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Hostile Witness

Hostile Witness

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by Rebecca Forster

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When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Bates, for help.

Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton


When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Bates, for help.

Josie, once a hot-shot criminal defense attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach, California. But Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back.

But the deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships have created a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth of the murder is uncovered could save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.

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

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Meet the Author

I began writing on a crazy dare. Now, 23 books later and a few best sellers under my belt, writing is my passion. This story was inspired by a case my husband handled. As a superior court judge he had to sentence a minor to life in prison. It made me wonder how I felt about minors arrested for violent crimes. Are they most vulnerable among us - capable or horrible violence, perceived as adults and yet emotionally still children?

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Hostile Witness 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
BikerBabs More than 1 year ago
Hostile Witness is filled with memorable characters, tense courtroom scenes, and riveting suspense. The storyline is solid, and ends with a bang. Josie is definitely a lawyer you'd want on your side. She has guts, tenacity, and a soft heart for the innocent. I see there are more books in this series, so I plan to pick up the next. This was an excellent mystery with lots of twists to keep you guessing.
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Dyow More than 1 year ago
Excellent!! Extremely well written with an intriguing storyline that has you turning the pages to see if you have figured the "who done it" part out! I will read the other books in this series. To me, writers fall into a few categories, some need to chose other hobbies, some are amateurish, some are just ok and some are professional. This writer is professional. This book was free but I will be paying for the next ones and will be getting my money's worth, I'm sure.
K_C More than 1 year ago
Very good. Hard to put down.
annadarling More than 1 year ago
It seems I am going against the main tide of support for this courtroom thriller. I knew who did it early on so there was little surprise at the big revelation. The characters however were beautifully created with deep complex personalities. I genuinely liked the writing style and development but it was too obvious so many of the conversations felt pointless. 
MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
Hostile Witness is a very good, fast pasted book. It has a lot of twists and turns. It will leave you fascinated, and consumed in the plot. I would recommend this book to anyone who reads legal thrillers or even watches them on TV! I love legal thrillers and this one was especially good. It took me to another world and the story was great. This author is becoming my favorite along with Tom Clancy and Steven King and also Dean Coontz. Had to take time out of my busy schedule to give praise to where it is due and to let people know about this great writer. Hat’s off to Rebecca Forster! Stunning . . . a novel that comes to you out of the blue and manages to keep you reading feverishly until the whole thing is completed.
Kissablysweetone More than 1 year ago
   Josie Bates is an attorney who recently moved from the city to a smaller law practice.  Her last case in the city really took a toll on her mentally. She needed the time to rejuvenate.    When  Linda Sheraton-Rayburn showed up at her door, Josie knew it was bad news.  The two shared an apartment in college and she'd learned quickly Linda wasn't there to study books.  Now, Linda's daughter was in trouble. She'd been arrested for the murder of State Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn. Justice Rayburn was well respected and adored by many.  Josie, however, wasn't sure she could take this case.  It meant putting her faith in the honesty of her client.  The last time she did that, children lost their lives.  Josie decides to take the leap of faith required and what a leap it is.  The more she learns about this case and the people it affects, the more sure she is she needs to give up the case.      Gritty and captivating, this book has a huge cast of characters and possible murderers.  The story is plotted out well and written in such a way it brings you right to the center of the action.  You can almost hear Josie's heart pounding in some parts.  Characters you'll love or love to hate make this a fantastic mystery.  Josie is a bring it or go home kind of woman, especially as an attorney, so it makes following her moves dangerous and exciting.  You'll be stuck in the center of this tornado and watching it swirl around. Just when you think you've figured it all out, WHAM! something new is added to the mix.      I found no issues with this one.      I gave this one 5 cheers out of 5 because it ranks up there with the very best mysteries.   ~Copy of book provided by author in exchange for a fair review~ 
DogGuardian More than 1 year ago
This was my first Rebecca Forster book and it will surely be followed by others in the series. The author is a fabulous writer and the plot really flows. I'm astounded that anyone would give the book less than 5 stars!
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Although i agree with previous comments about catching some grammer problems, the story is great . I am halfway through.Just hope I am not disappointed.
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Great read, Deffinatly an attention getter from the start. If you like who did it type books you,ll love this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! lots of twist and turns. I couldn't put it down once I started reading it. But there were a couple of pages missing from it on my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. This was the first novel by Rebecca Forster that I have read and found very hard to put it down. She is a very good writer and the characters are well described. I will definitly read the next three novels in this series.
LisaTortorello More than 1 year ago
I was taken in by Rebecca Forster's main character Hannah Sheraton right from the beginning. The further the plot progressed, the more I felt for this girl. As a teacher, I've seen students who struggle with "family baggage" and don't know how to process it. I've taught a couple of students who were cutters also. Rebecca Forster does a great job describing Hannah's self-destructive behavior. A couple of times I felt myself cringing as I read. Hannah's mother is a character that I found I loved to hate. Guilty or innocent, she has a lot of responsibility for Hannah's present situation. Enter Josie Baylor-Bates trial lawyer and "friend" of Hannah's mother. When Hannah is accused of killing her step-grandfather (who is also a big-time judge), Josie is called upon to help. Josie has her own baggage that leads to some of her decisions in Hannah's case. As the plot continues to twist and turn, the realization comes that by helping one person another may be destroyed. The question that weaves throughout the whole story is...who really deserves the help? Who really is the innocent party here? Is Hannah a murderer or a victim or both? Justice being served may well depend upon the Hostile Witness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book i have read by this author and i really enjoyed it, couldnt put down and will recommend to all of my friends!!!
debralmartin More than 1 year ago
From the moment the book opened with 16-year-old Hannah Sheraton being processed into the women's prison, I was hooked. When Hannah's mother begs her old college roommate, Josie Bates, to defend her daughter, Josie is caught up in a complicated legal situation. Was this a simple case of a rebellious teenager acting out or was there an underlying reason for the girl's obsessive compulsive actions? These are the issues that Josie must uncover if she is to mount a credible defense for Hannah. Throughout the book, Ms. Forster teases you with snippets about Hannah, her mother, Linda Rayburn, and her aspiring politician husband, Kip. Each one of these characters is flawed in their own way and especially how they interact with each other, but the burning question throughout the book was did Hannah set that fateful fire. It's a roller coaster of emotions and it will keep you thinking about the relationships of mothers and daughter and father and sons long after you've finished reading the book. Highly Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was a little skeptical because it was free, but boy was I wrong!! What a page-turner! Could not put it down and was sad it ended! I can't wait to start reading the rest of the "Witness" series books!!
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SJCaldwell More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read by Rebecca Forster BUT it won't be the last. I enjoyed the book. It held my attention down to the very last page and kept me wondering who the real culprit was. I recommend this book to all thriller readers.....you won't be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read! I could not put it down
NH-NJ More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I will definitely continue to read this author and the rest of the "Hostile" series! I can't believe it was free--THANK YOU Barnes & Noble for the free books and best of all the Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago