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Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster
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May 03, 2012

did not like it
Read from May 03 to 04, 2012

Josie Baylor-Bates is a middle-aged lawyer practicing low-key home-town law in Hermosa Beach, California. an old college friend turns up, desperate to have Josie, once a high-pressure criminal defense lawyer, defend her 16 year old daughter who has been accused of arson and murder.

That's the plot, and it's not bad. But it's the only thing that's not bad about this terrible book. Forster can't write; her prose is mediocre at best and her dialogue is strained, to put it mildly. The book could have benefitted from substantial editing of subplots that did absolutely nothing for the story line--didn't add real interest, didn't move the story along, didn't do anything for character development. The characters are quite frankly unbelievable.

and that's not even mentioning the truly amateurish--bad amateurish--mistakes. There is a scene where Josie is supposedly in mortal danger--but from what? No weapon at all is mentioned. And then there is the character who is wearing gloves, supposedly to prevent leaving fingerprints. A paragraph later, the character is studying her nails without ever having had the opportunity to remove her gloves. Stuff like that. Truly bad.

At least the price was right--it was a free download for Kindle. All I wasted was my time.

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Lewis Weinstein Ouch! But tell it as you see it.

Joyce Lagow There are simply too many really fine authors in this genre to have to put up with someone as bad as this poor woman is. One thing I didn't point out is that while she's not trying to imitate, she certainly is writing--well, trying to write--like Sue Grafton whose Kinsey Mahone books, which are excellent, are set in Santa Barbara.

It's the old story--too many books, too little time. :-)

Ellen Taylor I'm only a third through. Will it get better? Is there any suspense or thrilling part?

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