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THE WITNESS
by Sandra Brown

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense

1995 CONTEMPORARY SUSPENSE Nominee

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Former Public Defender Kendall Deaton Burnwood is running for her life and that of her newborn son Kevin.

When Kendall accepts the Public Defender's job in Prosper, South Carolina, she thinks she has made a wonderful decision. Especially after she meets and marries handsome Matt Burnwood, son of the town's leader Gibb Burnwood.

Then Kendall discovers that her husband and father-in-law are the leaders of "The Brotherhood," a clan-like organization that takes vicious and deadly retribution on anyone they believe deserving of punishment.

Little Kevin is born months after Kendall flees and goes into hiding. The FBI want Kendall to testify against The Brotherhood, but Kendall knows that if she returns to Prosper, she is a dead woman. She eventually agrees to be a witness, but on the way back to Prosper the car carrying Kendall and Kevin crashes into a swollen river killing the accompanying female Federal Marshal and injuring Marshal John McGrath. When John wakes up in the hospital with amnesia, Kendall seizes the opportunity and informs the doctors that he is her husband.

Unfortunately the Burnwoods are closing in fast. Can Kendall stay out of their reach despite dragging a wounded man and a baby along with her?

Bestselling author Sandra Brown turns in a tour de force reading experience with this explosive, fast paced and sensational novel. Get ready for hours of undiluted thrills. (July, 422 pp., $21.95)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: Warner

Published: July 1995

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The Witness

Submitted by Robin in PA on November 20, 2010 - 11:52pm.

Kendall Deaton moves to a small South Carolina town to become the public defender, and immediately falls in love with the town's golden boy, Matt Burnwood. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Kendall's life seems ideal. But when she stumbles on to the truth about her husband and the town she lives in, Kendall goes on the run for her life. Months later she and her baby son are found. U.S. Marshall John McGrath is dispatched to Colorado to return her as a material witness. A car accident leaves John with no memory and Kendall takes advantage of the fact, telling the hospital that he is her husband. She soon plans her immediate escape, knowing that her only hope for survival is to flee.

This story actually starts with the accident, and the past is told through flashbacks. I was immediately sucked into the story, wanting to know what secret the town was harboring and how Kendall was going to elude both the FBI and her in-laws while on the run with a baby and an amnesiac. Good story. My rating: 4 Stars.