Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller

Rated 4.50/5 based on 28 reviews
A prominent judge is dead; a sixteen year-old girl is accused. Attorney Josie Bates can't turn her back. More
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About Rebecca Forster

Rebecca Forster will try anything once but when she was dared to write a book she found her passion. Now a USA Today and Amazon best selling author with over 40 books to her name, Rebecca is known for her keen ear for dialogue, an eye for detail, twisted plots and unexpected endings. From court watching to weapons training, landing by tail hook on an aircraft carrier to ride-alongs, Rebecca believes in hands on research. Her legal thrillers and police procedurals are inspired by real-life crime and are enriched by her talent for characterization, insightful dialogue and twist endings. "There is a poignancy to crime stories," Rebecca says when asked why she writes thrillers. "Those who investigate or prosecute crimes are personally challenged to be heroic and the victims are forever changed. There is no greater drama." Rebecca is married to a superior court judge and is the mother of two grown sons. She lives in Southern California but loves to connect with readers around the world. To contact her, visit her website. Don't forget to sign up for her spam-free mailing list so you never miss a new release.

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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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Reviews of Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller by Rebecca Forster

Ian Macdonald reviewed on June 30, 2022

This book grips you from page one, you simply cannot put it down. It really is compelling, superbly written and commands your full attention. Having read it I can see why Rebecca mad the best sellers list - a truly worthy accolade.
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Ese Id reviewed on June 7, 2022

Loved this book. Nice story line, no profanity. Good use of time.
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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.
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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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