The Witness by Nora Roberts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great, at 16 Liz sneaks out with an older "friend" to go clubbing. They are hit on by two members of the Russian Mob. Julie pressures Liz into accompanying her to Alexi's house. Liz goes out on the balcony for some fresh air and witnesses Alexi and Julie being murdered. She barely manages to escape. The copes take her into protective custody and she is being protected by U.S. Marshalls until the Russian Mob hit men and Kingpin's son can stand trial.
John and Terry (The U.S. Marshalls that are with her during the day) take her under their wings. John teaches her how to shoot a gun and Terry teaches her self defense. But on her 17th birthday the relief Marshalls arrive intent on killing Liz, John and Terry. When Terry opens the door she realizes something is wrong and has time to warn John, who fatally wounded manages to make it to Liz's room where she was trying on their birthday gifts to her. He tells her to run and trust no one. His heroic last stand allows her to escape.
Now Liz/Abigail is starting a new life in a small Arkansas town, but falling in love with the town Sheriff complicates her life. She eventually reveals her past to him and they concoct a plan to bring the Russian Mob down so she can stop running.
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