Hostile Witness: A Josie Bates Thriller: Volume 1 Paperback – 22 Mar 2012
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Josie is drawn into defending Hannah Sheraton, the 16 year old daughter of Josie's former friend, Linda Rayburn. Hannah has OCD and is charged with the murder of her grandfather, Supreme Court Judge Fritz Rayburn.
I'm glad I gave this author a try and found it a reasonable read if a touch tedious and predictable in parts. The character of Josie does have potential and while I won't be desperately raking about to ensure I obtain other books in the series, I may well consider giving them a go to see if the flow of subsequent stories is taken up a notch or two.
It provided a satisfying enough read but I didn't find it a particularly avid page turner hence the mediocre three star grading.
Usually, legal thrillers have a few passages that are dry and boring or feature cardboard characters lacking any spark of life in them. Not so with Hostile Witness. Forster has given life to some vivid, remarkably human characters - the heroic, sympathetic lawyer who puts a painful past behind her to defend a young girl accused of arson and murder; the 16-year-old defendant, a troubled teen lost in emotional chaos and harboring shocking secrets, the girls' seriously dysfunctional mother and step-father seemingly hiding behind mysterious secrets of their own, the hard-nosed yet somehow slightly noble prosecuting attorney, even the victim himself, a man already dead when the novel begins.
The protagonist of the novel is Josie Baylor-Bates, a lawyer who finds herself back in the criminal defense game she left some years ago. Not only is she still dealing with the pain of being abandoned by her mother when she was just a young girl, she is haunted by an old case. An accused murderer she successfully defended (and truly believed to be innocent) turned around and killed again - only this time it was her own children.Read more ›
So why `damn this book'? Because at first I found myself continuing to read it to look for `editing issues' (I know, it's my cursed editor's eye!) but then I felt compelled to continue as I became interested in the resolution and wanted to read on. In that sense, the author has done a good job, pulling me in despite the problems.
I wouldn't recommend people not to read this, it's just that you will need to accept that, if you do, there are flaws. Even better if you don't mind glaring punctuation gaffs, and can accept it for what it is.
Josie Bates is an experienced trial attorney. Three years ago, however, she walked away from her distinguished career after winning a high profile murder case. When the client left the court and soon killed her young children, Ms.Bates was burdened with personal guilt. She hangs up her trial gloves and finds a new job with a small local firm in Santa Monica, uncomplicating her life, finding a wonderful boyfriend, and attempts to leave her past behind.
But three years later, when an acquaintance from college shows up on her doorstep begging Josie to help her teenage daughter who has been charged with murdering a prominent presiding judge, she acquiesces. As she digs deeper into the life of her client, and her client's family, she accumulates more questions, than answers. And when family members start pointing murderous fingers at each other, and Josie's life is threatened, she is pulled deeper and deeper into a tangled web of deceit. One where she must fight for her life.
Hostile Witness is an excellent book I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a well written legal, courtroom, mystery thriller. Prepare to stay up late.
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Very good. If u like court room drama, unpredictable thriller. Very gripping. Excellent plot. Good ending. Try it it's very very good I would recommend thisPublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
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Very readable book with a likeable hedonistic just wanted to win.
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