Unreasonable Doubts: A Novel

Unreasonable Doubts: A Novel

by Reyna Marder Gentin

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ISBN-13: 9781631524134
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/13/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 408,995
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Reyna Marder Gentin grew up in Great Neck, New York. She attended college and law school at Yale. For many years, she practiced as an appellate attorney representing criminal defendants who could not afford private counsel. Gentin studies at the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College, and her work has been published in The Westchester Review and online. She lives with her family in Scarsdale, New York. To learn more, please visit www.reynamardergentin.com.

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Unreasonable Doubts: A Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
NovelKim 25 days ago
Liana, the protagonist, started her professional career path as an idealist. Sounds like a difficult stance in the Public Defender’s Office writing briefs for the appeal of convictions. This seems even more problematic when these briefs are for defendants who have been found guilty of horrible, perhaps heinous crimes. It is Liana’s job to find the courtroom error, the loophole, the miscue, the misrepresentation or lack of competent counsel which would entitle these convicted defendants to a new trial. But Liana is no longer drinking the “Kool-Aid” preached by her boss and has lost her compassion and quite possibly her interest in her job. Along comes a spider, his name is Danny Shea. His case has been assigned to Deb, her friend and colleague, who is so behind on her caseload that she has had his file for over seven months and not been able to get to it. Deb challenges Liana to take his case as a test for Liana’s “all business, no empathy methodology.” This is where things get very sticky. Liana is about to make the biggest mistake of her legal career, her personal life and just about everything else. Got your attention? There is much to like about this book. The love aspect and relationship between Liana and her boyfriend Jakob reads true. The legal arguments are strong and interesting. The exploration of underpaid morally committed public defenders vis-à-vis corporate lawyers and the rigors of being a part of the world of billable hours are given a hard look and compared. The references to religious rituals, traditions and sense of community pushed the envelope just a bit but it did allow the author to insert an interesting and sympathetic character who I would love to know and have in my life. From her bio Gentin obviously writes from first-hand experience. This is a strong debut and I look forward to her future writing. Thank you NetGalley and She Writes Press for an ARC.
teachlz 26 days ago
Lindas Book Obsession Reviews “Unreasonable Doubts” by Reyna Marder Gentin She Writes Press, November 13, 2018 Reyna Marder Gentin, Author of “Unreasonable Doubts” has written an intense, intriguing, captivating, suspenseful and riveting novel that is extremely thought-provoking. The Genres for this book are Legal Suspense, and Fiction. The timeline for his book are in the present and go to the past or future only when it pertains to the events or characters in this story. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated. Liana Cohen is a Public Defender that has mixed feelings now when dealing with the legal cases she has to represent. She deals with hardened criminals. rapists, murders and is starting to lose the enthusiasm that every person is innocent until they are proven guilty. Liana’s boyfriend Jacob, is working his way up the ladder in a successful law firm. Jacob’s colleagues refer to Liana as the “do-gooder”. Why is Liana so confused at this point in time? One of Liana’s co-workers gives her a case of Danny Shea, who is in prison for rape. When Liana reads Danny’s letters, something in her makes her want to give him a second chance. Often as a Public Defender, the best form of attack is to find some mistake in the process from the first trial. Soon Liana becomes obsessed with this case. Is she in danger? I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy legal suspense novels that offer so much more. There are twists and turns and surprises in this story. Happy Reading!!
Reader_Views 30 days ago
Reviewed by Jennifer Wilson for Reader Views (10/18) “Unreasonable Doubts” is an intelligently written novel by Reyna Marder Gentin that somewhat chronicles a year in the life of New York City public defender Liana Cohen as she endeavors to find true meaning in work, relationships, and self. What I thought would be a stereo-typical “lawyer novel” was more in-depth regarding the life and relationships of the lead character Liana Cohen. The focus of the novel wasn’t only the court case of Jennifer Nash vs Daniel Shea, although important. As the novel opens we meet Liana at a time in her life when she is pushing thirty and strongly questioning her place in the world, trying to mesh faith, work, and love. Liana is an Ivy League graduate with a handsome and successful boyfriend, Jakob, an apartment in an upscale neighborhood, and by everyone’s standards, a great job. However, her discontent is evident, at least to her co-workers. To spend one’s life essentially looking for ways to help criminals win their appeals is no longer appealing to Liana. She has lost the hope of finding and helping that one truly innocent client and making a tangible difference in the life of someone let down by the “system.” When it looks like making her quota is an impossibility, Liana’s friend and co-worker Deb hands her the case that may just change everything. Daniel Shea is not your ordinary criminal and his case proves to be anything but routine. He is articulate, intelligent, engaging, and, not least of all, Calvin Klein-model gorgeous. A combination that does not pair well with Liana’s already present disillusionment. Liana decides to throw everything she has into this case in the hopes that Danny Shea is the one true innocent in a sea of guilty clients. Will this case be the game-changer she hopes? As she researches for the upcoming appeal, learns of a dear friend’s illness and tries to figure out where exactly she fits into Jakob’s completely packed schedule, we see Liana struggle with what most of us face as we get older and our lives change. Growing up is hard, plain and simple. Learning whom to trust is hard. Figuring out whom you should not trust, is exceptionally hard. “Unreasonable Doubts” by Reyna Marder Gentin has some truly fantastic elements. The writing is great, and the characters flow well with the story. I would have loved a little more history on the character of Daniel Shea, however I can see why the author chose to leave some mystery there. There is something in this story for everyone, and if you are like I was, the ending is going to be worth the wait.