Expert Witness

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Hermosa Beach attorney Josie Bates is missing, and the cops say there's nothing they can do. They believe she can take care of herself, but the release of an old client and mysterious list found in her car say different. Racing against time, Josie's sixteen-year-old ward, Hannah Sheraton, and Josie's lover, Archer, must work together despite their differences to find her before it's too late. More

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About Rebecca Forster

Rebecca Forster is an Amazon and USA Today bestselling author with over 25 novels to her name. Her legal thrillers have been called, "Perfect. Impossible to put down." By Laurie Levensen, CBS legal correspondent.

She holds a BA from Loyola University, Chicago and an MBA from Loyola University, Los Angeles.

Married to a superior court judge and the mother of two sons, she has taught at UCLA writers program, volunteers in classrooms and speaks in many venues around the country. When she's not writing, you'll find Rebecca traveling, sewing and on the tennis court.

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Review by: Lavinia Thompson on July 10, 2012 :
"It is the duty of an attorney to do all of the following: To maintain inviolate the confidence, and at every peril to himself or herself, to preserve the secrets of his or her client. ~ Business and Professional Code

That is quote with which Rebecca Forster ends her brilliant "Witness" series that follows the career of Josie Bates, a once notorious defense attorney who left behind a world of high-profile clients to settle into a low crime rate city of Hermosa Beach. In this final instalment of the series, Bates goes missing, her adopted daughter Hannah is about to go back to child protective services, and Josie's boyfriend Archer is desperate to save both Hannah and Josie.

I am sad the series has ended. I simply love these books. Forster writes with impeccable detail, the eyes of an attorney, and knows her stuff. All four of these books have been rated five stars by me simply because they really keep you guessing and there is always an unexpected twist. I will definitely be seeking out Forster's other books. Thank you, Rebecca Forster, for writing this amazing series. I will likely be reading it again soon!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Arthur Levine on Jan. 06, 2012 :
A Review Of Expert Witness by Arthur Levine


Simply The Best


Expert Witness by Rebecca Forster is simply one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. I’ve never read a book before that was so skillfully choreographed with descriptions of people and places that I felt right at the scene and in the middle of the action. The first five pages bombarded my senses and drew me into the story with a passion to read more.

What happened to Josie? Who has abducted this brilliant lawyer who has made so many enemies over the course of her career? We have to know and private detective Archer, psychiatrist Daniel Young, policewoman Liz Driscoll and Josie’s ward, Hannah show us the way going from one suspense filled moment to another as Josie tries to free herself from the ties that bind her so cruelly in a cement bunker buried deep in the Florida countryside.

The search to find out who holds Josie captive, and the desire to know if she will be freed carried me from page to page. I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading one hundred and twenty pages straight through one afternoon until I got the answer. It was not the answer I had guessed at. Rebecca skillfully steers us from one false conclusion to another tempting us with the possibility of alternative endings until the truth is revealed. I never saw it coming. I was shocked that I never suspected the real culprit until near the end of the book, but I guess that’s what good plot and sub plot design is all about.

Strong and sympathetic characters interacting on a highly charged intense level, attention to detail and a high intensity action/adventure thriller combine to make this a must read as the past catches up with our principal character and she is made to pay for her prior sins. Rebecca is kind enough to detail at the end all the steps that lead to Josie’s capture and confinement and how the real villain manages to disguise his actions and his warped reasoning that fool all of us including the other characters in her novel. This one deserves five stars.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Arthur Levine on Jan. 06, 2012 :
A Review Of Expert Witness by Arthur Levine


Simply The Best


Expert Witness by Rebecca Forster is simply one of the best thrillers I’ve ever read. I’ve never read a book before that was so skillfully choreographed with descriptions of people and places that I felt right at the scene and in the middle of the action. The first five pages bombarded my senses and drew me into the story with a passion to read more.

What happened to Josie? Who has abducted this brilliant lawyer who has made so many enemies over the course of her career? We have to know and private detective Archer, psychiatrist Daniel Young, policewoman Liz Driscoll and Josie’s ward, Hannah show us the way going from one suspense filled moment to another as Josie tries to free herself from the ties that bind her so cruelly in a cement bunker buried deep in the Florida countryside.

The search to find out who holds Josie captive, and the desire to know if she will be freed carried me from page to page. I couldn’t put this book down and ended up reading one hundred and twenty pages straight through one afternoon until I got the answer. It was not the answer I had guessed at. Rebecca skillfully steers us from one false conclusion to another tempting us with the possibility of alternative endings until the truth is revealed. I never saw it coming. I was shocked that I never suspected the real culprit until near the end of the book, but I guess that’s what good plot and sub plot design is all about.

Strong and sympathetic characters interacting on a highly charged intense level, attention to detail and a high intensity action/adventure thriller combine to make this a must read as the past catches up with our principal character and she is made to pay for her prior sins. Rebecca is kind enough to detail at the end all the steps that lead to Josie’s capture and confinement and how the real villain manages to disguise his actions and his warped reasoning that fool all of us including the other characters in her novel. This one deserves five stars. Find out more about Expert Witness at http://www.rebeccaforster.com/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bruce Raterink on Dec. 17, 2011 :
Fans of Rebecca Forster’s Witness books are sure to be thrilled with this latest addition to the series. Defense Attorney, Josie Bates, has gone missing and Archer, her private investigator boyfriend, is frantically searching for her. While tracking down suspects from some of her past cases, he struggles with how to help Hannah, Josie’s teenage ward. Just like the other books in this series, character development is masterfully accomplished, with Archer and Hannah as prime examples. Building on the uneasy tension between them about how they both fit into Josie’s life, they are now uncomfortably linked by her absence. Intertwined with this fast-paced abduction storyline are these emotionally believable characters trying to carve out space for themselves and each other. I also liked the way the secondary characters come to life with as much drama and purpose as the primary characters. Readers new to the series should start with Hostile Witness and read the entire set.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: Carole Raterink on Dec. 17, 2011 :
A well-written, fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing right to the end. I've read the other three in this series and recommend you start with the first one, Hostile Witness, and read them all. The complex relationship between the characters is what sets these books apart from a lot of other books in the genre. Rebecca Forster keeps the story moving while at the same time giving her characters a surprising amount of depth. Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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