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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Great book, would recommend. Best read ive had in a while. Could not put kindle down once i had started
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2.0 out of 5 stars SILENT WITNESS
Josie Baylor-Bates finds herself in in her capacity as a lawyer having to defend Archer, the man she loves. A few years before Archer met Josie he was married to Lexi, who has since died of cancer. Previous to her demise Archer, Lexi and his mentally disabled stepson Timothy went to a theme park in California where a tragic accident on a ride resulted in Timothy's...
Published on 28 Dec 2011 by Amanda


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2.0 out of 5 stars SILENT WITNESS, 28 Dec 2011
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Amanda "sac" (uk) - See all my reviews
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Josie Baylor-Bates finds herself in in her capacity as a lawyer having to defend Archer, the man she loves. A few years before Archer met Josie he was married to Lexi, who has since died of cancer. Previous to her demise Archer, Lexi and his mentally disabled stepson Timothy went to a theme park in California where a tragic accident on a ride resulted in Timothy's death. Now Archer is being accused by the boy's natural father of murdering him.
I really enjoyed Hostile Witness ( The Witness Series 1) but this was nowhere near as good, found myself losing interest, and although it did pick up in parts, overall I felt it was quite dull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, 28 Jan 2013
This review is from: SILENT WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 2) (Kindle Edition)
Great book, would recommend. Best read ive had in a while. Could not put kindle down once i had started
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definite Page Turner, 27 Jan 2013
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This is an excellent book, well written with lots of twists and turns, difficult to put it down! Look forward to reading more of Rebecca Forster
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A meticulously constructed, emotionally powerful thriller, 27 Feb 2005
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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Josie Baylor-Bates had given up her lucrative criminal defense practice some years ago, after a former client, one she successfully defended on a murder charge, turned around and killed her own children. She retreated to the small community of Hermosa Beach and a nice and quiet little law practice. Then a former college roommate asked her to defend her daughter, a troubled teen accused of killing her step-grandfather, a justice on the California Supreme Court. That case, the subject of Forster's previous novel Hostile Witness, took a lot out of Josie and changed her life in many ways; she might not have gotten through the ordeal at all without the support of her ex-cop lover Archer. Now she stands to lose Archer, as Silent Witness opens with his arrest for the murder of Timothy Wren, his physically and mentally handicapped step-son, two years ago.
Josie now learns that there is a lot about Archer that she never knew. She knew he had been married before and that his wife had died of cancer, but the man she loves had never mentioned his wife's son or described the horrible manner of his death - a fall from an amusement park ride at nearby Pacific Park. He is less than forthcoming about the incident now, despite the murder charge hanging over his head. Josie, of course, insists on defending him, even when he says he doesn't want her help. Her plans for getting the charges dropped before the case goes to court are pretty much dashed when she views security camera footage from the park that shows Archer making a movement toward Tim just before he fell to his death. All of the self-doubts that have plagued her since her mother abandoned her at thirteen threaten to come to the fore as she struggles to formulate a defense and battle the twinges of doubt over Archer's guilt that sometimes pop up as the evidence seems to mount against her lover and client. She knows the case is much too personal for her, but she cannot trust anyone else with Archer's very life on the line. Archer isn't a big help, keeping information from her and doing a few really stupid things that an ex-cop should know better than to do in a situation such as his.
Josie steels herself to be Archer's lawyer first and foremost, even if it means losing Archer from her life when everything is said and done and the courtroom drama brought to an end. She is sure that the amusement park is hiding something. The charge against Archer only came out after Timothy's natural father, the man who had abandoned his own son and wife a decade earlier, sued the park for damages in relation to his son's death. Colin Wren, for his part, is something of a sinister character who soon casts his ire upon Archer, but Wren's attorney, Jude Getts, proves to be a big asset to Josie and her case. A number of additional fascinating characters weave their way through the story in memorable and oftentimes mysterious ways.
I have to say that, while I think this novel is just terrific, I didn't enjoy it as much as I enjoyed Hostile Witness - largely because the defendant in this case, Archer, is so hostile and secretive throughout his ordeal that he makes Josie's job even harder than it already is. Hannah Sheraton, who is now living with Josie and trying to put her tragic young life back together, was a very sympathetic character in Hostile Witness, but Archer is not - especially in terms of his rigid and in some ways heartless feelings toward the step-son he never wanted and never loved. Certainly, the pain dredged up over the tragic fate of Tim and the premature loss of his beloved wife Lexi are touching, but he's a hard man to really like. Additionally, the mystery of what really happened at Pacific Park on that fateful day doesn't leave room for the sorts of conundrums that wound their way through every page of Hostile Witness. That being said, the novel really goes into overdrive the final one hundred pages and closes with a real bang.
Legal thriller fans should find themselves entranced by this novel. Forster has amazing skill at breathing real life into her characters, including both the good and bad inside each of them, and she is meticulous at leaving no loose ends hanging from the story she weaves. Nor does she give anything away too early, keeping readers alert and guessing until the end. It's a winning formula sure to impress and fascinate fans of legal thrillers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another entertaining legal thriller, 15 Mar 2014
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This e-book is the second legal thriller in Rebecca Foster’s Witness series. Our heroine, Josie Baylor Bates was previously a hotshot lawyer, who moved to the Californian coastline and a small law-firm in an effort to escape the stresses of dealing with high profile cases. However, she is now left with the responsibility of looking after a teenager with multiple problems, and to make matters worse she is again embroiled in a high profile case when her lover, an ex-policeman, is charged with murdering his stepson Tim. Josie knew that Archer had been married, and his wife had died of cancer, but she had no idea he had had a stepson. However, Josie decides to defend him. As the book develops the relationship between Josie and Archer comes under strain as Josie finds out other things about Archer and starts to have doubts regarding his guilt or innocence.
I really enjoyed this e-book, but it’s my view it is important to read the first book in the series (Hostile Witness) first as it sets up the relationships with the main characters, especially the relationship between her and Archer. It is difficult to say any more than that about the story without giving away any spoilers.
I found this book highly entertaining, very well paced and well researched with some twists and turns. It was also very easy to read and as stated above, it picks up where the previous e-book left off.
The question is will I be reading the third e-book in the series? The answer to that is yes. If like me, you enjoy legal thrillers, I’m pretty sure you’ll enjoy this one. However, as previously stated, start with the first one ‘Hostile Witness.’
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars silent it was, 27 Jan 2013
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started to read this as i had enjoyed the other book so much disapointed only got half way and didint finish it
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, 11 Dec 2011
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Another great story from R Forster, I recommend it to anyone who enjoys legal thrillers with a good back story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars good read, 14 Jan 2012
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i purchased this after getting the first book in the series free in amazon. The first book was better but that said this is also a good read. I have went on to purchase the third book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 15 July 2014
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Good read
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Excellent.
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