- Publisher: Grand Central
- Release Date: 1995, 2001, 2007, 2009, 2014
- ISBN-13: 978-0446603300
- Available Languages: French, Japanese, Norwegian, German, English (UK), Czech, Swedish, Russian, Finnish, Polish, Dutch, Thai
- Available Formats: Audio, e-Book, Print
In THE WITNESS, the title character is Kendall Deaton, newlywed and newly appointed public defender in a small mountain town, where secrets are as impenetrable as the dense woods surrounding it.
THE WITNESS begins with Kendall surviving a car accident. She pulls the injured driver from the car, along with her newborn son. At a county hospital, the casualty is diagnosed with a broken leg and temporary amnesia. Kendall identifies him as her husband and, as soon as possible, escapes with him to a remote farmhouse. The injured man realizes all is not as Kendall would have him believe — especially that he is her husband.
Instinctively he knows that she’s hiding something — something that terrifies her. Frustrated by her endless deceptions and his own inability to remember who he is, who she is, or where they were going before the car crash, he plays along with her charade . . . until his memory returns.
Kendall knows her time is running out. She must once again escape — from the FBI, from an untimely and impossible love, and from the members of the Brotherhood, who would kill her for witnessing the atrocities they commit in the name of righteousness.
“This page-turner is a must on any summer beach-reading list and a testament to Brown’s gift as a talented storyteller.” —USA TODAY
A Note From Sandra
…received a lot of buzz when it was published in the spring of 1995 within weeks of the Oklahoma City bombing. The book was written a year prior to its publication and thus the bombing, but my fictitious Brotherhood bore an unsettling resemblance to extremists groups which came into the forefront of public awareness following this national tragedy.
Another personal sidebar: both my children were attending the University of Oklahoma that spring. The main campus is in Norman, but the Health Sciences Center is in Oklahoma City, blocks away from the Murrah Federal Building. My daughter was in class there when the bomb was detonated. A few weeks later, one of her graduation ceremonies was held in the First Baptist Church. Plywood had replaced the stained glass windows of the beautiful, historic sanctuary. Devastation and destruction were evident all over the downtown area. Seeing it left me feeling violated and vulnerable.
The university graduates wore blue ribbons on their gowns in honor of the victims and survivors, as well as the brave and tireless rescuers, some of whom my children knew. Actor James Garner delivered the commencement address. He was wonderful. Probably the most poignant moment of graduation weekend occurred when one of the survivors crossed the stage to receive her diploma. She was in a wheelchair, and had been allowed to leave the hospital only long enough to attend the ceremony.