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Grace McCreary says she tried to stop her wealthy, disturbed sister-in-law from jumping to her death, but the police accuse her of murder. Grace, sister of Senate hopeful Matthew McCreary, turns to Josie Bates for help. When Josie, Matthew's first love, steps back into the world of privilege and power she risks everything she holds dear - including her own life....

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  • Janet
    2019-03-30 16:54

    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.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-21 09:42

    Liked this one too! I would give them 5s if it weren't for grammar errors :)

  • Kat Collins
    2019-04-09 14:45

    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 McCreary, a rising politician whose sister (one that he always told Josie was dead) is accused of murdering his wife. Josie finds herself facing secrets from her past as she puts herself on the front lines of defending McCreary's sister.Privileged Witness explores previously uncharted depths in Josie, making this - in my opinion - the "richest" of the first three Josie Bates-Baylor series. Josie's decisions aren't always likable or admirable, but I can understand her motivations. Forster could have easily given Josie a "hero's ending" and ride the wave of a likable character, but to her credit, she takes personal risks with Josie which makes for a truly absorbing read. If you've read the first two novels, you'll know that Josie moved to Hermosa Beach some time ago to escape the down-and-dirty world of Public Defender in order to pursue a quiet, community lawyer lifestyle. She gave up high-profile (and high-income) criminal defense cases after a client she got acquitted went out and murdered someone else. Despite her best intentions, she continually finds herself embroiled in intensely personal, high-profile cases, such as this one which, among other things, will help determine the next Senator of California. As usual, Josie doesn't know what she's getting into at first. When Grace McCreary comes to ask her for help, Josie is lead to believe that the cops are suspicious of Matthew's possible involvement in his wife's death. When Grace is arrested for murdering Matthew's wife, Josie's dumbfounded. Things go swiftly downhill from there, as Josie is constantly blindsided by truths her client's family neglected to mention to her, the political maneuvering going on behind the scenes to save McCreary's crumbling senatorial campaign from ruin, a whole snake pit of McCreary family secrets, and her dangerous tendency to sometimes think with her heart rather than her head in this case. Josie is not the right defender for Grace as she is so emotionally invested, she blindly charges ahead without seeing the yawning pit waiting for her. Her latent feelings for her former lover, Matthew, color some of her actions and decisions - and she's not the only one who stands to get hurt as events unfold. We find Archer silently dealing with the idea of Josie's former lover and potential feelings that she has for him. Josie and Archer are still struggling with the relationship wounds left by Josie's previous case where Archer was accused of murder and secrets about his deceased step-son and wife were revealed. Hannah fears abandonment by Josie and acts out with intense teenage angst and wisdom beyond her years. There's also a mad, cowardly, sore loser of a wife-beater out there threatening revenge against his ex-wife and her lawyer, which puts Josie as well as those closest to her in danger. Forster works this second storyline into the novel extremely well. It adds another layer to an already tense atmosphere. Only the most remarkable of women could hold up under all the strain Josie faces from all directions over the course of this novel. There are a lot of things going on all at once here, and the drama of so many fateful characters takes precedence over the legal aspects of the crime itself. You won't find a shocking courtroom climax at the end of this story, as it's far too tragic to end in such a commonplace manner. Forster is really expanding the boundaries of her fiction with this effort, and the result is her most memorable novel of the first three in the series.

  • Shannon Paiva
    2019-04-15 17:00

    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!

  • KyBunnies
    2019-04-09 15:37

    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 symbolizes a piece of an unanswered past for Josie. Her anger is more directed at herself for being taken for a fool than anything. But some of that anger is directed at Matthew. Someone she loved that lied to her about everything. No, we never really get over our first true love.2. Once Josie sees Matthew, old feelings are rekindled. Does Josie betray Archer on any level? Is Josie jeopardizing all her personal relationships by accepting Grace's case? Was her decision ever about Grace or always about proving something to Matthew?Yes, I feel that Josie betrayed Archer on an emotional level. Then with the kissing and fondling. Josie showed she still had some feeling for Matthew. I feel Josie was jeopardizing her profession by accepting Grace's case. Seems like there is some law/ethics being pushed beyond the limit. Seems like Josie was trying to prove to Matthew he screwed up when he broke off the relationship. I felt Josie was trying to prove to Matthew that she was smarter than he thought she was. That she would figure out the truth to the puzzle and that threatened him.3. Matthew appears tortured by the consequences of his choices. Is his guilt a result of remorse, honest compassion for Grace, or concern for his career? Is it possible to rationalize anything including a crime as heinous as incest?Matthew was only concerned about how everything that happened would interfere with what he wanted. He was not concerned with anyone else but his own agenda. As for the incest, not it cannot be rationalized. He could have found a willing female to use. He knew what he was doing was wrong but that did not stop him and he did not care how screwed up that made Grace. He never showed any remorse or guilt over what he done. He always tried to blame someone else for his actions.4. Michelle and Grace were extraordinarily close. We’re they drawn together because they were flawed and weak, or because they cared about one another? Do women feed off one another in unhealthy ways while men accept their own flaws and move on?Michelle and Grace were drawn together because they were flawed and week. I do not think they cared about each other. They said the words but I did not really mean them. I felt they were trying to please Matthew instead of pleasing their shelf. Some women feed off each other but men do the same thing also. All sexes/genders pull the ole 'poor pitiful me' act. They are looking for sympathy, for someone to feel sorry for them. Each gender/sex is able to see their own flaws and move on if the person desires. Some people just able to move on better than others.5. Hannah and Billy try to help Susan O’Connel, but they are too late. Was Josie to blame for what happened to Susan? Was Hannah correct that Josie had become obsessed with the McCreary's?Josie was partly to blame for what happened to Susan. She kept pushing Susan off and putting her problem on the back burner. It seemed like Josie won, and that was all she was interested in achieving, then Susan was not important to Josie. Yes, Hannah hit the nail on the head so to speak about Josie and the McCreary's. Josie saw an opportunity to prove herself to Matthew and everything else was forgotten. She was quickly pulled back into the fame and money aspect of life then nothing else mattered.6. All the women in this story are abused. Was it always a man abusing a woman? Which of the characters were heroic? How did they manifest their heroism? Who was the most tragic character and why?No men do not always abuse women. Some women abuse each other as in Grace and Michelle or Josie and Hannah. Yes, I feel that Josie abuses Hannah. Not physical abuse but Josie does not fully provide Hannah what she needs. Josie is not the best person to take care of Hannah. Hannah needs someone that is willing to allow her to be a kid. Someone who will allow Hannah to make mistakes and be there for her to pick up the pieces. Josie breezes in and out of Hannah's life like a leaf in the wind. Hannah and Billy were heroic. Each putting someone else before anything else. Each of these kids was willing to go above and beyond what was ask to show they care about the other person. Susan was the most tragic character. She put all her trust in Josie and was passed over by money, fame and possibly fortune.

  • Lori Robinett
    2019-04-12 13:53

    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 to go back and read the ones I've missed.

  • William Lovejoy
    2019-03-26 12:02

    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!

  • Brenda Stensney
    2019-04-05 11:06

    Best of the seriesBest of the series. Well worth the read. A page turner, stayed up until late to finish. So now I am thinking now what

  • M.C. Brooks
    2019-04-20 16:49

    Sorry to have finishedI'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.

  • Ednisha Riley
    2019-04-05 11:39

    not one of my favorite in this series, but it definitely kept you interested until the end,

  • Marieanne Fabiano
    2019-04-12 11:02

    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 McCreary, who happens to be in contention to be the first republican senator of California, in a very long time. His wife, Michelle, has just committed suicide and the detective investing the crime believes that she was actually pushed. Grace will do anything to protect her brother at all costs, which is why she looks to Josie for help. Unfortunately, while Grace was protecting her brother, it was actually Grace who needed the protection, since she is the one who has been arrested for her sister-in-law's murder. That's all I am willing to say about the plot of this book. It had many twists and turns. I kept trying to guess what the beg reveal at the end was going to be. I have to say, I did figure part of it out, but there was one thing I didn't see coming (not that I'll say what it was). This book, along with the others in the series is well worth the read!

  • Robin Webster
    2019-03-31 14:46

    ‘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 clouds her judgment regarding the case. The case also threatens to derail Matthew McCreary’s election campaign. The ‘Witness’ series sticks to a very well tried and tested formula, which in this case is a positive, because it is a formula that works very well. Although the formula is predictable, the story in my view is easy to read, fast paced with many twists and turns that keep you guessing to the end. So far for me, The ‘Witness’ series has been a guaranteed enjoyable read.

  • Quillracer
    2019-03-29 12:52

    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 formatting errors, but they threw me every time I ran into one.An aside here: While the ASIN number for this Kindle edition matches the one I purchased, the cover art does not.I’ll be back for more of Josie’s adventures.

  • Colleen Coleman
    2019-04-09 14:37

    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 involvement with Kevin and Susan. I also thought that perhaps Josie and Babcock would find a spark ( maybe next book?) Anyhow I am onto #4

  • Gayla Nelson
    2019-04-12 17:53

    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 author though, based on this series alone.

  • Lavinia Thompson
    2019-04-12 12:56

    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 stuff but better), and brilliant storylines will appreciate what Forster has written here.

  • Liz Marshall
    2019-04-04 10:04

    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 always catch up with your oxygen needs when the story is over!

  • Tish
    2019-04-11 10:57

    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.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-14 10:46

    Josie is retained by her former-boyfriend-current-Senate-hopeful's sister after his wife's apparent suicide. Ah, so hard to stop reading these! Fiction pet peeve #1 (mental health misinformation) activated. For those who came to Goodreads looking for the truth, let it be known that (generally speaking), OCD is neither caused by trauma nor cured by love. And that other diagnosis she threw in at the end... not so much.

  • Michael
    2019-03-30 10:38

    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.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-04 12:02

    I thought that by the 3rd book in this series I would come to like the main character Josie. While seeing herself as a champion of right, she really takes cases that will boost her image of herself. She is pretty self centered and subtly arrogant and not very likeable. This book had many twists and turns but was not very believeable. I would only recommend it to die-hard Rebecca Forster fans.

  • A.J.
    2019-04-13 12:41

    Third in the series of books about Josie Baylor Bates, attorney. This time she's dealing with a gubernatorial candidate and his sister and a wife-beating lunatic who blames Josie for the financial settlement against him and who is out for revenge. Archer, Hannah, Billy and Max-the-Dog are all caught up in the ensuing events. Another good read.

  • Juliane Murphy
    2019-04-06 10:46

    This was not my favorite of the series so far but still suspenseful. I was not disappointed and kept turning the pages as one expects with a Foster legal thriller. This case was more predictable from the start than the first two books, so it took put some suspense midway. nonetheless, Foster's writing keeps you reading. I cannot wait until the next one!

  • Kim
    2019-04-10 10:01

    This was the third book that I have read containing these characters and unfortunately my least favorite. The victim was not sympathetic and the whole plot seemed contrived. Not really sure if the ending was as rushed as it seemed, or if I was rushing through it to be done. Still like the main group of characters just not this storyline.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-23 14:46

    Third book in the Witness series, featuring defense lawyer Josie Baylor-Bates, and I don't recommend reading it as a stand-alone. Several characters (Archer, Hannah, Billy) will make little sense without the background provided in the first two books. I found myself annoyed with Josie several times in this story. Overall, a good read, but not great.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-03-30 14:57

    This is the third book in the series. Unlike many reviews I read I actually enjoyed this book a bit more. If you haven't read the first two than the characters of Hannah and Archer will seem superfluous or lacking becausr you won't know the history. I can see that as an issue but if you are a reader of the series than they do well as the sopporting characters in this book.

    2019-03-30 09:39

    Loved this bookLoved this bookFoerster is an amazing author. Great description of characters and their surroundings. Can't wait to read another one of the Josie Bates series.

  • mark cadiz
    2019-04-02 15:48

    Rebecca is my new favorite writer!!I love Rebecca's books!! She is my favorite new author...James Patterson , move over.. her books are suspenseful and keeps me on the edge of my seat... I can't put her books down until I'm finished!!

  • Beth Lechman
    2019-03-31 14:00

    This is the 3rd book in The Witness series. I like the series but feel this one wasn't as good as the first 2. Josie Bates attorney seemed to have her hands full with the different clients so to me made this book a bit to erratic for my taste.

  • Ron
    2019-04-22 15:47

    Third in the Rebecca Forster legal series featuring Josie Baylor-Bates, Archer and Hannah as the main characters. Another good plot that involves mystery, weird characters and a lot of action.Kindle book.