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Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller
     

Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller

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by Rebecca Forster
 

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

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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

Editorial Reviews

Donna Cummings
One thing is immediately clear from page one of Hostile Witness: you're not going to do anything else until you finish this book.
If you're a fan of legal thrillers, you've read enough to know when an author truly understands the law. Rebecca Forster not only understands how the law really works, in court and out, but she knows how to grip you with the dramatic details of it. Her main character, Josie Baylor-Bates, has tried to escape the hynoptic lure of courtroom battle, but she can't esca
Susan Brooklyn,NY
I am a big book reader. This was the first book I read from Rebecca and it wont be my last. I am looking forward to her part 2 called Silent Witness. This book had everything I look for, Mystery and murder. I receommend this book to all mystery and law books lovers.
Christine CWHD
Absolutely quality legal thriller from cover to cover (and I'm a very picky reader). What an amazing storyteller with so much knowledge of the law! And, although this book was written several years ago, it's hard not to see immediate parallels between the main character and the "tragic" real life characters in Hollywood making headlines today.
J.S. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Edge of your Seat legal thriller!, September 9, 2007
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The true test of a thriller is in keeping the book and rereading again! This is one of those. I have read Hostile Witness, Silent Witness and Privileged Witness. Loved following the same characters through all three books. I am still waiting for the 4th boo

Product Details

BN ID:
2940000719695
Publisher:
Rebecca Forster
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Series:
Witness Series , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,699
File size:
498 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

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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Hostile Witness, A Josie Bates Thriller 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1129 reviews.
ilovetoreadPA More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I read by this author and I was very pleased. It had a lot of twists and turns and kept you on edge. I liked it so much I bought two more of her books. I would recommend that you read the books in order so as to understand the characters. If I had not read this first I would have been confused as to who one of the characters was and how she was a part of the story, and, her issues that make the stories unique. This is a good book to bring to the beach or anywhere that will allow you the time to keep reading as you will not want to put it down. The only problem with the e-book version is it does not separate the chapters and it can get confusing. I wish they would fix that problem since it can be annoying.
JustJans2cents More than 1 year ago
Lots of twists that you don't see coming. Interesting characters keep you guessing. Was a quick and entertaining read. (Downloaded just fine on my Nook)
Ratbruce More than 1 year ago
Hostile Witness is the first book in the 'Witness Series' that includes Silent Witness and Privileged Witness and is an impressive introduction to the key characters: Josie Baylor-Bates is the talented lawyer who takes on the impossible murder case, defending the very troubled teenager Hannah Sheraton. As the story unfolds you get caught up in the drama of the storyline as well as the underlying issues of mother/daughter relationships. The characters develop over the course of the three books. Start with this one and get them all.
Ima-Dancer More than 1 year ago
I read and review a variety of books so when the opportunity was presented to read a Thriller, based on an actual Court Case, I jumped on it and am I ever glad I did! Ms. Forster gave me a Thriller ride of a lifetime---Her characters are beautifully developed and well written, the plot goes at a pace to match a racing heart, her storytelling is superb and totally spellbinding. I am sorry to say, “Hostile Witness” is the first book I have read by Ms. Foster but I will tell you, it will certainly not be the last!! I now have all the books in this Witness Series and am enjoying every minute, every page, every thrill. I suggest any of you reading this review do the same. I visited her website and discovered not just a great author, but a caring, loving person with an awesome family, strong values and a brilliant mind. Shame on me for not finding her sooner and Shame on Hollywood if someone doesn’t have the sense to approach this woman and make her books into movies---not just a little miniseries---no, no no---I am talking major motion picture. There are so many talented actresses out there to play the persistent, strong Josie and the vulnerable, lost and abused Hannah. I give this book 5 stars only because there are not 10 to give! Thank you, Ms. Forster, for giving your readers such a jewel. Keep writing and allow us to “witness” your extraordinary characters and stories for many years to come!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many twists and turns. Could not put it down. Looking forward to sequel silent witness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wasn't sure how I was going to like this one. Though it was long, it flowed really well. The story was good and even offered a few surprises. I liked the characters, and am interested in finding the other books they appear in. I would recommend this to people that enjoy a good courtroom drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't stop reading this book, a real page turner! My only issue was that there seem to be one or more pages missing in the middle of the story, the conversations jumped ahead and I had to make assumptions.. fantastic for a free book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read! Keeps you guessing the whole book...did she or didnt she? YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoy Law n Order you will enjoy this author!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all for of the witness series. Worth reading, well written characters, keep the plot moving in all 4 books. Just when i thougth i knew who did it, Ms Forster would thrown a curve to the plot making doubt you did it. Recommend reading the series. I' m going to buy the rest of her other books to read.
BalloonLady More than 1 year ago
I wasn't impressed with the main character in this book -- although it was a quick escapist read. I was often distracted by misspellings and grammatical errors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once I started this book, I couldn't put it down. Suspenseful with a great storyline.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read but soooo many spelling and grammatical errors. Awful editing.
My2CentsIL More than 1 year ago
The book has a lot of things going for it - a sympathetic victim, several characters you don't like and hope are guilty, and enough twists and turns to keep you guessing. The characters are well thought out but the author took the right approach in revealing just enough about each of them so you were still curious about their past and their personal motivations so the reader is left to fill in some of the blanks on their own - is Josie taking on this case for the right reasons, what will become of Hannah, etc. A great find for a free (at least when I picked it up) book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had never heard of this author and was looking for something to read. Caught my eye because of the price as an ebook. This book turned out to be a great read. Once I started I could not put it down. The story was great. I am looking forward to reading the next book with the same characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story and plotline are good, but this book isn't very well written. A writer myself, I am quite particular about writing style, correct use of words and tenses, good flow, etc. If you don't notice these things or they simply don't bother you, then you will enjoy this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok just finished the book I love it! so many twists and turns that u dont see coming and the killer isnt noticable untill the end when you put the pieces together. Very long and does swear. Im gonna try to um read the other books bc this author was very good...... recomending to mature teens and older. Talks about the obsesive/compulsive disease and i really enjoyed that little info that that the author threw in there. The book does get vielent in the end and so it spices up the story. People in the book lie tons and so it is difficult to see the truth till the end, but that makes the book that much more intersting. I liked how the author made it inpossible to know if Hannah is guilty of murder or not. Also, ( not trying to be a story spoiler!!!!) But Hannah is also abused, and is a cutter. She could be a guide for a cutter in help and could be a possible help for a abused teen so they can understand that the abuse is not their fault. Hannah is also a painter, which helps her get through here problems and in the end the paintings help find the answers when Hannah is injuried and cannot speak to Josie the detective. Some love-making involved between Josie and Archer but doesnt descibe it just states the facts Enjoy
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If i could give this book more stars i wouldve. This book is such a page turner and i couldnt stop reading it(Ill say, i read it in 2 days!) Hannah sheraton is a wonderful character and i really enjoy the plot. Strongly recommend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had this book for awhile, read a few pages here an there. When I finally decided to sit down an really read it I couldn't put it down!! Really enjoyed the suspense.... just when I thought I had it figured out, there would be a twist in the story. Thanks for reminding me how much I enjoy reading an relaxing with a good book!! Looking forward to relaxing with the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good read. I loved the twists and turns of the story. It kept me guessing throughout the whole book. If you like legal thrillers (like John Grisham) this is a good book, well written. I would recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinatiing! Unpredictable. Grreat subplots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A Must read, very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story that could have been much better with some editing: punctuation would have aided reading pleasure; shortening would have heightened the drama. Some scenes seem endless and don't really add to the plot. Then, after 700+ pages, after another too-long scene, the novel is "suddenly" at an end, although this is the only part of the novel where more information would be welcome. Too bad, really, because the plot does grip--despite impatience with the sloppyy editing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good story line but the author could have made some cuts to shorten the book by at least than 300 pages. Why I say this is because it wasn't hard to figure out who the real killer was way before the end.