Review: Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
Title: Hostile Witness (Witness Series #1)
Author: Rebecca Forster
Release Date/Publisher: Published November 29th 2009 (First published February 3rd 2004)
Own: Kindle (366 pages)
Finished: April 23rd 2014
- Hostile Witness
- Silent Witness
- Privileged Witness
- Expert Witness
- Forgotten Witness
Synopsis from GoodReads:
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her stepgrandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her distraught mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Baylor-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 create a combustible and dangerous situation. When the horrible truth is uncovered it can save Hannah Sheraton or destroy them both.
I don’t usually read legal thrillers and when I was able to get it for free on Amazon (I found out it was a promotion; It’s now $4.42 CAD) I didn’t have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised! I had been reading quite slowly before this book and was taking a month on average to finish one for some stupid reason but I read this in 2 weeks and It’s re-ignited a spark to read more. This author has over 25 books and I really can’t wait to keep reading the rest of this series.
Josie is one of those characters that you instantly connect with because she’s been through hell growing up and to get where she is at now. I liked her thought process, the way she expresses things and that she’s only human and feels like we all do. My initial reaction of Linda; her friend from school and her daughter Hannah was that they are conceited and shallow. Linda turns out to be a horrible, self-centered bitch (called it!) who literally thinks she’s better then everyone and even with her own daughter. She just has this mean way about her where she “demands” things rather then ask nicely and expects it to be done NOW. Hannah I actually fell in love with pretty quickly because she copes with issues that a lot of teenagers go through like depression and self-harm. I was really impressed with the use of a mental disorder (OCD but to the extreme where she has to touch things a certain amount of times and is constantly counting) without being condescending. It’s rare for people to go there and I thought it was a good way to show the struggles people encounter and the emotional consequences.
Josie is just content leading a calm life and then everything hits her when Linda needs her help. She doesn’t initially want to defend Hannah because of things that happened in her past but she eventually folds because she see’s that Hannah really needs it. After this, most of the time is spent in the courtroom because It’s all about the trial, finding out all the details and unveiling the truth. You learn about Linda’s husband Kip (he mattered so little too me as a character because he’s such a cold-hearted asshole) and everyone involved in their lives because they get put under a microscope. The story is intense and every time you think you know who did it, it takes you by surprise and the focus shifts onto someone else which made it an exciting read.
Anyone who enjoys reading legal or murder books with court proceedings should give this book a shot. I kept the details at a minimum in this review because the book has so many different things going on and It’s worth reading to figure it all out because I really enjoyed it.
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