A fast-paced thriller, The TimeKeepers plunges headlong into the depraved underbelly of Big Law and big money where greed is king, murder is incidental, and winning is the only thing that matters. Attorney Sarah Brockman is young, idealistic, and naIve. Having left Big Law in search of work that would make a difference, she finds herself barely scraping by running her own personal injury law firm working for clients who can’t pay and pursuing causes she can’t win. Then a random horrific car crash shatters everything. Now she’s staring into the darkest shadows of the very system she’s dedicated her life to upholding, filled with corrupt judges, dirty cops and attorneys, offshore banking, massive fraud, and twists and turns through the highways and byways of Southern California, Mexico and the Cook Islands. Facing off against a cunning and deranged adversary, Sarah is aided by a sharp-witted socialite, a felon and occasional crackhead, and a shameless Mexican raconteur. All while kindling a tender romance with Sam, her boyishly handsome new love, who has been following the same trail but from the other end–and the wrong side of the law. Sarah feels invisible strings pulling her ever closer to the core of the conspiracy. But if she’s just a pawn in someone else’s game, are the strings being pulled for good or for bad? Or, even, both? And will she be on the side that wins?
I was immediately drawn to read this book, The TimeKeepers by Jenn Bregman, for several reasons: (1) the story is about lawyers and lawfirms (I’ve worked for lawyers and law firms for nearly 30 years); (2) I loved the cover; and (3) I had never heard of the author and I was curious about her since I love thrillers.
Now that I’ve finally read the book, I’ll tell you that I am glad I followed my instinct. The TimeKeepers is very surprisingly a debut novel by Jenn Bregman, and it’s a “legal thriller” you won’t want to miss!
The protagonist of the story is the young and naïve attorney, Sarah Brockman, who has left a two-year career as a litigation associate in a large California firm because she wanted to do work that would “make a difference”. She sets up her own practice focusing on representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases, but finds herself barely making enough money because her clients just can’t pay.
Then everything in Sarah’s life is shattered when there’s a horrible car accident that opens the door to corrupt judges, dirty cops and attorneys, fraud, and other twists and turns that you just don’t expect. Along the way, Sarah has a budding romance with a lawyer working on the wrong side of the law, Sam, who happens to be following the same trail as Sarah but for different reasons.
It’s always pretty hard to write a review about a thriller of any kind without doing any kind of spoiler, so I’ll try to be very tight-lipped here but I will say this: The TimeKeepers has a very riveting plot, the writing is great, the characters are well-written and fascinating, and last but not least, there’s also a little bit of romance.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jenn Bregman is a white-collar criminal defense lawyer who has practiced in both Los Angeles and New York City, where she worked on some of the most notorious cases of our time. A veteran of Big Law and a graduate of the University of Denver and UCLA Law School, her writing has been published in the UCLA Law Review and Los Angeles Lawyer magazine. A marathoner who loves pugs and hiking giant mountains, Bregman lives in Los Angeles and is a member of the State Bar of California, the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, California Women Lawyers, Gamma Phi Beta, and Mensa. The TimeKeepers is her first novel, with a sequel planned for release in 2018.
When not writing, Jenn is an adventurer and explorer who loves to travel, ski, run marathons, scuba dive, and hike giant mountains, having summited 14,265 foot Quandary Peak in Colorado and “reverse summited” the Grand Canyon. She loves her dashing husband, her, oh, so busy, five year old twin boys, family, friends, and dogs (especially pugs). She enjoys music, especially Adele, Sia, the Pentatonix, and classical music, and remains a die-hard Broncos fan – which is definitely easier some years than others. She is a member of the State Bar of California, California Women Lawyers, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Gamma Phi Beta, and Mensa.
I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from Triborough Publishing in exchange for this post. I was not required to post a positive review, but I chose to do so because I enjoyed the book! Thanks so much!