I’m pleased to welcome you today to my stop on the blog tour for legal thriller The Holdout by Graham Moore. Thank you to Tracy Fenton and Orion Books for giving me the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
About the book:
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?
About the author:
Graham Moore is the New York Times bestselling 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.
I don’t read courtroom dramas very often, but I’m so glad I decided to read The Holdout by Graham Moore. A compulsive, very readable and fast paced legal thriller that kept me turning pages long into the night, this is a book that kept me on my toes throughout.
Ten years ago Maya Seale was a crucial part of the jury that cleared teacher, Bobby Nock, of the murder of fifteen year old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion dollar fortune. But now one of the jurors has been found dead… and Maya is the prime suspect. And any one of the other ten jurors could be the real killer. Is Maya about to pay the ultimate price for her decision all those years ago?
What follows is a gripping tale that once started you will not want to put down. I liked Maya from the outset, a strong, independent woman who had become a defence lawyer, making a place for herself in what is, without a doubt, a brutal and cutthroat world. But now the life she has built for herself has come crashing down, leaving her fighting for both her freedom and her life.
The Holdout is an entertaining legal thriller, with a complex plot that will keep you guessing throughout. Cleverly told between two separate timelines, this superb thriller is full of twists and turns that ratchet up the tension as the story moves towards its thrilling conclusion. I love a book that has the ability to surprise and this book did just that!
Graham Moore’s background in screenwriting is clear to see throughout this book, and I would not be surprised to see The Holdout adapted for either TV or film in the future. A fascinating, well written book that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend.
The Holdout by Graham Moore is available to buy now: Amazon UK
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