The Holdout – Graham Moore

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?

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Review

As soon as this book was announced, there was a bit of a twitter storm! Excitement levels were peaked! I’m so pleased that I got to be a chance of the Blog Tour!

I knew from the second I opened the book that I was going to love it. The intrigue in the first chapter alone is more than a lot of books have in total!

As someone who would love to do jury duty (or thought I would before reading this!) I found those scenes very interesting. The fact that the lines blur between fact and fiction, what happened and feeling is masterfully explored. It’s very clever writing.

I thought each character was brilliantly brought to life on the page, and each was very believable. We are introduced to Maya very early on, and I felt a real affinity with her.

I found this a difficult review because I have tried so hard not to give any of the well plotted story away! All I will say is, with sharp writing and twists and turns, this books hurtled me along. I couldn’t put it down (that old trope!)

Thanks to Tracy for having me!

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Graham Moore is the New York Timesbestselling author of The Last Days of Night and 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.

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