Unscripted

Reviewed by:

G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, IN.

Title:

Unscripted

Author:

Davis Bunn

Publisher:

Revell

Publication Date:

October 2019

Format:

Paperback

Length:

368 pages

OVERVIEW

Danny Byrd was well on his way to becoming one of the hot new producers in Hollywood. Megan Pierce has worked harder than anyone else to become a top Los Angeles entertainment lawyer. When Danny’s lifelong friend and business partner ran off with his money, Danny ends up in jail until a mysterious client hires Megan to get him out. With Megan as his new attorney, Danny starts a new film project that just may save his career but someone’s doing everything possible to ruin him before it gets off the ground. If that’s not enough, his work with Megan draws them closer to each other than they ever expected.

Bunn cleverly captures the closed-door meetings, selfishness and machinations that go on in Hollywood, from the producers trying to sink each others’ projects to the lawyers who charge as much as possible to help them. When the story transitions to describe the film Danny and Megan try to make, he perfectly captures the negotiations and semi-controlled mayhem that happen on a film set. These elements create great tension as Danny and Megan try to unravel the mystery of who’s trying to damage their work.

Even though these mystery elements take center stage in the story, the inner battles Danny and Megan face as they deal with their past demons and consider how they feel about each other turn out to be equally compelling. A fascinating thriller about life, love and redemption in the entertainment industry.

ASSESSMENT

Rating (1 to 5 stars)

5 out of 5 stars

Intended Audience

Readers who like legal thrillers and tales about people who bounce back against overwhelming odds, as well as anyone interested in stories about Hollywood.

Christian Impact

Danny’s search for what to do after his life falls apart and Megan’s parallel search for meaning after she gets sick of her amoral colleagues provide challenging lessons about finding purpose in life, and what to do when a chance for redemption comes along.

About Cecelia Carey

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