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2/7/12 10:24 A

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I read the February book in short order, so I went back and am reading the January book. I am up to Chapter 15 so far.

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1/19/12 11:31 A

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I am actually enjoying the book so far.

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I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best I can.

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Welcome, it's never too late to join in.

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1/18/12 3:50 P

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I just joined and have never done a book club, my husband just bought me a kindle fire so I decided to try to catch up with all. I also downloaded the ones you suggested in the January thread. Hopefully I can get on top of things.

Pain is just weakness leaving the body.

DETERMINATION is deciding it's worth it to finish what you've started

I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best I can.

"To say you have no time is to say you really don't want to." -Lao Tzu

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1/15/12 5:27 P

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After the first bit I started to think it was really worth persisitng with.

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1/14/12 10:43 P

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I felt like the first chapter was a little odd. The more I read the book, though, the better it seemed to get. Maybe I just got used to the writing style or maybe, as others are indicating, the first few pages are written in a fashion that is not read with ease.

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1/14/12 4:01 A

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Just started the book and I have to admit to not liking it very much at first. But second night reading and its a little better. But I find myself wandering off to facebook a lot....lol emoticon

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1/13/12 7:41 P

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Just found time to finish the first chapter. Interesting writing style - the author has some interesting descriptions here and there. Narrative still a little jerky, but then these things take time to setup of course.

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1/12/12 8:41 P

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I'm only on chapter 6, but so far I am enjoying the book. I think Archer sounds amazing.
I do think that if a 16 year old does actually commit murder, then she should be tried as an adult. I like this book.

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1/11/12 12:47 A

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Right out of the gate, being a non-fiction reader mostly, I was ready to ditch this book and return to reading "The Law" by Frederic Bastiat. But I got past the revolting prison scenes and gave it a shot. Now the plot has become more like real life, particularly with the ubiquitous political intrigue thrown into the whole convoluted mess! OK, now I've finished chapter 10 and I'm committed. I must say it's very well written, and the plot is interesting enough to hold my interest. So far, so good!

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1/8/12 11:27 A

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After a few disappointing free books (yes, I want jam on it) this book has been a real find.

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1/7/12 9:45 P

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I finished the book tonight. I couldn't wait. emoticon

The book held my interest. I'm considering picking up another book by the author but I already have so many books loaded and waiting to be read.

I'm still committed to not giving away any information which isn't covered in the designated chapters.

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1/7/12 7:47 P

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BTW - My Nook version has Chapters listed. Chapter 12 starts on page 216 of 776. The Chapters are annotated with numbers at the top of the page as each chapter starts - but just the number not the word Chapter.

Becky

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1/7/12 7:44 P

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I just started Chapter 12. I agree with the comment about the ominous description of Hannah getting processed at the facility. The line about the guards balancing between indifference and glorying in their power (the author of course said it better) was just one example of the insights into human behavior that I've liked in the book so far. Although I don't like books that are laid out for you ahead of time, I feel as though I'm reading the second book in a series. There have been a lot of references to the Kristin Davis trial and the actions following it, but I feel I need more information about that to make some judgements about Josie. (also I find it a little distracting as I find myself thinking of the Sex in the City actress whenever I read this name).

Regarding the issue of trying "juveniles" as adults, I believe it is warranted in some situations. However I think this book, at least so far, mirrors real life scenarios where the decision to "try as an adult" is a political decision or a way of grandstanding rather than a real pursuit of justice.

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1/7/12 11:14 A

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Yes, in a way, but there's that awful inevitability that seems to be moving the plot on. Sometimes I get the shudders and have to stop reading.

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1/7/12 11:13 A

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Yes I am too. Fortunately I've been keeping busy with other things.

If you got a traffic ticket would you break every traffic law the rest of the day? Then why toss the whole day over a slice of pizza? ~Indygirl

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1/6/12 10:49 P

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Since we're only discussing 10 chapters at a time I've been trying to distract myself from the book.

...I just started reading ch. 25.

This is such a good book so far. I may end up finishing it this weekend. I promise not to spoil it by giving away any details.

Is anyone else finding it hard to put down this book?

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1/4/12 4:14 P

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OK my version is numbered, but if yours isn't, I have at the end of chapter 10:
"24% Page 91 of 366 Location 1644 of 7016" Hope this helps.

Yes, the book certainly has an ominous feel to it, and I also kept thinking "Don't do it, the case is going to cause a lot of heartache for everybody involved." I can see an element of sleaze coming in with Kip and the politicians which only adds to the uneasy feelings.

By coincidence we have just had a result over here in the trial of two men for the murder 18 years ago of Steven Laurence, and they had to be tried as juveniles because that was what they were at the time the murder was committed; and under the law in force in England at the time, so their sentences are for 14 and 15 years.

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1/3/12 11:10 P

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I finished the first 10 chapters.

I keep thinking the "poop" is going to hit the fan for Josie with this case. Even if the it was really self-defense, I feel like the poop is on the way.

As far as having things spelled-out or learning things little-by-little, I have mixed feelings. For me, as long as the story flows, I'm okay with either style. Sometimes an author gives too little information and you end up not caring about the characters or feeling like the story isn't feasible.

As the book progresses I have more and more questions. That's a good sign for me. The last book I read gave WAY to many details about trivial things. I probably should have abandoned it early on but I felt like I HAD to finish it. With this book, Hostile Witness, I just really want to read it to have my questions answered and to see what develops.

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1/3/12 10:28 P

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I like books that keep the suspense going and don't spell it all out at once.

I had worked as a probation officer for my first career, a criminal justice researcher for my second career (and another for the third career). Because of this I have been in jails, juvenile halls, and major prisons. The chapter talking about Hannah going in to the jail and being processed just brought chills to my soul. I got goosebumps just going through those doors, hearing that final sounding clang behind you.

I am not a fan of juveniles being tried as adults, but there are some crimes so heinous that I understand why it happens....it would not happen this easily though.

I was wanting to yell at Josie- don't take this case.....it is going to get ugly. Oh- I am hooked on this book.

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I started it last night, and came away with a feeling of unease and dread. The idea of prisons has always scared me. Got a probably dumb question - how do you tell the chapters? They don't seem to be numbered, or else the chapters are very long, and I haven't come to the end of the first chapter.

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1/3/12 12:38 P

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I'll start and make a point of getting to Chapter 10 by the end of the week. I'm just finishing up a book for my mystery book club (Blasphemy - not quite sure how it is a mystery) so I'll start ours next. The mystery book club selection is a disappointment.

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1/3/12 9:23 A

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I am on chapter six and enjoying the book very much. I prefer to work it out along the way. I like suspense and intrigue. Not having it all spelled out for you.
I do think some crimes are worthy of trying juveniles as adults, because of the premeditation and horrificness. Although in this situation, I think she is being set up for a crime she did not commit, and used as an example.

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1/3/12 8:37 A

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Hard to say whether she should be there since we still haven't heard why they suspect her of murder in the first place. I keep waiting for a motive.

It is a good book so far. I don't want to put it down. No reading for me today though.

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1/3/12 6:39 A

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I've got through 9 of the 10 chapters. I found the first part a bit confusing - but actually I liked it. I prefer books that don't set everything out for me, but let me work out the relationships and connections for myself as I get into it. How do you all think? Do you like the straightforward "Miss A is in her forties, has blonde hair and blue eyes" sort of book, or do you like to build up the picture gradually?

Hannah is being kept in an adult prison and is to be tried as an adult although she is only sixteen. What is your reaction to this? In England she would be in a young offenders'' facility and tried in a juvenile court. Should this always be the case or are some crimes so bad that a juvenile should be tried as an adult?

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I'll be starting on it tonight too.

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1/2/12 11:58 P

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I too have started the book but have not progressed as quickly. I am reading more than one book at a time - which may not prove to be a great decision.

I do anticipate finishing all 10 chapters before the week ends, though.

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I have started reading and I am past the 10th chapter. Did you want to offer questions to respond to or just have a general discussion?

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Great idea. Hope to start this evening as well. emoticon

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Sounds good! I plan to start reading tonight.

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1/1/12 6:10 A

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There are 40 chapters, so I have allocated 10 chapters per week - I don't think they can be very long though.

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