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Privileged Witness

(Witness Series, #3)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,009 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Though attorney Josie Baylor-Bates swore off rich clients years ago, she succumbs to Grace McCreary's plea for help. The sister of a Senate hopeful-Josie's former lover-Grace is accused of murdering her disturbed sister-in-law. As Josie steps back into the world of privilege and power to prove her own worth and her client's innocence, she risks everything she now holds dea ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 7th 2006 by Signet (first published 2006)
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Sep 13, 2012 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite of the three I've read so far. Something about all the women in this series - they annoy me. Too dependant, needy, weird, off. I could handle it in the first two books, but it was hard to deal with in this one.
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Liked this one too! I would give them 5s if it weren't for grammar errors :)
Kat Collins
Jul 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Forster has outdone herself with her third novel in the Witness series. The mystery and suspense of the whodunnit of Forster novels will keep you flipping pages relentlessly, but it's the intricate heart, depth, and realism of her characters (flaws and all) that makes Forster such a special writer. Josie Baylor-Bates, the heroine, seems to find herself in one extremely personal case after another. Privileged Witness is no exception.

Privileged Witness reunites Josie with her first love, Matthew
Shannon Paiva
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I liked this one a lot. I like Josie's character and I love watching her relationship with Hannah develop. I think the only complaint I have with this is how the secondary story with Kevin O'Connel just kind of died out and didn't really resolve.

All in all a good read. Less predictable and more of a page turner than the last two!
Book was part of the Book Bunny group reading challenge.

1. Grace's appearance takes Josie by surprise. Is Josie's reaction to Grace understandable? What does Grace symbolize for Josie? Is her anger really directed at Grace? Herself? Matthew? Does anyone ever get over a first love?

I think Josie was in shock more than surprised. I probably would have asked for some type of proof that Grace really was Matthew's sister. Yes, I felt the reaction was understandable. Who wouldn't act that way? Grace s
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not that I don't sympathize with Josie Bates, but I knew that representing Grace McCreary was a very bad idea. I had an inkling about the kind of relation Grace had with her brother, and that it wasn't healthy. Even Josie quickly regretted taking on a case of another rich, spoiled woman, but as astutely observed by Det. Babcock, Josie has integrity, and once she has committed to represent a client, she sees it through, respecting her client's rights to legal representation, whatever they ha ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 3rd in the series about Josie Bates, who is a criminal lawyer. Her and her boyfriend, Archer, are still together, but right now he is in Mexico taking a break.

In this one, Josie is contacted by Grace McCreary, who just happens to be the sister of a man she dated for several years, Matthew. He is married and is pursuing a career in the polictical arena. Grace contacts Josie as Matthew's wife, has jumped out of their apartment building and is dead. The police are investigating, but Gra
Lori Robinett
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had read this book a while back, but reread it because the author was going to be at a book festival I was attending. I love the main character, who is athletic, intelligent, and determined. The plot was well written, with twists and turns that caught me off-guard. The characters were layered and real. I particularly enjoyed Hannah, Josie's young charge. That inclusion of family and youth added a nice dimension to the story. This book reminded me of why I like this author - and now I'm going t ...more
Dana Groulx
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Phillip III
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So thankful I found Rebecca Forster! The third book in the Witness series was tight. With ex-boyfriends, political aspirations, family secrets and murder, how can you go wrong?

Forster knows how to build characters, set a breakneck pace and keep the surprise ending full of twists!

On to the fourth book in the series!

Phillip Tomasso
Author of the crime novel, YOU CHOOSE
William Lovejoy
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Josie Bates is an old friend by now, but her adventures grow ever more disastrous, and we worry about her. The author has drawn this story in ever-mounting tension which keeps the reader engaged and hopeful of a resolution. The plot twists hold off the resolution. A great read!
Janet Cummings
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too many characters

Out of the three, this was not my favorite. She skips around too much from character to character. I actually got confused at times as to who was doing what. She is a superb writer that can make a scene come alive. Generally, her books are excellent.
Dawne Manzoor
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great read

I hope Rebecca writes faster we're getting near the end of a fantastic mind grabbing series. I could not put this book down, it was that good.
This just got too convoluted for me. I didn’t like the characters and found the plot resolution to be too far fetched.
Glitter Glidden
I liked the writing and various characters with intertwining story lines. The denouement was a bit of a disappointment.
Kelly Moran
A bit slower than the previous books in this series, with a few plot holes, but overall made for good airport reading.
Trinity Kahn
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite so far

This book kept me guessing until the end. It was exciting and I could hardly put it down until the end.
M.C. Brooks
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorry to have finished

I've just finished the Witness as trilogy. I love the characters Josie, Archer and Hannah and with each novel we learn and like hem more.
Brenda Stensney
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best of the series

Best of the series. Well worth the read. A page turner, stayed up until late to finish. So now I am thinking now what
Sissie Helen
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The characters continue to develop nicely...
Ednisha Riley
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
not one of my favorite in this series, but it definitely kept you interested until the end,
Marieanne Fabiano
Man! Another great book in the series! I couldn't put it down, which surprised me because I read some of the reviews that said that is was not as good as the first two. Well, I certainly disagree! I was captivated and couldn't wait to see the direction that it was going to go and how it would end. In Privileged Witness, Josie is taken back to her past, when the sister (Grace McCreary) of her ex-boyfriend, "comes back from the dead" and is looking to hire Josie. Josie ex-boyfriend is Matthew McCr ...more
Robin Webster
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Privileged Witness’ is Rebecca Forster’s third book in the Josie Bates legal thriller ‘Witness’ series. This book sees Josie attempting to defend Grace McCreary the the sister of an ex-lover Matthew McCreary, who is also a Republican Senatorial candidate. Grace is accused of killing Michelle, Matthew McCreary’s wife by pushing her off a balcony: while she maintains that Michelle had committed suicide. Defending the sister of an ex-lover, stirs up all sorts of feelings within her, which at times ...more
This third book in the series is as engaging as the first two. Forster has kept the quality of her storytelling high, which isn’t always the case with series books.

This novel has plenty of twists in it but I figured out the main one early on.

I still wish Forster would give Archer a first name and tell us how he and Josie became lovers.

Several places in this book, a POV or location shift occurred but there was no break in the text to indicate it happening. I don’t know if they were download or fo
Colleen Coleman
Jan 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like that with each book I am learning more about the main characters. It is interesting how the relationship between Josie and Hannah is progressing and how Archer, at times, seems to get a grip, get over himself and realize how important Hannah is to Josie. However, I did not like this one as much as the other two. In this book I guessed early on what the deal was with Matthew and Grace. I was a little disappointed how things ended with Grace. I thought that there could have been more story ...more
Lavinia Thompson
Jan 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I rated this a five-star book as I have with the rest of this series. Rebecca Forster has written a fabulous series with Josie Bates. Characters are believable, Bates' cases are believable but have many underlying plots, twists and turns. After swearing off rich clients, Bates gives to defending the sister of an old boyfriend and is reminded o why she stopped defending such clients in the first place. Anyone with a taste for crime fiction, legal thrillers, courtroom drama (Law & Order type s ...more
Gayla Nelson
Jun 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Well, this was the 3rd in a 4 part series of the Witness series by this author and it was not as good as the first two books at all. However, she keeps using some of the same characters so I expected a little more character development of them, but there was none in this book as there was in book 2. I am going to go ahead and read the 4th and final one - mostly because I paid for them and hope it is a good one to end this series. I think you could read book one and be good when it comes to this ...more
Liz Marshall
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got hooked on this series after reading "Hostile Witness", which I loved. Here again, Josie Bates is drawn into a case because of a personal connection to one of the main characters, who then becomes the defendant in the case. Josie has a soft spot for the weak when they get caught up in the legal system, and that makes her my kind of heroine. Of course things get twisted and go horribly wrong, and periodically you realize, dear reader, that you've forgotten to breathe again, but you can alway ...more
Nov 02, 2012 added it
At the beginning of the book I thought the Author was going another path, but I quickly learned she was going to keep me on the edge of my seat with this one. Some things were easy to figure out, but then Archer's role shocked me a little. I liked the roles Hannah and Billy played in Privileged Witness. Very good and much better than the parts they played in Hostile Witness. A very good series for those who like mystery. Looking forward to the next book, Expert Witness.
Michael Turashoff
Well for starters, I'm very stingy with my 5 stars but this book deserves it. It had all the twists and turns I love and it kept me guessing right till the end. I love a mystery that throws in shockers and this one had one at every other chapter. I also love a mystery that I can't figure out, leaving me blown away at the end. Again here was that mystery. I strongly suggest it for anyone who loves a good mystery like I do.
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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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Witness Series, (7 books)
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