The Holdout by Graham Moore #BookReview #Orion #NetGalley #5*

 

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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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Gripping & Thrilling!      stars 5

 

This is the first novel I’ve read by Graham Moore and it’s both gripping and thrilling!

Told partly in the present, and partly from a decade ago, this is the story of the jurors in a murder trial; what occurs now is inexplicably connected to what happened then – and it makes rather fine reading! As the one juror who believed the accused’s innocence, Maya Seale managed to convince eleven people who considered him guilty to reverse their decision and release the defendant. Ten years on, Maya is a top lawyer, successful in her career until the case from the past rears it’s ugly head again . . .

What a story! Wrapped up tightly, this unravels slowly as we get to know everything about Maya’s past and how it relates to the present. Raising questions of racism amongst others, this is an intrinsically complicated tale which, with skilled writing, comes across so easily! It grabbed my attention from the very first and kept me fascinated until the very end. There is so much that I never saw coming but, in all honesty, I was so invested in events that I just never thought about things. A marvellously complete story, beautifully written and I will definitely be on the lookout for more from this author. A cracking thriller, highly recommended and one I consider fully worthy of all five sparkling stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

 

Tags: suspense thriller
  • Format: ebook, paperback, hardcover, audiobook
  • Size: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Date: 18 February 2020
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Author Bio

 

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Graham is a New York Times bestselling novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. His screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME won the Academy Award and WGA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

His Novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages. THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Graham lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Caitlin, and their dog, Janet.

 

Social Media

Website: mrgrahammoore.com

Twitter: @MrGrahamMoore

Facebook: @GrahamMooreWriter

 

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