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Silent Witness (Witness Series #2)

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The inimitable defense attorney Josie Baylor-Bates returns to defend the man she loves from the charge of murdering his own disabled stepson. Walking the fine line between lover and lawyer, trust and truth, Josie will have to race against time to prove someone is framing her client-until she finds out that the last, silent witness is the most dangerous of all.
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Signet
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Lewis Weinstein
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...more
Robin Webster
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
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...more
Carla
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...more
Spam-Boy
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"
Sarah
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...more
Kat Collins
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...more
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Gayla Nelson
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
Linda Brueggeman
SILENT WITNESS

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.
Lavinia Thompson
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...more
Cynthia
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
Linda Wise
Twists and turns

Twists and turns

I liked this story because the suspicion moved around so much. I didn't even figure it out until 3/4 of the way through. Even then it surprised me. I have a very deep loathing of lawyers. Josie and Jude are not your typical lawyers. I like reading about lawyers with integrity even if it is total fantasy.
Donald L Clendaniel
Keeps you guessing to the end

Forster picks up where the first in the series leaves off bringing back the favorite cast and several new faces I hope we see again. the stage is set for several new roads for Josie as the series continues and the story keeps you guessing who did it and why. Surprises even after the crime is solved all the way until the final paragraph. if you enjoyed Hostile Witness you should find this a great read.
DE ANN ALLEN
Another shocking novel by Forester

Another shocking novel by Forester

I have become a fan of Forester. This novel has some riveting surprises with the characters becoming more and more interesting.A must read for anyone who likes thrillers.
Kim Hammond-beyer
Intense

great series. I usually like more humor in my mysteries but the complexities of the characters make up the lack of humor. even though I knew what probably happened fairly early, it still made me stay up until 1am reading it.
James Jackson
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...more
Linda
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...more
Scott Babcock
Suspenseful read

The book captures your attention from the beginning and holds it until the end. As it states in the book, the pieces of the puzzle comes together to with one revelation.
Lynda Kelly
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...more
Nicci
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
Nancy
Mar 08, 2013 Nancy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Terri
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
Michele
enjoyed this entire series of books. easy reading. .summer beach book
Mike Schneider
OK, but not great mystery concerning the death of a young boy. I found it difficult to sympathize with the accused, even though the book was plainly steering you to the belief he was innocent somehow.
Pamela M.
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...more
Paula
Easy, quick read with some surprising turns.
Speirson
Reading the series. The twists were predictable but the characters are pretty decent.
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
Colleen Coleman
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!
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On a crazy dare, I wrote a book and suddenly a lark became a passion. Now, with over 29 books to my name including the bestselling Witness Series featuring Josie Bates and the USA Today Best Seller KEEPING COUNSEL.

I'm long married to a Superior Court judge (we met in high school) and am the mother of two creative sons. Alex is in film and Eric is a playwright and just published his first novel, Im...more
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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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