Title: The Holdout by Graham Moore
Date Published: 20th February 2020
Genre: Legal Thriller
One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong?
‘Ten years ago we made a decision together…’
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. It’s an open and shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed.
Until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.
Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.
The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?
I want to thank Tracy Fenton for inviting me on this blog tour and Orion for providing me with a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to start this by saying I don’t read a whole lot of legal thrillers, but I was intrigued by the blurb I thought I’d give The Holdout a go.
Maya Searle was the only holdout in the high profile trial of Bobby Nock. She managed to convince the other jurors to acquit him. But was she right?
Ten years later they gather on the anniversary of the trial and one of the other jurors ends up dead with Maya as the prime suspect. Can she figure out who the killer is and spare herself from jail?
The Holdout is a taut and tense legal thriller, showing how one decision can change a person’s life for better or for worse.
There were some instances throughout the novel which were quite thought provoking, providing a social commentary on with race, prejudice and the issues within the legal system itself.
Maya was an interesting main character. Before the trial she had no direction, a bit naive perhaps. After she’s turned on by pretty much everyone and left out to dry by her fellow jurors. To everyone’s surprise she becomes a defense lawyer, toughened by her experience and a real determination to find the truth no matter what.
I enjoyed the fact we didn’t know if Maya and the rest of the jurors made the right decision or not right up until the very end.
I did wish that maybe there were a few less POV’s as some of them feel a little flat compared to others.
The Holdout is a fascinating and complex novel that will keep you on your toes throughout.
About The Author:
Graham Moore is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter.
His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.
His first two novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages. THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Library Association. THE SHERLOCKIAN was nominated for an Anthony Award. His third novel, THE HOLDOUT, will be published by Random House on February 18, 2020.
Graham lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Caitlin, and their dog, Janet.