Hannah is a tattooed, multi-pierced
16 year old with OCD and a mother who does not understand the concept of love.
We meet her after she has been arrested for murder and thrown into prison.
Josie is a big shot defence
lawyer who, after successfully defending a guilty woman who went on to kill
again, has run away from her old life to practice law in a small town, where
her toughest case is to defend a 'weenie-wagger' - and convincing him to keep
his trousers on when in public. Josie is also Hannah's only chance.
Rebecca Forster's characters are
well drawn, with depth, and believable. They are flawed human beings, as are we
all, and Hannah and Josie in particular undergo a profound journey as the book
The plot twists and turns before
building to an exciting climax. It follows Josie as she tries to piece together
what happened the night Supreme Court Justice Fritz Rayburn, Hannah's
step-grandfather was murdered. Hannah is less than helpful; her mother, Linda,
surely wins the 'Most Selfish Mother of the Year' award, and her step-father has
his own demons to overcome. Josie gets drawn in to this dysfunctional family,
which brings back her own pain stemming from being abandoned by her mother as a
This is a fascinating and gripping page-turner, which
I could not put down. I was completely drawn in to Josie and Hannah's world and
I am very happy to recommend 'Hostile Witness'.