Witness for the Defense : Kali O'Brien

  • by Jonnie Jacobs
  • Narrated by Cindy Piller
  • Series: Kali O'Brien
  • 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With her unique blend of courtroom drama and feverish suspense, critically acclaimed author Jonnie Jacobs has won a legion of fans for her Kali O'Brien thrillers. Now the edgy San Francisco attorney is back to handle a simple adoption - and winds up defending her client for murder....
Straightforward and short term: that's precisely the kind of case Kali O'Brien needs at the moment. Yet the Harper adoption makes her uneasy from the start. Maybe it's because psychologist Steven Cross - a man whose path hasn't crossed hers since the tragedy that shattered his life and their forbidden relationship years ago - unexpectedly referred the couple to her. Or could it be that Ted and Terri Harper's previous brush with parenthood ended in heartache when the birth mother changed her mind?
This time around, the former star quarterback and his lovely blonde wife aren't taking any chances. They've even moved pregnant Melissa Burke into their lavish Pacific Heights home. As Kali watches her determined clients shower the lonesome teenager with love and attention, she can't help wondering just how desperate they are to claim the unborn child. When Melissa delivers a healthy baby girl and promptly signs the final adoption papers, Kali breathes a sigh of relief...until Bram Weaver surfaces.
The controversial, chauvinistic radio talk show host announces he's the baby's father - a claim Melissa can't dispute. With a sinking heart, Kali prepares to defend the Harpers in a bitter custody battle that's certain to end in the birth father's favor - until the case takes a shocking turn when somebody murders Weaver. Despite Terri Harper's staunch denial, the police have compelling evidence linking her to the crime, leaving Kali to wonder how far an emotionally fraught new mother will go to protect her child.

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I totally enjoyed this audio book. I thought I had predicted the ending fairly early on and it turned out that for all my smugness Jacobs had tricked me with a surprising conclusion I never saw coming.


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- med c

Gritty Sweet Suspense

This installment of Witness of the Defense is a nice round up of courtroom procedural, complex relationships, glimmers of romance, and plenty of suspense. Some things are fairly predictable, but there is no easy answer to the ultimate “whodunit,” at least not for me. Author Jonnie Jacobs gives us a first person account of attorney Kali O’Brien’s defense investigation into a murder of an unlikable character. Jacobs does a great job developing a variety of personalities, from angry young adults to bitter mid-lifers. There’s even a sweet newborn, around whom the story evolves. No one character stands out as outrageous or super exceptional, but each of their respective subtle idiosyncrasies works well to hold the story in an engaging light.

Narrator Cindy Pillar has a crisp, articulate voice. She did not differentiate much between male and female characters, which IMHO is a nice to have that would have upped the enjoyment factor. More distracting was the fact that her voice sounds significantly older than the thirty-something main character, Kali O’Brien, as well as other characters.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review. Thanks AudioBlast.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-29-2016
  • Publisher: Jonnie Jacobs