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  • Paperback: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Silent C Press (22 Mar. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061559591X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615595917
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.4 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"One of today's best writers of legal thrillers."

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This is the first book I have read by this author and I believe is the first in a series of stories with lawyer Josie Baylor-Bates as the central character.

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.
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The first I have read by this author, & it won't be the last. Several legal thrillers have left me cold, but this was engrossing. fast paced, complex, with only a couple of minor gripes, (just occasionally too much unnecessary irrelevant description ).I guessed the who, but the point was proving it. Most unusual characters, very well researched. I will buy more . This was free and an excellent marketing strategy that was.
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After reading the same old authors for many years, I thought I would try someone new. I picked this book mainly from the customer reviews. What a surprise! The book is excellent and I was rivetted all the way through. I shall be reading more Rebecca Forster. I hope they are as good as this one was. Definitely recommended!
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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2005
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I haven't read many legal thrillers in the past few years, but I think I am going to have to add more books of this genre to my future reading list - especially those written by Rebecca Forster. Hostile Witness is just a fantastic, completely absorbing read, the kind of book that makes you hate your job because having to get up early for work means having to set the novel aside in the wee hours of the morning just so you can get a few hours of sleep. Any thriller is best judged by the number of hours' sleep you miss, and Hostile Witness is right up there with the best of them.
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.
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I didn't want to like or even finish this book as I read the first few pages. Why? Because it needs a darn good edit. It needs trimming of some of the `fat', the unnecessary descriptions etc., that would normally be trimmed by a publisher's team. And there are scores, if not hundreds, of punctuation errors, which I eventually did my best to ignore. There are inconsistencies in the plot - e.g. one character inspects her nails, even though we were told on the previous page that she is wearing gloves - and there is much evidence of weak writing e.g. `He had a wonderful face.' Ouch! That's one basic writing rule out of the window! And the plot resolution is dodgy, when near the end the heroine finds a clue that would have been readily picked up by even the most unobservant forensic team on page one. The identity of the perpetrator is also a tad predictable from early on. The characters are okay - the flawed heroine is a touch irritating, but at least she is consistent.
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.
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Once again, Rebecca Forster has written a powerful, legal mystery thriller. Her characters are convincing, and her fast-paced story keeps your interest all the way through to the nail-biting conclusion.

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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