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Silent Witness (Witness Series, #2)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  2,224 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
From the USA Today bestselling author of Hostile Witness comes this second legal thriller featuring defense attorney Josie Baylor-Bates. Determined to defend her lover from the charge of murdering his own disabled stepson, Josie must prove someone is framing the man she loves. Original.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Signet
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Lewis Weinstein
Sep 21, 2012 Lewis Weinstein rated it really liked it
Now two books into the series, I have become a fan of Rebecca Forster and Josie Bates. Forster continues in Silent Witness to develop the characters from Hostile Witness (Josie, Archer, Hannah) while adding Jude Getts, who I suspect from the attention given him will not be forgotten in future stories.

Forster has total command of her appropriately complicated plot. There is tension, surprise, disappointment, the opportunity to root, and the opportunity to hate. No character is perfectly good or e
Robin Webster
Mar 15, 2014 Robin Webster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This e-book is the second legal thriller in Rebecca Foster’s Witness series. Our heroine, Josie Baylor Bates was previously a hotshot lawyer, who moved to the Californian coastline and a small law-firm in an effort to escape the stresses of dealing with high profile cases. However, she is now left with the responsibility of looking after a teenager with multiple problems, and to make matters worse she is again embroiled in a high profile case when her lover, an ex-policeman, is charged with murd ...more
Melanie Adkins
May 07, 2013 Melanie Adkins rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things seemed to be going well for Archer and Josie after her big trial. She took Hannah into her home and though Archer wasn't thrilled with it, he was adjusting. Out of the blue, Archer is arrested for the murder of his step-son. To say Josie is thrown for a loop is an understatement. She hadn't known about the boy or the death. Now she was trying to defend him and understand the situation. It's almost too much for Josie to deal with. Can she defend Archer and remain his lover?

This is a fan
Mar 14, 2012 Spam-Boy rated it it was amazing
If I ever find myself on trial, I am calling Josie Baylor-Bates from Rebecca Forster's Witness series to defend me. Ms. Forster is a genius and her character development is impeccable and you will find yourself reeling between tears and cheers throughout the whole book. The hours of research jump off the page at you and it is obvious that she knows her stuff! Just save yourself the trouble and get the whole series because if you read one, you'll read them all. "6 out of 5 STARS"
Jan 18, 2016 Anna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
More train/bus reading. OK-ish, but didn't pass the Agatha Christie test. In other words: I could figure out at the 25% mark whodunnit, even if the characters in-novel remained clueless. Unlike the first novel, it was super obvious what had happened.
J. Elaine Atherton
Well written but saw it coming

I was so enthralled as I was reading that Unfinished in less than 24 hours (even with 2 young kids in the house). I saw the ending long before she gt there, but enjoyed the read anyway. I didn't find it any darker than the first, as some have suggested. I thought the tone was appropriate considering the main character was essentially investigating a crime that is difficult to swallow, and that the man she is closest to is the prime suspect. Overall, good read.
Nov 10, 2016 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know if I would enjoy this book based on the reviews I read. I could not be more wrong! Absolutely loved this book, would even say it was better than the first in the series!
Kat Collins
Jul 07, 2012 Kat Collins rated it really liked it
Silent Witness is Rebecca Forster's send novel in the Witness Series. This was a deeply moving follow-up to her first novel, Hostile Witness.

Josie Baylor-Bates had given up her lucrative criminal defense practice some years ago, after a former client, one she successfully defended on a murder charge, turned around and killed her own children. She retreated to the small community of Hermosa Beach and a nice and quiet little law practice. Then a former college roommate asked her to defend her daug
Ruth L Stefani
Nov 10, 2016 Ruth L Stefani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Josie Bates is ...

My new favorite legal thriller star. Looking forward to book 3. If you haven't tried her yet put it on your "to read" list.
Oct 06, 2016 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A bit predictable, but still a good read.
Jul 11, 2011 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Los Angeles author, Rebecca Forster, has created yet another well-crafted legal thriller in `Silent Witness - (The Witness Series).

This title is the second of three in The Witness Series. Protagonist, Josie Baylor-Bates is still living at beachside Hermosa Beach and is now guardian to troubled teen, Hannah Sheraton, introduced to readers in the series' first title: Hostile Witness. Hannah's presence is creating tension in the relationship between Archer and Josie when the novel opens, but this i
This second book in the series was as engaging as the first even though it had a much darker tone than that one as the main character’s lover, Archer, is accused of killing his handicapped stepson several years earlier.

Forster still hasn’t given Archer a first name, something I found distancing for one of the primary characters in these books. And we still aren’t sure how Josie and Archer became lovers. As in the first book, she doesn’t reveal how it happened, just that it is.

The main character,
Gayla Nelson
Jun 03, 2012 Gayla Nelson rated it really liked it
The second book in the witness series that I am reading by Rebecca Forster and it was also a page turner, just like the first! It can be read in isolation and make fine sense, but it picks up right where the first book left off and knowing the back story to so many of her references makes this book all the better. She writes amazing lawyer stories for someone who is not a lawyer - even though she is married to a district court judge and he helps her out with some of the legal terminology. Her im ...more
Susannah Carleton
Gritty and intriguing. When Archer is arrested for the murder of his stepson--a child Josie Baylor-Bates had never heard him mention--Josie is stunned. That doesn't stop her from doing what she perceives as her duty, which is presenting him. His bail is posted by a man Archer cannot stand, Archer's late wife's (Lexi) ex-husband, who walked away from Lexi and their mentally and physically handicapped son when the boy was three.

But things are not as they seem. The ex-husband didn't post Archer's
Lavinia Thompson
Jan 20, 2012 Lavinia Thompson rated it really liked it
Just like in "Hostile Witness" Rebecca Forster weaves a mysterious thriller that keeps the reader guessing until the end. I am loving the "Witness" series!

In this suspenseful sequel, Josie Bates is back and Archer is in trouble. She and Archer must weave through the murder accusations against Archer all while Josie tries to make a normal home for Hannah, the teenage defendant from Josie's previous case in "Hostile Witness."

I didn't find this one as exciting as the first book, but that being sa
Jan 25, 2011 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read [[ASIN:B002Z7G0QO HOSTILE WITNESS (The Witness Series)]], then you are familiar with Josie Baylor-Bates, Archer & Hannah. Hannah has moved in with Josie, creating some tension between Archer and both women, but life goes on.

Unfortunately, Archer is suddenly accused of killing his challenged Step-Son, 2 yrs previously. Josie is thrown for a loop, because she knew nothing about a Step-Son. We have the real Dad stirring the mix, to boot.

Rebecca Forster is a mistress of suspense and
James Jackson
Apr 25, 2013 James Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Hostile Witness, the first in the Witness series, I picked up this, the second. The writing was perhaps a bit stronger than her first, and I suspect it will continue to improve as the series progresses.

The issue that cost a star was motivation of the character who was mainly responsible for triggering the story. While most of the motivations in the book felt plausible (even when they were surprising) that particular one felt contrived, a stretch I wished I did not have to make. Not
Jul 21, 2012 Nicci rated it it was amazing
This series keeps getting better and better with each novel and has reminded me why I fell in love with the genre of books in the first place. Rebecca Forster goes into such great character detail that you feel like you are right there with Josie trying to help save Archer from spending the rest of his life in jail for a murder he didn't commit, for the murder of his step-son that she didn't know he had.This book might just have you asking yourself how well do you really know your significant ot ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: To courtroom and murder mystery fans.
I learned to like Hannah better in this book. This book was a page turner. I don't much care for couples who don't get married, but I was thankful there weren't big love scenes. There was a lot of research, and hunting for clues to come to the truth, of who killed Timothy, a retarded teenager. There was searching out feelings between Hannah and Josie, and between Archer and Josie. Josie and Hannah were building trust and feelings for each other in this book. Joise felt Archer's love for his dead ...more
Lynda Kelly
Aug 10, 2012 Lynda Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second of hers I've read in a series called the "Witness" series. This one I was happy to pay for as I got the first one free.
Josie, the lady lawyer featured in this series is defending her on/off boyfriend accused of murdering the stepson she never knew he had !! Many are more than happy to accept he's guilty because he just didn't like the stepson. Whoever said you had to like the kids of the person you happen to fall in love with ? A tricky one......
There were a few crashing spel
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I don't know how Rebecca Forster does it. She annoys me with her writing style, yet manages to suck me in anyway. She uses too many metaphors and there are way too many courtroom dramatics; her courtroom scenes read like a bad Lifetime movie. That being said, she tells a good story. This was a suspenseful story about who is to blame for a disabled boy falling off a ride at an amusement park. What starts as a possible accident turns into investigations of murder. While I kind of suspected the end ...more
Feb 26, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. I am so enthralled with this series I can't get enough. I love the plots, the characters and everything about the books.
I enjoyed learning more about Archer in this book and I really felt for him in the end. I can honestly say I felt his pain when I read the last thing he said in this book and it takes a special talent to make that kind of impression on me. I do hope we see more of Jude in more books for some reason I really like that character. Great book and I can
Pamela M.
May 19, 2012 Pamela M. rated it it was amazing
The plot was intriguing and kept my nose in the book way after I should have turned in for the night. The characters were realistic and interesting.
Archer is accused of murder and attorney, Josie Baylor-Bates is defending him. She digs for evidence to set him free but worries that facts are not looking good because he appears to have motive and intent. Her digging reveals many truths about his dead first wife that will surely be brutal to Archer but they are needed to set him free. The highs an
Mar 29, 2016 Joann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, kindle, murder
This is the second book of the series featuring Jose Baylor-Bates a lawyer. Josie is back defending her boyfriend, Archer, who is accused of killing his handicapped step-son. There are a lot of characters added to this plot about the murder but not so many that you can't stay with the plot. On the home front, Jose is having mother/daughter issues because Hannah, the troubled teen from her first book that has been placed in her care. It is a well written book with a lot of twists and turns. I wil ...more
Marieanne Fabiano
In book #2 of the Witness series, Archer finds himself accused of killing his step-son, Timothy Wren. Of course, Josie takes the case and with the help of Jude, a civil lawyer and his friend Wilson, a computer techie, the trio set out to find the truth. As was the case in "Hostile Witness," the ending has a twist and things throughout the book always keep you wondering and asking questions. While I didn't enjoy this book as much as the first, I did like it and look forward to reading the rest in ...more
Apr 02, 2012 Terri rated it liked it
Another good one by Rebecca Forster. Okay not as good as the first one, but good. Again I figured it out early, but for no particular reason, just my own ideas about what was happening. Although, I did not figure it out completely, there was still a morsel of total surprise. My only complaint about this book, and it's why I gave it a 3....the inconsistency of, meaning, several and then none, the off the wall metaphors. I'm not huge on metaphors and some of them made me frown and think WHAT? That ...more
Feb 01, 2012 Sooze10 rated it really liked it
Another good book in this series. I had completly different opinions of each secondary character compared to the first book which surprised me and I'm not sure which version of 'Archer' I prefer.
It started out very fast paced and is def a page turner - I was a little disappointed with the ending as it was a bit of an anti-climax from what I was expecting but looking forward to reading the next one.
Apr 14, 2013 Betsy rated it it was ok
This is the second book in a series about attorney Josie Bates. I download the first in the series (Hostile Witness) for free from Amazon and liked it so I tried another one (this time for a small charge). I didn't think it was as good as the first. The outcome was fairly obvious from early on and the emotions experienced by the characters felt extreme and somewhat inconsistent. So: not much of a mystery and too much angst.
Colleen Coleman
Jan 15, 2013 Colleen Coleman rated it it was amazing
I have now finished the second of the series and I am hooked. This could be read on its own, but it is better understood if Hostile Witness is read first. I find that I am curious as to how Hannah is doing now that Josie is taking care of her. In Silent Witness we discovered more of Josie and Archer's relationship. How curious that he had never mentioned anything about his stepson and Josie had to find out this way. Good book and I am onto the 3rd one!
Linda Brueggeman

This is a fantastic book!! Read HOSTILE WITNESS first. It is great, too. SILENT WITNESS is a romance, suspense, and mystery novel all rolled into one. The characters are well developed, and the storyline is solid. You don't know who the romantic couple is going to be. It keeps you guessing, and it's hard to put down. I highly recommend it. The author is very talented.
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On a crazy dare. Now, with over 33 books to my name including the bestselling Witness Series featuring Josie Bates and the USA Today Best Seller KEEPING COUNSEL, writing is my passion.

Before I began my creative career, I earned my B.A. and MBA and worked as an advertising executive. I have taught at the UCLA Writers Program, SEAK conference and other writing venues. I also volunteer with the Youn
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Other Books in the Series

Witness Series, (7 books)
  • Hostile Witness (Witness Series, #1)
  • Privileged Witness (Witness Series, #3)
  • Expert Witness (Witness Series, #4)
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“He hadn't actually lied to her about anything; she had erred in her assumptions about his life. What Archer knew about Josie was what she chose for him to know; what she knew about him was what he decided to tell her. They had reveled in their independence and now she knew that was a mistake. Understanding that made her feel lost. It was natural for a lover to believe she knew everything - intuitively, instinctively and intimately - about the man she had committed to. Wasn't it?” 1 likes
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