Have you ever read a story that made you ignore the ringing phone, made you late for appointments and made you absolutely NEED to read late into the night? If not, then you're in for a treat because Rebecca Forster is an author who understands that storytelling is, first and foremost, about making us yearn for the next page, and then the next, and then the next. In "Hostile Witness," the first book in the Witness series, she creates a whole lot of reader yearning.
Our story begins with Josie Baylor-Bates, an attorney who has turned away from the fame and fortune of a super-successful criminal defense career. For reasons we don't understand, she settles into a quiet California beach town where elderly estates and urinating in public are among her more challenging cases. However, when beautiful Linda Sheraton, one of Josie's past volleyball teammates, comes banging at her door, we quickly learn that Josie is not just taking time off, she's terrified at the prospect of returning to her previous high-profile career. But when she learns that Linda's sixteen-year-old girl daughter has been wrongfully imprisoned for the murder of a seated California Supreme Court Judge, the hellish gates of her past come swinging wide open.
And all of this happens in just the first few pages. To say this unfolding legal drama is an emotional freight train would be a gross understatement. Step into Rebecca Forster's "Hostile Witness" and you'll agree that this is one legal thriller that puts relationships up front while giving us front row seats to a no-holds-barred courtroom battle.
Definitely a keeper. Read "Hostile Witness."
Reviewed by "Maine's Other Author"(TM) Tim Greaton