Some secrets aren't uncovered. They are unleashed...
The national bestselling author is back with a gripping legal thriller of a brilliant lawyer caught between her client, a powerful family's hidden legacy, and the truth...
Josie Baylor-Bates returns to the practice of criminal defense when her friend's sixteen-year-old daughter, Hannah, is arrested for the brutal slaying of her step-grandfather - a California Supreme Court justice. Although all evidence points to Hannah's guilt, her family's disturbing relations may play a more significant role than anyone could guess. As Josie unravels a circle of secrets, she discovers a shocking truth that could save her client-or destroy them all...
©2007 Rebecca Forster (P)2011 Rebecca Forster
It's impossible to say that the audio edition is better than the print version. Both have merits and stand on their own. That said, the audio version of Rebecca Forster's, industry shaking, Hostile Witness is an exponential jump to a higher level. What can be next? This story must be told on the big screen to do it justice.
I thoroughly enjoyed every part of the story, but the vivid descriptions Ms. Forsters uses to bring her characters to life, leave nothing to the listeners imagination. I'll use: "Theatre of the Mind' to best describe the audio version of Hostile Witness. Tara Platt, the reader, is fabulous in the way in which she becomes each character.
I really enjoyed the scene when Josie, and the Rayburns were in the Judges chambers. Josie's feather's ruffled up and really took charge of the situation. In my opinion, it was the turning point in the book. If I'm ever on trial...get me Josie Bates!
I wasn't moved by any particular moment in the book. I was moved by every moment in the book. Moved to another place, another time and away from all of the distractions of this world. "Good novels are not written, they are rewritten. Great novels are diamonds mined from layered rewrites." Andre Jute This novel is a diamond.
Great story with some humor and no offensive language like some of the thrillers.
I hope the rest of the series is added to Audible.
If she wasn't speed reading, gasping for breath and swallowing into the microphone, she was breathy and trying to make a sexy voice for the other female character. And the male characters?? Don't get me started. It was like a bad comic impression. It really ruined the book for me. Well, that and the cheesy one-liners.
The story was unsophisticated and sounded like it was written for juveniles. The reader should not have tried to put a different voice to all the characters. Her male voices sounded silly.
It just didn't sound likely and the characters were cliched
As above, it should have been read in a less dramatic way, not trying to voice individual characters. Her male voices sounded really silly.
It was only mildly interesting in that I wanted to find out what happened at the end.
This is an incredible book. It was well crafted and narrated. Rebecca Forster is a talented author of this roller coaster story that just when you've settled in, the tempo and plot twists keep you interested throughout. Without the slightest bit of fantasy or hyperbole, she shows the reader the real demons that exist among us. A must read.
I like legal thrillers, but this one left a lot to be desired. Flat characters, a plot that was not even close to believable, dialog and courtroom scenes that are stiff and unrealistic work together to make this book near unlistinable.
I'm not sure if the narrator was weak or just didn't have much to work with, but so many times the emphasis in sentences was misplaced I had to go back and listen again.
I picked this due to good reviews, but apparently I have drastically different tastes.
One of the best mystery books I have read in a while!
Grabbed your attention right from the start and held it throughout. Loved all the characters and the story. Descriptions were such that you could just paint a picture in your mind.
Probably Hannah, really hard to choose.
Excellent development of characters. Had me hooked immediately and held my interest throughout. Definitely a must read!!!
I've read the book and listened to the audio and I love the way the characters come alive in the audio book. Tara Platt distinguishes the voices with theatrical expertise and conveys the emotional depth of the characters.
Hostile Witness compares favorably with early John Grisham and Scott Turow legal thrillers. In fact, in many ways I think Rebecca Forster's characters have more depth.
Hannah is my favorite character and my favorite scene with her is when she finally breaks down and trusts Josie with the truth about what happened between her and Justice Rayburn.
Hannah is an extreme character and it was easy to have an extreme reaction. The story of how a daughter can be so loyal to a mother who doesn't deserve it made me very angry.
Download this book and you'll be begging for the other books in this series to be made into audio books.
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Yes It did I couldn't stop reading I just wanted to know what will happen next!!!!!!
No I have listened to any other but with or without the narrator the story is the best!!!!!
I just loved this book I read the Ebook also and you better believe it had me from the first line its a must read I loved it!!!!!!
I'll download the next one to listen to. In the series
Surprise twist at the end
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