Huge thank you to @suzyapprovedbooktours for including me on the blog tour for this book. Liana Cohen is a NYC public defender. She works to represent people that have already been convicted but are allowed one appeal under NY state law. As we meet Liana, she is having a crisis of faith about her job even though her personal life appears to be going well. She has a great boyfriend, Jakob. She’s got a nice apartment and good friends. Things change for Liana when her co-worker, Deb, gives her a case for a young man named Daniel Shea, who was convicted of a terrible crime.
Liana believes she may be able to help Danny and she also believes she may be able to renew her faith in her work. She becomes inexplicably drawn to Danny and forms a belief in his innocence and that his conviction could be overturned.
This book follows Liana’s journey of idealism and justice. We follow her through her relationship with Jakob, who is an antitrust lawyer and has a completely different experience with the law. We follow her through her friendships with her college friends, Katie and Charlotte. And most importantly, the trajectory of her friendship with Deb.
I found this book to be interesting, provocative, and I enjoyed reading Liana’s story very much. She is a young woman, on the verge of turning 30, and I admired her courage and faith as she strove to try and do the right thing in very challenging circumstances.
I highly recommend this legal thriller. Not only is it a thought-provoking story, it is also a wonderfully written, character-driven book that will stay with me for quite awhile.
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.