Today’s my turn to share my thoughts on the blog tour for The Holdout by Graham Moore. Many thanks to Tracy Fenton for my blog tour invite and review copy of the book.
What’s this book about?
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?
The Holdout is an intriguing thriller, a courtroom drama that slowly sucks you in until you become completely involved in the action. I have always loved jury based thrillers as they deliver a cast of very different characters who would probably never normally come together otherwise and that mix usually proves to be very explosive indeed! So that’s exactly what happened in The Holdout. There is a dual timeline going on throughout which follows the jury members of a murder trial as they lead up to their verdict. Maya Seale bravely convinces the other jurors of the innocence of the accused but ten years later another juror wants to go over what they all did to “put right” what he considers to be a wrong decision by them all. But when he is found dead, Maya becomes a suspect herself.
I really enjoyed the courtroom scenes in The Holdout and the way in which we are gradually introduced to each juror, looking beyond the number given to them, to see their backstory. The relationship between Maya and Rick became a point of focus for my curiosity as I wondered how much it impacted on events both then and now. And as the book gathered speed, the final third threw up some very shocking twists indeed, none of which I had seen coming.
If you love a courtroom drama with a healthy bite of realism then The Holdout is definitely the book for you!
The Holdout is published by Orion and is out now.
Meet the author
Graham Moore is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Last Days of Nightand The Sherlockian, and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, which also won a Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. Moore was born in Chicago, received a BA in religious history from Columbia University in 2003, and now lives in Los Angeles.