Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, a California Supreme Court justice, her distraught mother turns to once infamous defense attorney, Josie Bates. Now a small town lawyer in Hermosa Beach, Josie wants nothing to do with the case since the gruesome evidence points to Hannah's guilt. When the girl is charged as an adult, Josie can't turn her back
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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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About the Series: The Witness Series
Josie Bates, once a hot shot criminal defense attorney, now practices law in a small town of Hermosa Beach. When her past comes calling, Josie not only defends a sixteen-year-old girl, Hannah Sheraton, for murder, she takes her into her home. Together with her lover, Archer, this hobbled together family faces danger from home and afar as Josie continues to hold honor and the pursuit of justice dear above all else.

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artemis333 reviewed on Nov. 3, 2017

Interesting characters and an awesome ending. It was better than i expected.
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Frankie Kay reviewed on Jan. 6, 2017

The characterisation in this book was good, as was the plot. The court room scenes were not too overpowering! I would recommend this book for an exciting finish.
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Ugochukwu Kingsley Ani reviewed on Jan. 25, 2016

the book is very well written by the author. She really tried is all i can say
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Tabitha Ormiston-Smith reviewed on Nov. 24, 2015

Hostile Witness is billed as a legal thriller, and I don't know that I really agree with that classification; although it's true that the whole thing is about a murder trial, nothing in the plot hinges on a matter of law; it is all about matters of fact. To me, it seemed more appropriately designated a psychological thriller.

This, though, is just by the way - this quibble certainly didn't affect my enjoyment of a complex and brilliantly excecuted thriller. It was exciting, believable and scary as hell. The courtroom scenes were beautifully done, and if Ms Forster is not in the law herself I am sure she has at least logged many courtroom hours in the pursuit of verisimilitude. The characters were engaging and realistic, in the psychological sense. An excellent beginning caught the reader from the first page, and the book didn't let go. I'd certainly like to read more from this author.

I was slightly irritated at the apparent carelessness of the proofreading of this fine book. Frequent homophone errors (not that frequent, but I did notice at least four or five, and that is four or five too many for a published work) were a nagging irritant.
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Sharon E. Cathcart reviewed on Oct. 18, 2013

I always hate starting a review with these words: I abandoned this book. I was 30 percent into it, so I think I gave it a more-than-fair shake.

The editorial issues were numerous (homophone issues, plural v. possessive confusion, and more ...) and took me out of the story far too often. Furthermore, I really didn't connect with any of the characters enough to soldier on any further.
(reviewed 3 years after purchase)
Clair Roxanna reviewed on Sep. 15, 2013

A great read. I enjoyed it and recommend it. This Josie is a kick butt kind of chic.
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Robert Schobernd reviewed on Sep. 14, 2013

Hostile Witness is an excellent story that is well told and captivating. The characters are well defined and run the gamut from pathetic to strong and admirable. The plot is clever and has the required twist and tension to make this a page turner. Even the editing, while not totally with out fault, is above average.
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Alan Rudge reviewed on April 4, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyable. I'll be looking for more books in the series for sure.
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Carol Carroll reviewed on March 5, 2013
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Four-and-a-half stars
The beginning of this book is intriguing. Even though it's a bit slow to get revved up, when it does, you'd better have your seat belt on!

Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster—The story of a troubled teenage girl being accused of murder, and a woman lawyer dealing with her own personal struggles while trying to help the girl she wants to believe in. The author painted scenes in words that tore at my heart and tightened my chest as I read on to find out what would happen next. Very good story, very ‘real’ characters, and attention-grabbing locations portrayed vividly… If you like a good mystery/suspense novel, this is a great read!
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Cheryl Ischy reviewed on Feb. 7, 2013

This book was very good. It was very interesting and kept me wanting to read on & on. Very enjoyable easy read!
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)

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