#Review Silent Witness by Rebecca Forster @Rebecca_Forster #Mystery
I really enjoyed this book but it left a lot of questions unanswered. Then it errors that almost threw me out of the story. Some words spelled the wrong way was the main problem. After reading this story I wonder why Josie was interested in having a relationship with Archer. A person who is so shallow and self asbored that he is only concerned about his self.
Then I wonder if Josie is really able to fully take care of Hannah and her needs. Readers see in the first few chapters that Josie forgot about Hannah. She forgot she was responsible for Hannah. What will happen if Hannah really needs Josie and she is not there?
I was very surprised this book did not end up with second book syndrome. It is so hard for some authors to keep the suspense, thrill and interest in the second book in a series. Some authors are not able to keep the readers interest and the throw it all out there story line that keeps readers wanting more. I am happy to state this book is as good if not better than the first.
1. We all say we want complete honesty. Should Archer have lied to his dying wife about his willingness to care for her mentally challenged son? What would have been the consequences – good and bad – of that choice? For Tim? Archer? Josie?
No he should not have lied to her. No matter what there needs to be honesty between spouses. Without honesty in all areas a marriage is not whole. Spouses should not hide part of theirself from each other. Yes, Lexi should not have ask Archer to care for Tim. But we as mothers, parents, humans always ask the impossible, especially of the spouse. If Tim lived he would ahve been forgotten. He would have became a ward of the state. Placed in a home where he could possibly suffered physical and sexual abuse. Would Archer have had a change of heart? Doubtful. He did not care about the child when married to Lexi so he would not care what happens to Tim in the future. Josie probably would have went all maternal on Tim. She would have wanted to try and help. To find a way to ‘cure’ him if possible. But she would also try and find his biological father. She would have made sure Collin paid for everything Tim might need or want.
2. Money played a large role in this story. Would a monetary settlement have eased Collin’s grief? Was Archer’s offer to pay for Tim’s care cold or practical?
Money does not and cannot ease grief. It seems impossible that Collin would not hired some type of agency or even went back to court to see his child. He is suppose to have lots of money. Why didn’t he do something instead of just ignoring what he thought was the impossible. Didn’t he know Lexi was dead? If so he could have found Tim. He just did not try hard enough. Archer is showing he is a shallow, self-centered person. He could have do something more to help Lexi care for the child. I do not understand how or why people think money will solve all problems. Being given money just creates a new set of problems.
Was the care Tim needed practical? Was it something he needed to stay healthy? Was it medically necessary? Offering to help depends on if the person needs it or just wants it.
3. Lexi was proven to be cruel and calculating. How did this diminish her as a mother? As Archer’s wife? When she pulled the restraint, was she motivated by true love for her child, hatred for her husband, or despair? Did you have any sympathy for her?
Lexi is a cold, self-centered, and does not believe anyone can take care of Tim except her. She does not want to allow anyone to have a second chance in her life. Pulling the restraint showed she did not care about anyone’s opinion but her own. I have no sympathy for Lexi. By the end of the story I felt nothing but loathing for Lexi. The box of letters from Collin show that Lexi was only interested in sympathy for herself. Showing that she was the only one willing to take care and support a mentally disabled child. But I also question how long Collin had been sending letters to Lexi. Did he start a month after the divorce or was it years later?
4. Jude and Josie are on opposite sides of the legal fence and yet must work together for what they want. How are they the same? How are they different? Is Josie more ethical than Jude?
Jude is after fame and fortune. Josie is after truth. The real truth. No I do not believe Josie is more ethical than Jude. No matter what everyone is different. Every lawyer (or person) will approach and do stuff differently. Jude just has a different way in how he approaches stuff than Josie. Some people allow fame and/or money to become more important to them than the truth.
5. Women seem to be given preference in matters of child custody. Why is it assumed that a mother is a better parent than a father? Why do women seem to automatically receive emotional support in a divorce? Can the courts legislate a change or must it come from society?
It is assumed that only mothers are able to nuture a child. Each parent is able to nuture in a different way. Just because a mother carries the child and goes through the labor and delivery does not mean anything. Anyone is able to start the life of a child. Just because they were at the birth does not mean they are able to provide the child what they need. Not all women receive emotional support in a divorce. Change will only happen from both sides.
6. Archer is devastated by Lexi’s duplicity. What happens next? Should he reach out to Collin? Would showing Collin the letters help him or strengthen his bitterness? Would it prolong Archer’s pain?
How would reaching out help Collin? Yes he needs to give the box of letters to Collin but other than that there is nothing else he can do. As for bitterness he needs to let it go and forgive. Holding bitterness inside allows it to grown. It ends up turning a person into a totally new person. Archer needs to realize that Lexi is not the person he thought she was.