The Holdout by Graham Moore
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Expected publication: February 18th 2020 by Random House Publishing Group
About the Book:
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 one of those books that just captures your interest from the first page and four hours later you look up and have forgotten to eat dinner. The personalities of the jurors and their reaction to each other and the facts of the case make this a page turner. I loved the format of now and then as well as getting the perspective of each of the major players.
Well written, the characters are well developed and diverse, and most are unlikable. The politics of police, the DA etc. enter into the story, as does racial bias. There are twists and turns. It has a really good plot and writing and will be enjoyable to those readers who like courtroom dramas as well as those who are into a good mystery. Definitely deserving of four stars.
Thank you NetGalley, Graham Moore and Random House Publishing Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.
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