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The Holdout

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,858 ratings  ·  1,139 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published February 20th 2020 by Orion (first published February 18th 2020)
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Chelsea Humphrey
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Chelsea by: Random House Reader's Circle (RHRC)
BOTM pick for February 2020!

This will be a short review, because the less you know about this book going in the better, but what a wild ride! While some parts of the plot were a bit far-fetched and reaching at times, it didn't cause my interest to wane, and if you can suspend the need for 100% believability, I think you'll enjoy this book as much as I did. We get two mysteries for the price of one in this book, and if that kind of a bargain doesn't sell you, then perhaps the exploration of
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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25 year old black teacher Bobby Nock, is on trial for killing white 15 year old pupil Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion dollar fortune. Her body hasnt been discovered, but that isnt going to stop this trial going ahead.

There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and its expected that Bobby Nocks conviction is a foregone conclusion - that is until jury member Maya Seale manages to persuade the other jury members to vote not guilty.

Fast forward 10 years, and Maya is now
Graham Moore's legal thriller is a compulsive and enthralling novel, based in Los Angeles, that points out many of the shortfalls of the justice system, from law enforcement, media intensity and social media, right through to the court trial and the jury system. Moore exposes the multiple ways that society throughout its racist judicial system stacks the cards against black defendants. In 2009, 25 year old black music teacher, Bobby Nock, is on trial for the murder of 15 year old schoolgirl, ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I was so sure Ill love this book:

Facts: We have an Oscar winner script writer of Imitation Games on the board, still developing three other scripts to produce including this book! (Yes, I cannot wait! With an impressive casting, this will be killer movie!)

We have legal drama dances with whodunit murder mystery, 12 angry men(1957, Sidney Lumets masterpiece) meets Beyond A Reasonable Doubt(1956, Fritz Langs fantastic crime drama).

We have moving, dazzling, riveting reading in our
Ten years ago, Maya, the lone holdout on a jury, convinced 11 of her fellow jurors to acquit a black teacher accused of murdering his white teenage student. Was justice served?

One juror, Rick, doesnt think so and hes written a book holding Maya responsible for letting a guilty man go free. He hints that he has a new evidence and 10 years post-trial, on the eve of a documentary about the case, the jury reassembles. On the first night of their reunion a juror is found dead in Mayas room and she is
DNF @ 51%

I just can't finish this one.

Maybe it's the third person narrative, I don't know, but I'm so disconnected from this book that my red low-battery icon has been showing since around 20% into it.

Don't let me discourage you from picking it up, different books for different fry cooks, amiright? ... sorry, that's all I could come up with *sees myself out*.

** I was provided an ARC by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing book that mostly keeps my interest throughout. The start certainly catches your attention and lets just say its a head turner! Ten years ago Jessica Silver, daughter of wealthy Lou Silver, goes missing and her body never found. Her teacher Bobby Nock is eventually charged with her murder and the case goes to trial. The evidence against Nock is not overwhelming but is suggestive and one things for sure, the trial is an absolute shambles. The jurors are expected to return a ...more
Oct 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was a huge fan of The Last Days of Night, so I was curious to see what Moore would write next. Dont look for another historical fiction, this book is a legal thriller. But its equally as good.

Ten years ago, Maya Seale convinced her fellow jury members to acquit Bobby Nock for the murder of Jennifer Silver. The question being was he guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. As so often happens, the court of public opinion thought the jury got it wrong and each jury member suffered the fallout. He
Elyse  Walters
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I just finished this audiobook while sweating in the sauna.... and I am now speaking into the phone while soaking in the pool.

Anyone who hangs around Goodreads has at least seen this book..... with the eye-catching cover..... so I figure there are plenty of reviews covering many points of views from other readers -
one more from me describing the plot or naming the key characters is kinda unnecessary.

So instead, Ill add some of my thoughts:
.....I was hoping Id like it as much as The Body of
Diane S ☔
They decided to serve because, supposedly, it was their Civic duty. The trial that of a young, black teacher who is accused of murdering his white student. The motive is that they were having an affair and she was going to tell. Problem is there is no body. This trial would change all their lives

Written as a made for tv mini series, this dialogue laden novel requires a certain suspension of belief. Is it possible for all these jurors to have facts that they withheld from the court? Would a
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Graham Moore and Random House for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review.

When this Graham Moore novel crossed my radar, I could not help but be interested to see how hed spin this story about a jury faced with a murder trial. The book ended up being so much more, perfect for those who love a good legal drama with a mystery mixed into the plot. Maya Seale is a successful criminal

3.5 stars

In 2009, 25-year-old high school music teacher Bobby Nock was tried for the murder of his 15-year-old student Jessica Silver.

When Jessica - the daughter of billionaire Lou Silver - disappeared, the police found sexy text messages between herself and Nock and found traces of Jessica's blood in Nock's car.

The fact that Nock was black and Jessica was white exacerbated matters, and the teacher was quickly arrested and prosecuted.

Maya Seale was one of a diverse bag of jurors at Nock's
Katie B
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

Held my interest and although I have some mixed feelings with some of the stuff at the end, overall this was a good read. It was almost like I was getting two mysteries for the price of one as the story alternated between the jury trial from ten years ago as well the murder that occurred in the present time.

Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, vanished ten years ago. The case made national news as her family has money, lots of it. Jessica's teacher, Bobby Nock, a twenty-five-year-old

I don't want to alarm anybody, but the February BOTM selections are up.

This was my selection and I am freaking excited about it!!

Go and get 'em, people!!!!

Some books and their authors believe they have to cram every bit of information into their stories. While often it works well, in this book it seemed to muddle some really important concepts and ideas.

Ten years ago, Maya Seale, sat on a jury and was the instrumental force in the way the verdict was determined. Spurred on by her experience as a juror, Maya becomes a criminal defense attorney. However, her world is about to be rocked as a show, driven on and assisted by one of the former jurors,
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a juror on a high profile murder case has got to be a thrill ride and a half: looking at the bloody evidence and weighing witness statements, the savage craziness of the media interest, then finally getting to decide the fate of a man charged with murder. Its got to be just like tv, right? Exciting. Maybe even a shot at your own fame 15 minutes or otherwise.

But what Maya Seale got wasnt quite fame, it was INFAMY. Not convinced of Bobby Nocks guilt beyond reasonable doubt, she campaigned
While I am reading a book I usually take notes to remind myself of both positive and negative things that stand out about a book. This time, I didnt make a single note. I didnt dislike the book, but it just didnt make much of an impression on me. It wasnt suspenseful, the characters werent likable, there were huge ethical lapses and the ending didnt satisfy me at all. So I guess thats my impression. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher. ...more
Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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It appears, as of 6 days ago, that Hulu has purchased the rights to The Holdout...looks like we'll be seeing Maya and the gang on the television before long.

This story is a two-fer; the reader gets two murder mysteries in one novel. Unfortunately, both felt superficial. Touching on topics such as racism, the power of the media, and juror misconduct, again, Graham Moore just skimmed the surface of topics that deserve significantly more depth.

Narrated primarily by Maya, but with flashbacks to
Mandy White
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love a good legal thriller! The Holdout is a much talked about book in the blogging world and I am happy to say that it did not disappoint. It is a fast paced and an exciting story that will keep you turning those pages well past your bedtime so be warned. It certainly will keep you guessing right until the last few pages and I love that in a book. The only part that I wasn't too keen on was the way that the ending seemed rushed. So much happened in the last 50 pages or so and I feel that it ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Holdout started off strong and then lost a bit of its edge. It was still a good read, but not as good as it seemed to promise at the beginning. Its the second novel Ive read this past year focused on the dynamics between jury members. In this case, the story is told from Mayas perspective in two timelines. Maya sat on a jury that acquitted a young teacher accused of murdering his teenage student. Ten years later, Maya is a criminal defence lawyer, and shes invited to a reunion of all the
Julie Griffith Buckley
When Maya Seale is called up for jury duty ten years ago, she had no idea that it would change her life forever. Bobby Nock, a black English teacher, was on trial for the murder of his white, teenage, student, Jessica Silver. Bobby was accused of having a sexual relationship with Jessica, allegedly borne out by text messages on their phones. After a lengthy trial, during which the jury was sequestered, Maya was, at first, the only juror who voted to find Bobby not guilty. She then persuaded the ...more
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unexpected and thought-provoking!

2009: Fifteen year old heiress Jessica Silver has disappeared on her way home from school and the suspect is her African-American teacher, twenty-five year old, Bobby Nock. It looks to be an open and shut case, until one juror, Maya Seale, not only holds out, but manages to sway all of the eleven other jurors to change their mind.

Their controversial verdict of not guilty will alter their lives forever.

The Present: Murder Town is going to do a TV adaptation of
Martie Nees Record
Genre: Mystery & Thrillers
Publisher: Random House
Pub. Date: Feb. 18, 2020

Let me start off by saying I was surprised that I was disappointed in this book. Not because other reviewers gave Holdout five stars. (I dont actually read other reviews on a book until I have finished my own to ensure that I am not influenced. But, I do check out the stars). The discrepancy between my review and others did not surprise me, because I often disagree with my peers. I was surprised to be disappointed
Denise Reed
This was my February BOTM, and while I love courtroom dramas and legal thrillers, this one completely missed the mark for me.

One of the recurring themes in reviews of this book is that "if you can suspend believability, this is a great read...." Often times I can suspend believability and thoroughly enjoy a book, especially when it's a subject on which I have limited knowledge; however, when it comes to courtroom procedures (which are pretty cut and dry with not a lot of variables), I should
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 courtroom jury stars

Ah, the dread when that envelope shows up in your mailbox that youve been selected to show up for jury duty. Ive been summoned several times, but Ive never served on a jury. After reading this book, I dont think I want to, especially not a high profile, drawn out case!!

I didnt realize that this author wrote the screenplay for The Imitation Game fabulous movie! Knowing that now, I can see how this book almost seems like it was made for the big screen. This one was the
Elle Rudy
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I had a really good time reading The Holdout. Sometimes I feel like were barraged with thrillers and its hard to pick one to read next based off of a blurb and hundreds of similarly-styled covers. I dont remember why I ended up picking this one, but Im glad I did. Here is a twisty legal thriller about the murder of a white teenage girl (of course), but with a lot more self-awareness than Ive come to expect from the genre.

Jessica Silver is the 15-year-old daughter of a billionaire who has
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you, NetGalley and Random House for the ARC of this interesting thought provoking mystery/courtroom drama in return for an honest review. I had read and enjoyed The Last Days of Night, and learned the author was also the screenwriter for the excellent Imitation Game.

I regret that I am in the minority here, as I found the secondary characters one-dimensional. The protagonist, Maya, I thought annoying with little regard for anyones opinion but her own.

Told in two alternating timelines,
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated!

Potential spoilers ahead. Not really any details, but about the structure of the plot after the big reveal. Be warned!

This book was hard to put down and had a great story, with the past and the present intertwining into one big ball of mystery. I think my only complaint was that the biggest twist wasn't entirely unpredictable, and right after the reveal the book just
Karen Rush
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 rounded up. Jurors of an old high-profile and controversial murder case have been brought together ten years later to be part of a Netflix docuseries spurred on by one of the jurors, Rick Leonard who previously published a book about the experience, claiming an unjust verdict and has come across some new explosive information. Unfortunately, shortly after rallying together all of the other case jurists, he shows up dead. Mystery ensues with suspicion cast on a number of suspects. A decent ...more
Liz Barnsley
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly entertaining really very clever book in the end, especially given all the influences I thought about whilst reading this were referenced by the author himself later in the book...And used to really good effect within the resolution.

Kind of thought provoking too a book with a moral dilemma at the heart of it wrapped up in a mystery element that is very intriguing.

Great pace, plotting and addictive quality with engaging eclectic characters and a what would you do vibe that'll keep
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Graham Moore 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 in 2015 and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe.

His first two novels, THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT (2016) and THE SHERLOCKIAN (2010), were published in 24 countries and translated into 19 languages.


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