Thursday, September 27, 2012

First Chapter Review: Attorney Client Privilege by Pamela Samuels Young

This First Chapter Review is for a book I received from an author on tour with Pump Up Your Book. A full review will follow on October 15th.

BLURB: A brutal murder, missing documents and an unscrupulous opposing counsel lead attorney Vernetta Henderson on a quest for justice—and ultimately—revenge. The hotshot L.A. lawyer takes on a corporation with a long history of discriminating against women. While Vernetta simply wants justice for her clients, the corporation’s hired gun wants to win . . . and she doesn’t care how. On the home front, Vernetta’s infamous sidekick Special has finally found true love. But is the price more than she’s willing to pay?

COVER: If you've seen or read other books in the Vernetta Henderson series, you'll know this fits right in. What I think is a neat detail is that the woman is wearing white and black, and one arm is in the light, while the other is in shadows.

FIRST CHAPTER: Judi Irving works for Big Buy, the largest discount chain in California. She and two co-workers have opted to seek legal action against the chain with a long history of discriminating against women. Once attorney Vernetta Henderson is done with her current case, she will be pursing theirs.

On a more personal level, Judi is having issues with her boyfriend, a starving-actor who she thinks is cheating on her. He's also pressuring her to drop the lawsuit. As the TV pitchman for Big Buy stores, he's afraid the suit might ruin his career. After an argument, Phillip storms out, leaving Judi alone for hours and making her easy prey.

KEEP READING: Even if I wasn't reviewing Attorney-Client Privilege for a virtual book tour, the tense first chapter would keep me reading. The story opens with Judi and one of her co-workers talking about the suit. Young has created three great characters by the end of the chapter:  Judi, Olivia (a co-worker), and Phillip. Judi is a sympathetic character from the start. She's being discriminated against, her ex-husband cheated on her and it looks like this new guy is too, and she's unsure of herself and if she really wants to go through with this lawsuit. Olivia is much more sure of herself and also believes they have God on their side. Phillip is not likable in the least. he's obviously sucking off Judi, who is several years older than he is.

The chapter ends with a cliffhanger, so you know you have to continue to see what happens next. This is the second Vernetta Henderson book I've received so far, and I like it even better than the first one.

Paperback: 396 pages
Publisher: Goldman House Publishing (June 9, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0981562795
ISBN-13: 978-0981562797
SRP: $16.99 (also available for Kindle)

I received a free copy of this book from the author or her representative. This first chapter review contains my honest opinions, for which I have not been compensated in any way.

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