The Holdout by Graham Moore

I’ve been on a roll this week and I finished The Holdout by Graham Moore in just two days.


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I picked The Holdout for my Book of the Month pick this month because it sounded so good. The Holdout is a legal thriller that follows several jurors from a case that took place ten years ago. They ended up giving a not guilty verdict but not everyone agrees with that.

In the present day, they’re coming together for a reunion of sorts, with one of the jurors claiming he has new information on the case. When he ends up dead in Maya’s room at the hotel there’s a new crime to be solved, who killed Rick?

I really liked this book. It was a quick read, as we spend most of the time in the present trying to figure out what happened to Rick and what actually happened in the original case. There isn’t a ton of time spent in the courtroom, which I had hoped for more of in this legal thriller, but I still had a good time reading it.

The Holdout would be great if you’re looking for a mystery that makes you feel like your watching one of your favorite crime shows.

There is swearing (f word multiple times) and some fade to black sex scenes, but it’s not really steamy.

I gave The Holdout 4-5 stars. I’m still deciding. I really enjoyed reading it, but something was missing, It was entertaining though, which is exactly what I was looking for.

About The Holdout

In this twisty tale from Moore (The Sherlockian), the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room.

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