Keeping Counsel

Rated 4.86/5 based on 7 reviews
New Mexico attorney Tara Linley believes in the fairness of the law until she takes on her best friend’s lover as a client. When Tara learns of Bill Hamilton's shocking crime - and bound by the attorney/client privilege - she must find a way to protect her professional reputation, her friend and even her own life as circumstances spiral out of control at the hands of a madman.

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About Rebecca Forster

Rebecca Forster started writing on a crazy dare and is now a USA Today bestselling author with over 35 novels to her name. Her legal thrillers have been called, "Perfect. Impossible to put down" by Laurie Levenson, CBS legal correspondent.
Married to a superior court judge and the mother of two sons, Rebecca 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, reading or speaking to bar associations, philanthropic groups and book clubs.

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Review by: Richard Bunning on Nov. 8, 2012 :
The mechanics of the plot are well designed, the first requirement of any legal thriller. I have no idea as to whether all the detailed legal structure holds up, or even the total psychological profile of the killer, not that such exactitudes have much influence on the stories excitement. What is important is that I was drawn in, founding myself to be genuinely concerned for the safety of Tara and Shining. The menacing power of the killer seemed only too real. I had no trouble believing the mix of sexual attraction and repulsion that Tara felt for both the killer, and her ex-lover, Ben. People are a mix of often contradictory and always confusing quirks, characteristics that Forster plays very well. All the characters worked for me, all flawed, all, including the killer, a mix of good and bad. The only relationship I struggled to believe was Bill's with his mother, but here we are on the very fringes of the story. To be a five star book I felt I needed better legal resolution, through playing the story out a little longer. It crosses my mind that Forster felt compelled to pander to the mass of readers that don't like to read too long. I can't argue against commercial sense. Also note that I'm not suggesting that the ending lacked punch, it certainly had that. I see this novel as more of a psychological thriller than a legal one. It is so full of very penetration observations about what makes people tick. I am sure that I will be reading many more of Forster's books.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Lena Burghardt on Nov. 12, 2011 :
live every thing that I have read from this author so far.
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Review by: Rashida on Aug. 14, 2011 :
I loved this book! An excellent legal thriller to me. I hope there is another book because I don't feel that this story is finished. I have read several of Rebecca Forster's books and I have enjoyed every one!!
(reviewed 23 days after purchase)
Review by: Arthur Levine on June 22, 2011 :
Keeping Counsel
Top of the Line Legal Thriller

Rebecca Forester has crafted a wonderful legal thriller that will have you unable to put her book down as you read on to find out what will happen to Tara, a lawyer with a psycho killer named Bill for a client. She is in danger of abusing her status as a lawyer as she strives to protect her best friend Donna from this maniac without betraying the confidence the killer has burdened her with. The action was so intense I couldn’t put it down and read right through the weekend to the startling end. Glad I did, but sorry the experience is over. Now I look forward to Rebecca’s next novel with great anticipation. Hard to believe anything could top this, but with a talented wordsmith like Rebecca chances are she will.

The jeopardy that the killer puts Tara in provides for non-stop intense edge of your seat thrills and suspense. Not even Tara’s boyfriend Ben can protest her from the mind-bending antics of the killer as he tries to intimidate her and threaten her, but Tara is too strong wiled to let him succeed. At the shocking conclusion I found myself wondering if the terror would ever end. You will too. Simply delicious action packed suspense. This one deserves five stars.
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Review by: Linda Phillips on May 31, 2011 :
Another excellent mystery book by Rebecca Forster.
(reviewed 16 days after purchase)
Review by: Sandy Wolters on May 18, 2011 :
WOW! Hold on. Let me catch my breath. This author was able to reach down and relay the workings of a freakishly twisted mind to such a degree that it’s frightening. I was on the edge of my seat while reading Keeping Counsel. Just when you think the bad guy can’t do anything worse, he does. This book is so good you won’t be able to put it down. THIS IS A MUST READ.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Bruce Raterink on May 26, 2010 :
If the prologue doesn’t suck you in, you shouldn’t be reading this genre. This is an incredible psychological/legal thriller that kept me anxiously turning pages late into the night. The title refers to the attorney-client privilege of secrecy and the charming, yet deadly protagonist in Keeping Counsel knows how to use it when he retains his lover’s best friend to represent him. The tense interplay between these two characters is reminiscent of Silence of the Lambs where the killer’s compelling seductiveness barely conceals his creepy, unstable behavior. Torn between protecting her friend and upholding the law, Tara Linley walks a fine line between what’s legal and what’s right. Rebecca Forster’s vivid descriptions and true-to-life characters jump off the page with incredible authenticity. This is one you do not want to miss.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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