But once it got going, the writing flowed really well and the pace kept you wanting to read. The plot. Oh dear god. The first 50% of the story is Hot Fuzz. Change the gender, add a few mysterious details, and it is the Simon Pegg movie Hot Fuzz. I do believe the book came first, but that tells you how ridiculous the story is if it's the same as a comedy. The second 50% was a running from the bad guys story. The plot details all fall apart upon inspection. Seriously, in 1994 it's so difficult for a female lawyer to get a job? especially one who graduated top 3 of her class. Oh, and this really smart chick thinks it's a good idea to steal someone's identity. SERIOUSLY?!?!? And when she's running from horrible husband she doesn't just use her actual identity?! and if she does, how does the FBI find her and not ALREADY know her dirty secret identity. Oh, and come on, if an FBI agent went missing in this backward ass town, then the feds would have been swarming that place LONG before she had a change to run for it!! Good god, come on! the whole premise just falls apart. the more i think about it the more angry and annoyed i get at all the plot holes. Oh, and while i was rooting for the love angle between John and Kendell (about the most interesting part of the book) it was completely a Stockholm syndrome love interest!

  17. 5 out of 5

    CD {Boulder Blvd}

    3.5 rounded up...

  18. 5 out of 5

    D.G.

    Review of audiobook version narrated by Joyce Bean. What a crazy book! I don’t know that I’ve ever been so enthralled by a plot that I ultimately found silly. The audiobook is 13+ hrs long and I listened to it in less than a day so you can tell how absorbed I was by the story. The action was exciting, there was incredible chemistry between the main leads and there were a lot of good twists. The big problem? Very little of the book dealt with the relationship between the hero and heroine (if I hav Review of audiobook version narrated by Joyce Bean. What a crazy book! I don’t know that I’ve ever been so enthralled by a plot that I ultimately found silly. The audiobook is 13+ hrs long and I listened to it in less than a day so you can tell how absorbed I was by the story. The action was exciting, there was incredible chemistry between the main leads and there were a lot of good twists. The big problem? Very little of the book dealt with the relationship between the hero and heroine (if I have to put a number, I’d say 30% tops) and there were so many POVs that it’s a wonder I could keep everybody straight. As the story is unfolding, the atmosphere is sinister and frightening. But once you find out what’s going on and the villains reveal their motives, they become caricaturish and so evil as to be laughable. I have to say I chuckled a few times with the villain’s antics which seemed to scream: Look at me! I’m eeeeeevil! Also there was a twist at the end that was completely unnecessary and gave me my biggest WTF moment. The author gives a few clues along the way but it’s something you would never imagine because it’s totally crazy and would only have made sense if the book had been set in the 50s (which is not.) As usual, Joyce Bean did an excellent job with the narration (I picked up the book because she was the reader in the first place.) Even though the book left me unsatisfied with the romance – the hero was so interesting and I feel the story didn’t do him justice - I cannot say I regret listening to it because it kept me at the edge of my seat. Overall, an exciting read but more appropriate for mystery/suspense readers than don’t care too much for the romance.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    I read this book in 2011 and rated it 4 stars. I don't normally re-read books as knowing the outcome kills the suspense. Well I'm getting old and can barely remember what I did last night let alone the content of a book I read 6+ years ago. In desperate need of a good book, after a slew of crap, I scrolled back through books I'd enjoyed, and settled on this. I'm must say it blew me out of the park, Sandra Brown has crafted a suspenseful, twisty-turny, nail biting plot. And John is simply swoon-w I read this book in 2011 and rated it 4 stars. I don't normally re-read books as knowing the outcome kills the suspense. Well I'm getting old and can barely remember what I did last night let alone the content of a book I read 6+ years ago. In desperate need of a good book, after a slew of crap, I scrolled back through books I'd enjoyed, and settled on this. I'm must say it blew me out of the park, Sandra Brown has crafted a suspenseful, twisty-turny, nail biting plot. And John is simply swoon-worthy. Re-read verdict - 5 big fat stars.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Reading Sarah

    Skimming was the only way I could get through this book. The characters were flat and more like caricatures and none of them likeable. The "mystery" of the author not revealing any of what was really going on went on for FAR, FAR, FAR too long. And amnesia, despite being an awful plot device, also needed to be researched a whole lot more before Sandra Brown decided to use it in ways that make no sense. Ugh. Skimming was the only way I could get through this book. The characters were flat and more like caricatures and none of them likeable. The "mystery" of the author not revealing any of what was really going on went on for FAR, FAR, FAR too long. And amnesia, despite being an awful plot device, also needed to be researched a whole lot more before Sandra Brown decided to use it in ways that make no sense. Ugh.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vicente Ambou

    Kendall, a pretty woman, is a young lawyer at Sheridan, a little town of Tennessee, which left her firm to take a job of public defender at Prosper, South Carolina. During her first months there in Prosper, she falls in love with Matt Burnwood, young journalist and the son of a respectable patriarch of the locality. Kendall and Matt get married and have a fairly-tale wedding, with dozens of guests and gifts, waltz, big wedding cake, a beautiful newlyweds’ chalet (a gift from her father in law), Kendall, a pretty woman, is a young lawyer at Sheridan, a little town of Tennessee, which left her firm to take a job of public defender at Prosper, South Carolina. During her first months there in Prosper, she falls in love with Matt Burnwood, young journalist and the son of a respectable patriarch of the locality. Kendall and Matt get married and have a fairly-tale wedding, with dozens of guests and gifts, waltz, big wedding cake, a beautiful newlyweds’ chalet (a gift from her father in law), etc. The future of the jurist seems promising on her triple conquest: a good professional future, a gallant husband whom she loves and the beautiful baby that they eventually got. But the illusions start to fall through, like dominoes, after she discovers the ins and outs of this all American Dream: the existence of a powerful secret organization, headed by her kind father in law and backed by her husband (obedient daddy’s kid), which involves the most prominent of public powers of the town. Kendall get involved too in it, since she becomes an eyewitness of an awful racial murder. Then she decides to run away, taking with her the little baby of them. FBI intervenes in the matter and decides to act against the organization, but it needs her as a witness for the prosecution, the only one key to take the lid off the Pandora’s box’s outrages of the cunning sociopaths. Kendall, being also distrustful of the federal police, is afraid for her life and her son’s, and opts to keep running away. And then starts that weird adventure that, as a gruesome Road Movie, puts the chased lawyer in an automobile crash wherein either she and her baby come out intact, but leaving battered and amnesiac her companion, a man which identity she hides from the authorities all the long their route, in which uncertainty prevails: whether she is able to flee indefinitely, or she takes the risk of being taken back in Prosper, to give her testimony. A novel conceived by its author after Oklahoma’s events, in April 1995, when right-wings extremists carried out the terrorist bombing against a government building, killing 168 people (children between them) and injuring over 500 people. A thriller at full tilt, with a suitable deal of suspense and faithful to genre rules, well written and set in the racist American Deep South, where dangerous white supremacists seek to prevail over the law and at no matter what price, even that of innocent people’s life.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Janet Robel

    Ms. Brown hits it out of the ballpark with another explosive read. I love the way everything is a puzzle that you try to fit together, until you get to the end, and all is revealed and not what you thought.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Really pretty sick and twisted

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Davis

    Like the several novels I have read by this author prior to this...I really, really wanted to like it. Sandra Brown writes a good thriller. A damn great thriller in fact. However, that's not all she writes and every time she throws in the damn love scene(s)...I literally sigh out loud. Why oh why? Most of the novels, do NOT need them. They are great as they are. Why fix what ain't broke?? I've also noticed a pattern here...it seems that all of her heroines are such extraordinary, career driven, Like the several novels I have read by this author prior to this...I really, really wanted to like it. Sandra Brown writes a good thriller. A damn great thriller in fact. However, that's not all she writes and every time she throws in the damn love scene(s)...I literally sigh out loud. Why oh why? Most of the novels, do NOT need them. They are great as they are. Why fix what ain't broke?? I've also noticed a pattern here...it seems that all of her heroines are such extraordinary, career driven, intelligent women, BUT as soon as a man (usually a tall, dark handsome FED with a troubled past) enters the room, they literally cannot control themselves. Gag me with a spoon. The dialogue and the conversations the characters have throughout the books makes me cringe. No body carries on such pretentious conversations in their day to day lives the way these people do!!! Forgive me, I've seem to have gone off on a rant. Back to 'The Witness'.....if I to read one more time about how that infant suckled at her breast, I was going to shoot myself. Yes the child obviously needed nourishment and I have NOTHING against a child breastfeeding around me or otherwise. They are just boobs after all, but reading about the slope of her breast and how he pawed at her on every other page became tiresome and silly. Also when Gibb (view spoiler)[ decides to murder his own son in cold blood to prove a point (hide spoiler)] seemed far fetched. Seems like Brown just wanted to tie up a loose end? And how convenient (view spoiler)[ he shot and killed Matt, but somehow just wounded John (hide spoiler)] . Oh PLEEEASE. The fact that Kendall is not in fact (view spoiler)[ her real name and Pepperdyne went out of his way to bring the "real one" back to the US for.....what exactly? (hide spoiler)] was just STUPID. For whatever reason, my mother is a fan of this woman and buys these things faithfully. I get them once she's read them. Brown won't get a dime from me. LOL Again, the thrill is there and her books are an ok read for a rainy day.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jonetta

    Kendall Deaton is a public defender in Prosper, South Carolina. She's on the run after witnessing something explosive. As if it wasn't enough to be on the lam from those in Prosper that want her dead, she's also trying to elude the Feds who want her as a material witness. Lastly, she's absconded with am amnesiac who she claims as her husband. To say more would spoil your reading experience. The use of flashbacks as a device made this an extremely interesting and compelling story. It took time to Kendall Deaton is a public defender in Prosper, South Carolina. She's on the run after witnessing something explosive. As if it wasn't enough to be on the lam from those in Prosper that want her dead, she's also trying to elude the Feds who want her as a material witness. Lastly, she's absconded with am amnesiac who she claims as her husband. To say more would spoil your reading experience. The use of flashbacks as a device made this an extremely interesting and compelling story. It took time to unravel and then to reassemble the facts, increasing the tension and suspense. I listened to this book versus reading and I must say I don't remember the miles I put behind me during the telling of the story. The romance developed nicely between two people you wanted to survive and triumph. There is an unexpected little twist at the end to make this experience complete. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a little romance and a lot of mystery and suspense.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sera

    4/5 stars This wasn't my favorite Sandra Brown book, but it's still really good. I wasn't a fan of the bigotry, sexism and racism, but it's needed for the story. John was great and I also liked Kendall. What I love about Sandra's books is that the women are not just airheads in the middle of a crime, but actually wellrounded and smart women. 4/5 stars This wasn't my favorite Sandra Brown book, but it's still really good. I wasn't a fan of the bigotry, sexism and racism, but it's needed for the story. John was great and I also liked Kendall. What I love about Sandra's books is that the women are not just airheads in the middle of a crime, but actually wellrounded and smart women.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sorel

    I liked the unexpected turns the book took and how the details were revealed. But I found much of the dialogue throughout cheesy and contrived. I didn't like most of the characters and found several parts to be quite unbelievable. Overall, entertaining and interesting read but not massively impressive. I liked the unexpected turns the book took and how the details were revealed. But I found much of the dialogue throughout cheesy and contrived. I didn't like most of the characters and found several parts to be quite unbelievable. Overall, entertaining and interesting read but not massively impressive.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Linda/Vancouver/Langley BC Canada Another awesome book by Sandra Brown. Amazing that book was written in 1995 and is still relative to the present time in our lives. This hardcover book is from 1995 even though I bought new. It is the type of book that does not have a paper cover. Just like that used to be made with paper affixed to the hard part of the book. Kendall has been in a car accident and the vehicle goes down a ravine. She escapes with her baby son Kevin and she also saves the man that Linda/Vancouver/Langley BC Canada Another awesome book by Sandra Brown. Amazing that book was written in 1995 and is still relative to the present time in our lives. This hardcover book is from 1995 even though I bought new. It is the type of book that does not have a paper cover. Just like that used to be made with paper affixed to the hard part of the book. Kendall has been in a car accident and the vehicle goes down a ravine. She escapes with her baby son Kevin and she also saves the man that is still alive but badly injured. She rescues John who was taking Kendall to testify against men who beat and murdered anyone contrary to their belief that white people are supreme beings. Kendall is married to Matt who is a member of this movement along with her father-in-law Gibb. The police, judge and others are involved also. Some of the scenes written in this book are very descriptive. John is in poor condition after the accident and has memory loss and is confused. When the Dr. asked Kendall who this man is she said he was her husband. Kendall and Matt are an interesting couple. I loved the whole book . Won't say more as I don't want to spoil it for anyone reading my review. Several interesting people in the book. Loved the story of Kendall and John and baby Kevin. Enjoy book! Will definitely reread. Sandra Brown is one of my favorite authors. She always come through with a good book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    Simply magnificent! I loved it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carolina Gonzalez

    Loved it from start to finish ⭐️

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