Friday, October 5, 2012
Day 5:Hostile Witness by Rebecca Forster -Friday's Free Kindle Read
A superior court judge had to sentence a minor to life in prison. His wife, struck by the significance of a life sentence for one so young was inspired to write a novel about a case where that was a possible outcome.
FREE! Yes, today's review is also my Friday freebie announcement.
Linda's 16 year old daughter, Hannah, has just been arrested for killing her grandfather. Linda reaches out to a college friend (without many fond memories of being Linda's "friend") Josie Baylor-Bates. Josie has criminal defense experience.
Josie doesn't want the case. She doesn't want to deal with Linda, doesn't want to upset her new position at a small law firm without all the criminal drama... but Linda is frantic and doesn't seem willing to leave Josie's house until she gets her to cooperate. Josie makes a promise to just the smallest amount of immediate assistance, but that's all.
Hannah has some quirks... She has to touch things... 20 times. She's hard to connect with, mistrusting, a bit rebellious. The matches found in her room are the same type used to set the fire in her grandfather's rooms. She also doesn't have a large fan club. Her step-father just wants this to all go away, because he's up for a government appointment... even if it means Hannah pays with her freedom... even if she's innocent, which he doesn't allow himself to even consider.
And Linda? Linda doesn't want to lose her husband, and she's willing to pay a very high price to keep the peace with him. Her loyalty is tested.
There's a beach scene between Linda & Josie required a little stretching on the reader's behalf, but overall I enjoyed the book and had a hard time putting it down.
So, pick it up for your free weekend read!
This post is part of The 31 Days project at The Nester. Here are some other 31 Days participants you may enjoy.
31 Days of Mystery and Mayhem
31 Days of Quotes for Writers
31 Days to Reconnecting
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