Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates ThrillerRebecca Forster

Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller

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Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller by Rebecca Forster Book Summary

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

Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates Thriller (Rebecca Forster) Book Reviews

Great read!!Well defined characters that I felt invested in. Couldn’t put it down. Well written..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessVery interesting plot. Family drama and legal thriller combined. I liked it..Score: 5/5

A compelling readOnce I started, I had to finish it.Score: 5/5

Loved it & will definitely read more from this author!I am always looking for new mystery series to read, and this was a great discovery. (I found it more mystery than thriller, similar to John Sanford books.) It was fast paced and I couldn’t put it down! I will definitely ready the rest of this series..Score: 5/5

Great who done itReal page turner, stayed up all night to finish it. Couldn’t put it down..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessOne of the best books I've read recently. Hard to put down. Can't wait to read the other books in this series..Score: 5/5

Exceptional suspenseExtremely well written..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessWell written intriguing story. A great read!.Score: 5/5

WOW!!That's the best I can say. Edge of your seat reading. Characters feel real. The court scenes are...well, Wow! I've been looking for new authors, since I learned that 3 of my absolute favorites have passed on. Rebecca Forster, I think I've found my author. I will definitely be recommending her books to my mystery-loving friends..Score: 5/5

Intriguing and absorbingGreat characters, realistic dialogue, and a complex story with more than one twist. It made me not mind my insomnia..Score: 5/5

Good read!This book kept me interested the whole time..Score: 4/5

Definitely a page turnerA very good story involving murder, arson, lies, family problems, trial and a strong kick butt attorney who fights for her client. A twist at the end..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessI really enjoyed this book. It was a fast read I didn’t want to put down. Up until the very end, you never knew who was guilty and how the story would play out..Score: 4/5

Great story line.The flow of the story made me not want to put the book down..Score: 4/5

Hostile WitnessStupendous book. Couldn’t stop reading. All the twists and turns kept me glued to my seat. It was the first book I read by you. It won’t be the last..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessGreat mystery with enough information for the reader to attribute reasonable motives to suspects. Story and action are 95% attributable to Josie and how a previous "not guilty" verdict haunts her. Tall, built and handsome participates less than 5%..Score: 5/5

Couldn’t put it down.I planned to take this book on vacation, but before I left I started reading a few pages. I ended up reading the entire book in one day. It has a complex plot that is easy to follow. It was impossible to figure out who did it. It was interesting throughout with never a dull moment. I highly recommend it..Score: 4/5

Wow love itWas not expecting that turn of twist during the end but had a feeling it was going to be that way. Overall I loved the book.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessBest legal drama I've read in along time. Compares with the best of the legal thriller authors. Looking forward to beginning Silent Witness next..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessGreat read! Spellbinding, couldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessI loved this thriller. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn’t quite figure out who had committed the murder. I’ll be reading more of Rebecca’s books..Score: 5/5

1st book to read in yearsTakes a certain type of book to me in intense, unpredictable and turns and twist. Truth to the way the world can be. Very talented writer can’t wait to read more..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessGreat plot with believable characters, this book kept my interest from beginning to end. Keeping the reader guessing about whether or not Hannah was guilty of killing the sadist who abused her and setting a fire, it was a relief when her mother was found guilty. Loved the book!.Score: 5/5

Great thriller!Well written and it’ll keep you guessing until the very end..Score: 4/5

Hostile WitnessThis book had parts that were interesting. However, the foul language was entirely not necessary..Score: 2/5

MeliWhat a great read! I couldn’t put it down. It was very unpredictable which is what I look for in a book. ❤️.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessA must read. I really loved it..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessReally well written! A must read! I couldn’t put the book down, now that I’m done, I will take a much needed nap before starting silent witness lol!.Score: 5/5

Amazing Book!I started with the sample, and was hooked! I never write reviews one anything, but this book had completely engulfed! I couldn’t my phone down! Will hopefully get the second book soon!.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessA very believable story that keeps you guessing till the very end! I highly recommend it!.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessInteresting and very suspenseful. Enjoyed reading the book and trying to figure out the next move of Josie’s involvement with Hannah as well as Linda and kip. I will read more of her books..Score: 5/5

Exciting thrillerFrom the moment the book opened with 16-year-old Hannah Sheraton being processed into the women's prison, I was hooked. Josie Bates had defended and got another client off and then that woman killed her two kids...that shattered Josie’s confidence and she was now working at a small law firm..... 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. This is an excellent fast paced twisted book. You never know what is going to happen next..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessHostile Witness is one of the best books I read lately. Very well written..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessVery good story great pacing great rnding.Score: 4/5

ThrillerWell written court drama, kept me guessing throughout. Recommend this author and her series of "WITNESS" books unbeatable..Score: 4/5

Great read!I couldn’t put it down. Well written and a good story. Definitely recommend this book - I rarely give 5 stars..Score: 5/5

Riveting till the endWow! Loved this book. Well written & crafted leaving you wondering right until the end who killed him....Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessGood book. Loved the characters and the plot..Score: 4/5

Twisty and compellingWho's lying? Is the haunted lawyer lying to herself about why she's obsessed with this case? Is the disturbed teenager lying about what happened the night of the fire? Are the dead man's colleagues and son lying about his abhorrent behavior? Is the beautiful wife and mother capable of telling the truth about anything at all? And how many more lives will be destroyed before the truth comes out? Read it - you won't regret it!.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessSuspense, crime, psychopath, has it all. Twist and turns keeps your attention, then you can’t stop reading. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessExcellent cliff hanger. Book for someone who likes suspense and likes to read quickly to find out the plot ASAP..Score: 5/5

Loved itBest book I’ve read in a long time would recommend to all you reader that would love a good crime book!!Dont miss this one!.Score: 5/5

Excellent storyFun and sad… good read.Score: 5/5

One you can’t put downFabulous Read.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessMy first book from this author and I was hooked! Great murder mystery with so much more going on. Great characters..Score: 5/5

Great BookLoved the characters and their development as the story progressed. Will definitely read more by Rebecca Forster, kept me extremely interested and motivated to get to the end..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessThis book kept me on the edge of my seat! I didn’t want to put it down. Kudos to the author for her talented writing!.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessEngaging and kept me wanting to find out who did it..Score: 4/5

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Hostile WitnessCouldn’t put it down!.Score: 5/5

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Enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page!Enough twists and turns to keep you turning the page!.Score: 4/5

Hostile WitnessThe book held my interest from the beginning. Excellent characters and a smooth flow!.Score: 4/5

Good readKept me interested & I’m looking forward to reading the whole series..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessGood book.Score: 3/5

Great bookEnjoyed reading. The work flows, makes you want to find out how it will end.Score: 5/5

Page turnerJust can't get enough of Josie. I have bought the Witness series and am certainly enjoying the hours spent reading!.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessJust a really good read - characters were engaging and the plot line was intriguing. I will read more of this author’s work..Score: 5/5

The perfect blockGreat read.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessGreat book, this writer will now be one of my favourites.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessThis was very well written and well researched. It kept me interested until the very end..Score: 5/5

Great ReadThis is definitely a page turner......couldn't put it down........really like her style of writing.......great story line.......too bad the other books are so expensive.........Score: 4/5

Hostile witnessThis book will keep you coming back for more and wondering about the truth. Well written and engaging!!!.Score: 4/5

Hostile WitnessI am an avid reader and I like murder/ mystery books… It has been a very long time since I had read such excellent book. This book is realistic, intriguing and a page turner. I never, ever write a review but there’s always first time … because I truly would like to recommend this book to anyone that has a preference for excellent quality book. My thanks to the author for sharing this amazing book..Score: 5/5

Excellent!I didn’t expect much since it was free, but I LOVED it! Just couldn’t put it down! It’s very intriguing and I loved all the caracters. It’s definitely a must read!.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessThe story was a bit slow to start but I'm thankful I stuck with it. It was an interesting and entertaining read . The last 1/3 of the book kept me reading non stop to the end ..Score: 4/5

Good one!During my self isolation I have been reading a lot of books on my iPhone. Without the library I am at a loss. I enjoyed your book and would like to read more, perhaps I will purchase them at a later date. Nice protagonist and the story line is really good, I have read hundreds of mysteries and think your free one was worth the read. Thank you.Score: 4/5

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Good readThis book was a good read, enough to keep me guessing. At times it was a bit slow and some storylines underdeveloped. Plot twist at the end was good but could have been more detailed and less of a rushed ending. Worth a read..Score: 3/5

Captivating with a disappointing endI read it and couldn't put it down but then the end came & felt like I'd wasted time reading it..Score: 3/5

Hostile witnessExcellent book highly recommend.Score: 5/5

Well written fast paced readEnjoyed this book. Good story and characters with enough twists to keep it interesting...Score: 4/5

Well writtenGreat story, well written. Will definitely read more from this author.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessPleasantly surprised thoroughly enjoyed this book. First time I have read a Rebecca Forester book will read more of her work..Score: 4/5

Hostile WittnessBrilliant!! Once I started reading, could not stop. So many twists & turns but the end was inevitable. Can’t wait to start the next book. THANK YOU From: Shirley.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it down!Great read, would've happily paid for it..Score: 5/5

Great bookReally enjoyed this book and was happy with how how it progressed and the twists and turns were interesting..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessEnjoyed right to the end, many twists that kept the intrigue & guesses as to the ending, it was the last two chapters that seemed to miss a lot out or they just seemed a bit of something lacking.Score: 4/5

It's alright but I've read betterThe storyline was mediocre and courtroom drama wasn't as well written as Michael Connelly ones. But overall it's ok for passing time on the train..Score: 3/5

Good readGood read.Score: 4/5

Hostile Witness a Josie Bates thrillerIf you enjoy John Grisham, then you are in for a treat with this series by Rebecca Forster. Self doubt, determination not to see her young client incarcerated for crimes, Josie believes Hannah was innocent of..Score: 5/5

Great readLoved the story Loved the ease of reading as I didn’t need a dictionary nearby to research obscure words and their meanings Loved not finding one spelling or grammar error Well done, a great story and a great read, what an ending!.Score: 5/5

Great readLoved this book. The author feeds us a compelling story with drawn out characters, a book that'll keep you second guessing the protagonists steps..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessLoved the read thank you.Score: 4/5

Resolved hostilityAuthor American. 14 years in advertising before writing her first book now up to 14 by my count, 7 in the "Witness" series. Precis Maladjusted 16-year-old Hannah is charged with the murder of her step-grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court no less. Her Mom turns to old college roomie, beach volleyball team-mate, and one-time hot shot criminal attorney Josie. (Yes, I said beach volleyball player, complete with "smokin' bod"). Suffice to say the dead judge is not a bastion of rectitude he appears. Josie risks life, firmly toned limb, and professional reputation to air the dirty laundry. Writing Tries too hard. Ms Forster should rein in the flowery descriptions and prune the metaphor count. Predictable plot, but good pace. Cliched characters. Bottom line I got the book for free from Mr Bezos. It provided a satisfactory diversion for a few hours, but I won't be shelling out sequels..Score: 3/5

Hostile witnessAbsolutely loved this book!! Can't wait to read the others!!.Score: 5/5

Loved ItGreat!!.Score: 5/5

Great readGreat characters and interesting plot..Score: 4/5

IntriguingBook kept you guessing and really gave an insight to the characters thoughts and feelings. Recommend to people who like a good crime, mystery novel..Score: 5/5

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Hostile WitnessThoroughly enjoyed this book.Found it difficult to leave down.Something fresh to unravel in every chapter.Author well equipped to give the reader great characters to believe in and enjoy.Smashing thriller,wonderful storyline and shocking denouement..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessReally enjoyable read.Score: 4/5

SteveThe plot, characters, descriptive information made this a fantastic read along with all the twists and turns, I enjoyed it.Score: 4/5

Hostile witnessReally enjoyed this, the twists in the plot keep your interest and need to read on.Score: 4/5

Great readTotally loved this book couldn't out it down and didn't want it to end.Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessGreat book. Well written a real page turner..Score: 5/5

Great bookI don't normally go for books from this genre but glad I did. Really enjoyable page turner. Liked the twist at the end! I'll be reading more by this author.Score: 4/5

Compelling and un-putdownable!A puzzle box of a story that reaches out, grabs you by the hair and drags you deeper and deeper into the complex plot. A real page turner, that keeps you guessing..Score: 5/5

FreebieGreat read.Score: 5/5

Warning - wrong bookDownloaded this book at the weekend however it was not the first book in the series it was the last. ITunes please make that clearer. I got part way through before I realised as it became clear there was a lot of characterisation missing and backing storylines that weren't explained. It was still an enjoyable read but probably would have been a lot better if I'd read the previous 6 books in the series. UPDATE: The day after placing my review the book was updated so I now have the first. Thank you for such a quick fix..Score: 1/5

Wonderful ReadJust a wonderful story love to read more books by this Author. Could not stop reading this book. Thank you it was a privilege to Read your book..Score: 5/5

BrilliantExcellent read! I've read all four of the Josie Bates books and they are all as good as each other. It takes a lot for me to pay for books but they were well worth it x.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessFascinating griping and enjoyable. Anybody who enjoys this kind of fiction it is a must read.Score: 5/5

FantasticThis was such a fantastic read, well written and highly recommended. Couldn't put it down!.Score: 5/5

👌Very well written and great twists 👍.Score: 5/5

Great readGripping and entertaining. Lovely style of writing. Highly recommend..Score: 5/5

Hostile Witness, a Josie Bates thrillerI very much enjoyed this story - I couldn't put it down! I did wonder from the beginning if I was right in thinking I knew the murderer but it wasn't until the story got right to the end that I knew one way or another. The story had twists and folds in it and you really felt sorry for Hannah. Recommended!.Score: 5/5

Great ReadI loved this book. Fantastic storyline..Score: 5/5

Fab!Got this in the free chart and i am glad i did. I have never read any books by this Author and i was gripped from start to finish. I guessed “who done it” early on but i don’t think that matters much because it was enjoyable getting to know the characters etc. I will definitely be reading the next book..Score: 5/5

OK ish!Good enough plot. A bit predictable. I skimmed a bit. But I did finish it. I would probably try another book by this author to see if things improve as I don't think it's bad enough to put me off..Score: 3/5

Utter RubbishThe author obviously got friends and family to write those 5 star reviews because the brain numbing drivel that is this "book" doesn't even deserve a star!.Score: 1/5

Read it!!!Loved this book from the first page and often found myself struggling to put it down as I wanted to know what was coming next - read it and you won't be disappointed.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downI have rarely read a book that I couldn't put down but that was my experience with this one. It was well written and the storyline intriguing. I will definitely seek out other books by this author. Can't believe it was free. What a find..Score: 5/5

Great bookGreat book that had me gripped. Would definitely recommend..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessWow this book was a real surprise it was just so good,didn't expect that.The plot was very well thought out,exciting and believe able.I really got into the characters ,and although I wanted to reach the end because it kept you guessing until then,I didn't want to leave all the people in the book behind.Such a god read..Score: 5/5

Well written, each chapter leaves you wanting moreI enjoyed breezing through this book, and didn't like putting it down! Recommend it!.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessLoved the book and the twist , wished the ending had an extra chapter or so with the what happened next, an extra conversation with Lynda maybe??.Score: 4/5

A hostile witnessI was cautious reading a "freebie" but I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I would recommend it and have already started searching for other books by this author, both free or paid. Paul.Score: 5/5

Not All Lawyers Are Like JoseyI got this free and it is worth more than I paid. The best bits are the Courtroom scenes which are straight out of the Perry Mason playbook but the premise of the series does not grab me..Score: 3/5

Fascinating and ExcitingOne of the best books I’ve read for ages . The characters all spring to life developing their own personalities. Josie became emotionally involved with Hannah early on realising Hannah’s mother was no good for her . Archer was there as a hunky silent support - it was JUST brilliant! The end was as good as I was anticipating!.Score: 5/5

A great readLots of twists and turns in this one, and I got through it in no time! An enjoyable read, pacy and thought provoking..Score: 4/5

Hostile witnessExcellent book. Easy read, great story.Score: 5/5

GreatYou won't be disappointed, get it..Score: 5/5

Hostile WitnessA great read, couldn't put it down. It kept you thinking all the way "who dun it"!.Score: 5/5

BrilliantWould loved to have read this book in one go it was a fantastic read had to put it down to sleep and work or a would have read it all at the one sitting.Score: 5/5

A real page turnerGood story, well written and I loved the courtroom side of the story. I couldn’t put the book down and I look forward to he rest of the series..Score: 4/5

Hostile witnessWow. Brilliant. I ended up reading this book in one sitting. Infact I was that engrossed in it, I burnt my kids dinner and had to make it all over again. Had me hooked from the beginning with plenty of plot twists and amazingly written characters. Will definitely read more of this authors books..Score: 5/5

Read it!Fantastic read!! Found myself unable to put it down as you just want to find out what happens. There are good twists to keep readers going on 'till the end..Score: 5/5

The title is a very great heart threatening titleThe actual book is so much easier to read when you kind of understand what is kind of going on.Score: 4/5

EnjoyedEnjoyed it :).Score: 4/5

DisappointedI've read close to 20 books over the last 6 months, I'm sorry to say this is the worst one !! I expected Josie to be amazing in court as she is known to get the most guiltiest of people off.... This never happened, half way through the book I couldn't bring myself to continue reading. None of the characters were realistic !!.Score: 1/5

FantasticLoved this book so gripping and such a good story!! I couldn’t wait for bed time every day! X.Score: 5/5

A thrilling read, I couldn’t stop. A truly exciting ride.My first but definitely not my last Rebecca Forster thriller. This story was thrilling and at times I had to stop and take a breath at the shocking twists and turns. Fantastically unpredictable. Just when you think our heroine has nailed it....NO! A first rate thriller. Can’t wait to read more..Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessGood holiday read simply story line, easy to read. Guessed the ending way before.Score: 3/5

Hostile WitnessSuspense, intrigue, moving. What a read. Keep them coming. Right up there with Ludlum..Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downThis book had me gripped from the beginning. A very imaginative storyline with many twists and turns. Rebecca Forster describes the characters really well and links them together seamlessly. Very enjoyable and easy to read.Score: 5/5

RecommendFab storyline. Downloaded this free and worried it wouldn't be any good however am now paying to download more by this author..Score: 5/5

Fantastic!!I downloaded this book whilst on holiday...and have read the rest of the collection since! I have been utterly entranced by the characters in the books. The twists and turns have had me holding my breath in anticipation. A definite page turner...great read and would definitely recommend this book as well as the others in the "witness" collection. But what am I going to read now??.Score: 5/5

Hostile witnessEnjoyed this book, I couldn't put it down..Score: 5/5

Odd updateI started reading this book a while ago and then stopped for a bit. There was an update I downloaded and then started reading again. I have been on/off reading again recently but a recent update has changed the book entirely. It seems I was reading the first book in the series and then the first update turned it into the last book in the series. I read a big chunk more and now the recent update has switched it back to the first book again. Odd. Frustrating so I now have to start again!.Score: 1/5

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