#Blogtour #Review: The Holdout by Graham Moore @MrGrahamMoore @orionbooks @Tr4cyF3nt0n #TheHoldout #thriller #legalthriller
Release date - 18th February 2020
Book length - 336 pages
Publisher - Orion
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I want to thank Tracy from www.compulsivereaders.com for the opportunity to take part in this blog tour and for providing me with an e-copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
ABOUT THIS 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?
A legal thriller that will keep you guessing from the very beginning, I enjoyed THE HOLDOUT by Graham Moore which raises many questions about the legal system and racial prejudice that is built into that system.
When fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, a wealthy white heiress, disappears into thin air, it isn't long before the police have arrested and charged her teacher, Bobby Nock, a young, black man, even though no body has been discovered. According to the authorities they have caught their killer and they expect the trial to be a quick and easy 'guilty' all round. But when Maya Seale, a woman on the jury, questions many parts of the case and actually manages to convince the other jurors of Nock's innocence, a 'not guilty' is brought back to the courtroom.
Fast-forward ten years and the jurors are gathering together to reconnect and to question whether or not they made the right decision all those years ago. But when a dead body is discovered, everyone seems to be pointing the finger at Maya. Somebody is out to get her and is determined to make her pay for her choices in the past.
I have always enjoyed legal thrillers and this one was no different. Maya is a clever and intelligent main character and as the narrative switches from past to present, I was able to get a good handle on her as a person. There are two stories happening simultaneously - the disappearance of Jessica over ten years ago and who was guilty, and the current situation where there is a dead body and Maya is the main suspect. The problem of racial discrimination in the justice system is portrayed well throughout and makes you stop and think about the reality of what that means to so many people.
With plenty of tension and drama, THE HOLDOUT by Graham Moore is sure to please all legal thriller fans and I will definitely read more from this 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.
For more information:
Website - mrgrahammoore.com
Twitter - twitter.com/MrGrahamMoore
Facebook - www.facebook.com/GrahamMooreWriter/
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