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 ...more
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. **
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
When this Graham Moore novel crossed my radar, I could not help but be interested to see how he’d 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 ...more
But what Maya Seale got wasn’t quite fame, it was INFAMY. Not convinced of Bobby Nock’s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, she ...more
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. It’s the second novel I’ve read this past year focused on the dynamics between jury members. In this case, the story is told from Maya’s 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 she’s invited to a reunion of all ...more
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 ...more
Ah, the dread when that envelope shows up in your mailbox that you’ve been selected to show up for jury duty. I’ve been summoned several times, but I’ve never served on a jury. After reading this book, I don’t think I want to, especially not a high profile, drawn out case!!
I didn’t 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 ...more
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 don’t 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 ...more
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 anyone’s opinion but her own.
Told in two alternating timelines, ...more
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 ...more
What happens with this jury? It’s interesting to find out!
They made a decision, only to face harassment by the public and be left wondering years later if they made a mistake. When the jurors gather 10 years later for a reunion, one juror ...more
Best legal thriller ever.
There is no way this does not make the Goodreads Choice Awards. There is no way this does not get made into a movie or, more likely, a Netflix miniseries.
I devoured this book and you will too.
Well written, the characters are well developed and diverse, and most are unlikable. The politics of police, the DA etc. enter into ...more
It is no surprise that Graham Moore is a screenwriter. In this propulsive plot-driven narrative, there are many cinematic scenes and I could easily visualize how the story could be transported to the big screen.
After all, the premise is compelling: a young woman named Maya is a juror on a sensationalistic trial: a beautiful teenage heiress has been reportedly murdered by her black high school teacher, with whom she may have had an affair. Everyone thinks he indeed is the murderer. Except for ...more
The eponymous “holdout” is Maya Seale, a defense attorney who once was the lone “holdout” in a high profile murder trial. The acquittal of the suspect was loudly condemned by the public (think of the Casey Anthony case in 2008). ...more
By: Graham Moore
A fast paced thriller that I could not put down. Imagine having jury duty and having to decide if one is innocent or guilty of murder! Bobby Nock, a young African American teacher who is on trial for killing Jessica his student. Jessica is white and her dad is a billionaire.
To complicate matters as a juror you have to deal with drama, secrets, lies and betrayal of the other jurors.
Maya Seale is on the jury and appears to go against everyone else’s opinion. She ...more
Maya and 11 other jurors are reconvening after a controversial verdict 10 years prior. Rick a fellow juror is convinced that they made a ...more
The high school daughter of a rich man disappears and is presumed dead. Her teacher, a black man, is ...more
"When the villains are so clear, we can tuck ourselves into bed at night knowing that we're nothing like them. But what if it's not so clear?"~from The Holdout by Graham Moore
The jury from a notorious murder trial is brought together by a reality television show. The trial of a black teacher accused of murdering his white teenage student looked like a sure verdict until Maya channeled 12 Angry Men to turn the guilty votes to not guilty. The experience motivated Maya to become a lawyer.
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.