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HOSTILE WITNESS: A Josie Bates Thriller (The Witness Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B002Z7G0QO
- Language : English
- File size : 2349 KB
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- Print length : 376 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,489 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A really intelligent and sharp courtroom and investigative story.
Love, murder, mystery and manipulation are the keystones of the plot while detective work and clever legal council have their own issues of conscious and motivation.
I enjoyed it from start to finish and look forward to the next book from this author.
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Lawyer Josie Bates is the main protagonist who takes on the defence of a sixteen year old girl, Hannah, accused of arson and killing a prominent Supreme Court Judge. He is Hannah’s step-grandfather, his son is her step-father married to birth mother, and all hide secrets and have interweaving interests. The plot is so wonderfully convoluted that it is hard to imagine anything left for Josie to do after conclusion of ‘Hostile Witness’ which is the first of a seven book Josie Bates thriller series.
‘Hostile Witness’ spans almost the full spectrum of the worst and best of human behaviour from dark and disturbing treachery and betrayal to love loyalty and duty. Narrative is gripping and compelling as it stirs up feelings and emotions. Characters are well developed and they shift between matters of motives, evidence, alibis, suspects and witnesses via multiple twists and turns and red-herrings. This is fabulous 5-star fiction.
I found the introduction was slow, and flashes of Josie's past home life were not very informative although they gave some insight into her character as an adult and her behaviour in this case. I didn't see any of the poor writing standard described in older reviews and think the case was built well as more evidence and knowledge was uncovered. In books of this genre how the reader is drawn to the conclusion is much more important than who 'did it' so even if the criminal is correctly identified it doesn't spoil the enjoyment of a good read, although in this instance that is the reason for losing 1 star.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it as an interesting read.
The tale unfolds with good timing which helps the credibility and keeps the reader's attention. This isn't all car chases and an arrogant investigator, more a hesitant investigator fighting to hold onto the case in the teeth of opposition from where she expects support. Can Josie find the strength to hold on and keep trusting her client, even when logic, and all those around her are shouting her guilt?
I didn't expect to like Josie very much but i found that I did. I liked her vulnerability, but also her determination even in the face of doubt. I like the way she held on even when she realised that not only did she not like her old friend but that they had never really been friends despite their shared past and I really like her integrity. Josie has the kind of courage which makes her hang on even when she is scared to death. I would rather have her as a friend than an adversary.
So, of course, Josie takes the case, convinced that Hannah is innocent, a position she is occasionally forced to revise and then revise again. Josie is conflicted herself because of events that occurred before the start of this story, in which she convinced a jury that a women was innocent and the women later murdered more people. Add in that Hannah's grandfather had been a powerful judge and his son (Linda's new husband) is up for becoming senator, and things get more complicated still.
It's really not my kind of thing - I don't think I've ever read a court room drama before this one. On the other hand, I did keep coming back to it. It might have taken a long time for me to read the whole thing but I didn't give up on it.
There are muddled, repetitive parts which I found a bit annoying. Presumably these were designed to mirror the process of going back over the evidence again and again to try to find something that had been missed. It didn't work for me though. Apart from that and some occasionally weird dialog and filler sentences it wasn't a bad read. The twists at the end of the book were particularly great (although the end of the book also had one section that made me roll my eyes).
On balance, not bad. I'm not sure I'll be picking up the next in the series or that it's persuaded me to seek out more court room dramas, but it was fine.