Published by Signet Fiction
Hostile Witness by Rebecca Foster
When sixteen-year-old Hannah Sheraton is arrested for the murder of her step grandfather, the chief justice of the California Supreme court, her mother turns to her old college roommate, Josie Bates, for help. Josie, once a hot-shot criminal attorney, left the fast track behind for a small practice in Hermosa Beach,California. However, Hannah Sheraton intrigues her and, when the girl is charged as an adult, Josie cannot turn her back. The deeper she digs the more Josie realizes that politics, the law and family relationships create a combustible and dangerous situation.
This book has been reviewed 658 times on Amazon, the reviews are not all five star but obviously this book has impressed many people in many different ways. It is basically a murder story and the subsequent court proceedings, which result in putting the wrong person in prison for a time before the real killer is identified.
The story was interesting and then plot well paced, but for me it was spoiled by numerous proofing errors and some really dreadful spelling and punctuation mistakes. There are even mistakes in the Amazon book description. There are also some strange expressions like when Hannah (the accused) is described in the first chapter as ‘Hannah talked in staccato’, is this a new strange language I haven’t come across yet? I know some readers can overlook these or just take no notice of them, as can be seen by a lot of positive reviews out there, but ‘yes you’re honour’ make me cringe badly and I am left feeling that the writer is demeaning the readers by asking them to accept this level of English.
The defence lawyer Josie Bates is a very likable character, well developed and believable, but she was the only one that made me keep on with the story. With a bit of proper editing and proofing this could have been a good book. Hopefully the folow on books will be of better quality.