Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 100-105,000 words
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Bestselling author Rebecca Forster has had more than twenty books published in her career, most legal thrillers.
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“A mysterious, unstable man disrupts a Senate hearing long enough to whisper five words to Josie Bates that will send her from the icy winter of Washington D.C. to the tropical warmth of Hawaii in search of Hannah. What she finds instead is a long buried truth. . .a truth that will change her life forever if she stays alive long enough to live it.”
With each new installment of Rebecca Forster’s “The Witness” series, I’m surprised at the different directions she finds to take the story. At the end of Eyewitness (the previous book in the series), we were left a bit of a cliffhanger. The main storyline came to a conclusion, but protagonist Josie Bate’s ward, Hannah, also went missing.
Forgotten Witness has two main story threads that are interwoven through the book. One follows Archer, Josie’s boyfriend/fiancé, as he follows up on a set of clues in search of Hannah. Forster tells this part of the story, keeping it always in the back of the reader’s mind (just like it is always nagging at Josie), partially using a clever technique that I’ll let the reader discover on their own.
The other story thread involves Josie as she follows another path in search of Hannah. She stumbles onto something completely unexpected which answers one of the lingering questions many readers (and Josie) have had through the entire series. However, it also generates many new questions which Josie attempts to answer.
Something new for this series that I especially enjoyed was the way it integrated real world issues, some of them very current, into the story. The main story line comes to a nice conclusion and, as always, also left me ready for more, with a couple guesses as to where we’ll be going with Josie next. I’ll probably be wrong once again.
This book is the sixth in a series and while I think it could be read as a standalone, an understanding of the cumulative backstory of the main characters from the earlier books adds a lot to the enjoyment of this installment. My advice would be, if you haven’t read them all, do.
Review is based on an advance reader copy and I’m unable to judge the finished product in this area.