About The Book:
Published November 13th 2018
She Writes Press
Jaded New York City Public Defender Liana Cohen would give anything to have one client in whom she can believe. Dozens of hardened criminals and repeat offenders have chipped away at her faith in both herself and the system. Her boyfriend Jakob’s high-powered law firm colleagues see her do-gooder job as a joke, which only adds to the increasing strain in their relationship.
Enter imprisoned felon Danny Shea, whose unforgivable crime would raise a moral conflict in an attorney at the height of her idealism—and that hasn’t been Liana in quite a while. But Danny’s astonishing blend of good looks, intelligence, and vulnerability intrigues Liana. Could he be the client she’s been longing for—the wrongly accused in need of a second chance? Is he innocent? As their attorney-client relationship transforms into something less than arm’s length, Liana is forced to confront fundamental questions of truth, faith, and love—and to decide who she wants to be.
About The Author:
After graduating from Yale College and Yale Law School, Reyna Marder Gentin practiced as a juvenile rights attorney with the Legal Aid Society and then as a criminal appellate attorney with a nonprofit public defender’s office for nearly eighteen years. That job, and a number of the clients she represented, inspired the story of UNREASONABLE DOUBTS. The novel is more than a legal thriller. It’s the story of Liana Cohen, a young woman grappling to salvage her idealism in an often harsh world, and learning how to find friendship, faith, and love in the right places.
Reyna keeps a hand in the law as a volunteer, representing women and men seeking restraining orders against their intimate partners. She has written and continues to write personal essays for a number of websites including Kveller, Mamalode, Grown & Flown and others. Reyna’s short story, “A Reckoning,” was published in the 2017 issue of the Westchester Review, and her psychological thriller, “Complicity,” appears online at The Write Launch. You can find links to all her pieces at www.reynamardergentin.com
Reyna lives with her family in Westchester, New York.
Lianna is a public defender working on appeals for the convicted. She has becomes dissatisfied with her work, and it shows! Her best friend and work partner gives her Danny Shea’s appeal. Danny gives Lianna the inspiration she is looking for but, he also puts her judgement at risk.
Lianna is a tough, no nonsense attorney. I found her very intriguing and her job is not something I would find enjoyable. And, she is struggling. As a matter of fact, she starts to unravel. She has lost her focus. The Danny Shea case is starting to turn this around. Jakob, her boyfriend sees the change. As a matter of fact, everyone, including her Rabbi sees the change in Lianna.
There is a lot going on in this book. Not only is it a legal thriller but it has a lot about friendship and love. I did think the story had too much of a religious aspect. I enjoyed reading about the Jewish faith. I just felt there was too much of it and not enough that really pertains to the story.
I have not had a good legal thriller in quite a while. This hit the spot. I loved the way this story unfolded. Is he guilty or not? And you really hope he is not. Danny has a magnetism that attracts not only Lianna but the reader as well. I enjoyed this one! Grab yours today!