Book Review: The Witnesses

12 Aug

518j31rOpsL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Young lawyer Parker House is on the rise—until his grandfather’s mysterious past puts both of their lives in danger.

Parker House’s secret inheritance is either his greatest blessing . . . or his deadliest curse. The fresh-faced North Carolina attorney shares his German grandfather’s uncanny ability to see future events in his mind’s eye—a gift that has haunted 82-year-old Frank House through decades of trying to erase a murderous wartime past.

While Parker navigates the intrigue and politics of small-town courtroom law, Frank is forced to face his darkest regrets. Then, a big career break for Parker collides with a new love he longs to nurture and the nightmares his grandfather can no longer escape. Sudden peril threatens to shatter not only Parker’s legal prospects but also his life and the lives of those dearest to him.

Two witnesses, two paths, an uncertain future.


512-S7U3OmL._UX250_Robert Whitlow grew up in north Georgia. He graduated magna cum laude from Furman University with a BA in history in 1976 and received his JD with honors from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1979. A practicing attorney, he is a partner in a Charlotte, NC law firm. He and his wife Kathy have four children and three grandchildren.

Robert began writing in 1996. His novels are set in the South and include both legal suspense and interesting characterization. It is his desire to write stories that reveal some of the ways God interacts with people in realistic scenerios.


My Impressions:

My book club never passes up a chance to read a novel by Robert Whitlow. Although he has scored a miss or two with us, he is a consistent favorite. His latest book, The Witnesses, is Whitlow at his best. We met last night to discuss the book. I have to admit that I finished it just minutes before walking out the door. Others in the group had not finished it, but had skimmed the ending so that they could join in on the discussion. (In our defense, we only had a 2 1/2 week turn around between meetings. We usually have at least a month.) The consensus was that we loved the book, and for those who had not completed it, that pleasure was on their agenda for the rest of the evening.

Parker House and his grandfather, Frank, are gifted with hunches and premonitions. Frank’s ability has led to some of his biggest regrets, while Parker, a young lawyer, has barely discovered the power and responsibility of his gift. The past, present and future collide as their need for a life lived with integrity is impacted by the expectations and demands of their world.

There is much to love about The Witnesses. Well-developed characters are easy to love (or hate as the case may be). My book club especially liked Frank who could have easily been a difficult character to connect with. As a former officer in the German army in WWII, he participated in operations against the Allies. But his deep sense of right and wrong and his conscience made him real and relatable. His story was the most engaging, yet we were heavily invested in Parker’s story, especially his relationship with Layla and her father/his boss, Tom Blocker. Elements of suspense, legal drama, and romance make this a story that will appeal to a wide audience. I had to take this book away from my husband so I could have it read by my meeting. He is a big fan of Whitlow, too, and is eager to get back to the story. The book encouraged a good bit of discussion, and the questions at the back went a long way in directing us. Faith elements are strong, including the theme of forgiveness that runs throughout the book. Whitlow uses God’s word and the words of others to impact the characters ( and his readers) and draw them closer to God. The idea of visions/intuition/premonitions was one that intrigued us and made us think more about what the Bible has to say about it. A book that points to what God says is a big winner for us.

We all loved our time spent with Frank, Parker and Layla — one member wished there could be a sequel. The Witnesses scores a unanimous thumbs up from By The Book!

Highly recommended.

Audience: adults.

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(I purchased this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

2 Responses to “Book Review: The Witnesses”

  1. thepowerofwords2016 August 12, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    Beckie, your book club sounds wonderful. If only I lived closer! I’ve been longing to try Robert Whitlow, pretty sure I would love his books. Maybe I can make that happen soon.

    School started back last week in my area, 8/1 to be exact, which makes me think it should be fall. But then I glance at my phone and it says “92 – feels like 102” . . .

    • rbclibrary August 12, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

      Our kids went back to school last week too. I know what you mean. I am so over this hot weather. Looking forward to cooler temps — in 2-3 months. 🙂 Wish you lived closer too — for many reasons. :). Try Whitlow, I think you will like him. No creepy, scary parts either!

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