The Holdout



The HoldoutIn 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 Docuseries Reassembles The Jurors, And Maya, Now A Defense Attorney, Must Prove Her Own Innocence When One Of Them Is Found Dead In Maya S Room

Graham Moore is aNew York Timesbestselling novelist and Academy Award winning screenwriterHis 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 THE LAST DAYS OF NIGHT was named one of the best books of the year by the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the American Library Association THE SHERLOCKIAN was nominated for an Anthony Award His third novel, THE HOLDOUT, will be published by Random House on February 18, 2020.Graham lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Caitlin, and their dog, Janet.

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  • Hardcover
  • 325 pages
  • The Holdout
  • Graham Moore
  • English
  • 17 September 2018
  • 039959177X

10 thoughts on “The Holdout

  1. Chelsea Humphrey says:

    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 socia 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 social justice issues such as racism and profiling will Clearly the author has some sort of experience in screen writing, and I can wholly see this being optioned for screen, a project I d be thrilled to watch Overall, this was a juicy, escapism type of read and I d recommend it to those looking for an exciting way to pass the time in 2020Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  2. Maureen says:

    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 hasn t been discovered, but that isn t going to stop this trial going ahead.There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and it s expected that Bobby Nock s 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 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 hasn t been discovered, but that isn t going to stop this trial going ahead.There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and it s expected that Bobby Nock s 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 a successful lawyer but she s also the prime suspect in the murder of one of the jurors after a reunion at the hotel in which they were sequestered during the trial.I think it s a case of the less you know, theinteresting you ll find this one As legal thrillers go it s pretty good, though I personally didn t identify with any of the characters for some reason Nevertheless this was a riveting read with twists and turns, and not least it was a cracking ending If you enjoy legal dramas then look no further Thank you to Netgalley and Orion Publishing group for my ARC in exchange for an honest unbiased review

  3. Paromjit says:

    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, Jes 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, Jessica Silver, the daughter of billionaire, Lou Silver There is no body, but the prosecution led by Ted Morningstar, think they have a slam dunk case with the evidence they present, only to find themselves being confounded As the trial sets to conclude, the jury, with the exception of Maya Seale, plan to deliver a guilty verdict Maya does not fall in with the others, instead she turns each juror so that Bobby Nock is found not guilty.However, each juror found themselves facing public and media excoriation for their controversial verdict, bringing with it notoriety and a raft of life changing consequences 10 years on, Maya is now a successful lawyer, a partner at Cantwell Myers, invited to a reunion of the original jury members at the same hotel they had all been sequestered in The Murder Town podcast team are turning the trial into a Netflix docuseries, in which Rick Leonard, one of the jury members, is planning to present incontrovertible evidence of how they all got it wrong and Bobby Nock was as guilty as sin A reluctant Maya attends, and in a narrative that goes back and forth in time, what happened at the original trial is slowly revealed, and in the present, the reunion kicks off a cycle of death and destruction that threatens to claim Maya as a victim.Moore writes a fast paced, intense and riveting legal drama, peppered with twists, underlining from a legal perspective, that often while the truth can be an accurate reflection of what occurs, it can prove to be a poor legal strategy, leaving defendents with the stark choice of the high likelihood of being found guilty if they tell the truth or have a better outcome by lying Whilst feeling ambivalent about the ending, I found this to be a highly entertaining read that touches on the serious issues of ethics, morality, race and justice, oraptly, injustice There are instances where a suspension of disbelief will be required, but otherwise this is an engaging legal thriller that I recommend Many thanks to Orion for an ARC

  4. Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    I LOVED IT I was so sure I ll 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 Lumet s masterpiece meets Beyond A Reasonable Doubt 1956, Fritz Lang s fantastic crime drama We have moving, dazzling, riveting reading I LOVED IT I was so sure I ll 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 Lumet s masterpiece meets Beyond A Reasonable Doubt 1956, Fritz Lang s fantastic crime drama We have moving, dazzling, riveting reading in our hands about not one but two murders or let s say one murder and one disappearance intercepted with one decade gap We go back and forth between two timelines to figure out So after finishing it, I m so happy that I m not disappointed It s smart, exciting court drama Legal thriller murder mystery that you cannot put it down You hardly figure out who is the bad guy because most of the characters are not easy to like including our ambitious, opportunist, smart lawyer Maya Seale, deal breaker, successful defense attorney, once upon a time juror and now she is also prime suspect of the murder On 2009, Bobby Nock, an African American high school teacher was accused to kill his wealthy white female student Jessica Her DNA is found at his car But her body hasn t been found So infamous 12 people gathered to decide his future and he was acquitted from first degree murder because one juror believes that he was not guilty and she convinced the other 11 But after the case, the other 11 still thought they made a mistake and blamed the one who still believed innocence of Bobby Nock That one juror s name is MAYA SEALE Our 12 angry jurors still try to move on their damaged lives when the date shows verdict s 10th year of the anniversary Even though Maya keeps her personal live secret, not to be traumatized by the reporters, she seized this life wrecking experience as an opportunity and became one of the best defense attorneys of the city and youngest partner of her firm But when she meets with Rick, another juror, she had also a secret affair during the trial And after the verdict, Rick wrote a book to smear Maya s reputation, holding vendetta against her Now he tells her, he make an agreement with production company about the docuseries of the trial and he found something crucial to change everything they knew He invites Maya to join with other 10 juror friends Maya rejects him at first but her boss forces him to do the interview for the production And when she goes to the hotel where is arranged for the production meeting, she gets alone with Rick to learnjuicy details and what he holds back but Rick denies to talk about it They fight She leaves to gather her wits When she comes back she finds Rick lying in a blood pool in her room This is not looking good for her situation Especially after their 10 years log feud, everybody can think she has a motive to get rid of him So who did kill Rick What did Rick find so crucial resulted with his dead Why Bobby Nock disappeared after being interviewed with Rick Could he kill both Nick and Jessica What all of the jurors were hiding from the beginning I m not gonna tellnot to giveclues But I can say that nothing as it seems and the conclusion of the mysteries are well crafted and satisfying The only thing bothered me was I hated the guts of the characters and I didn t empathize with none of them including Rick even though he was a victim, his obsession and his personal vendetta against Maya because she broke his heart was a little bit extreme So I m giving excellent, shiny, smart, heart throbbing, impeccably developed, high tensioned four stars I m thanking myself for not letting this book root at my pending category forever purgatory of NetGalley and rewarding myself doing something useful at my quarantine days Stay safe my friends Drinkbooze, readbooks, wash your hands, put distance to loved ones not to get angrier and punch them on the face I m planning to publish my locked up diaries on new blog Only 25 days old I ll keep you posted, looking forward your feed backs and comments bloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  5. JanB says:

    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, doesn t think so and he s 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 Maya s room and she 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, doesn t think so and he s 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 Maya s room and she is the prime suspect From here the story alternates between the still unsolved 10 year old case to the present day murder investigation.I expect to suspend some disbelief when I m reading fiction but there s a limit to my ability to do so before my eyes start to roll I was engaged for the first 50% but then the story took a turn I couldn t get behind, starting with a lawyer going rogue investigating her own case.I think the author had some thoughtful things to say about the justice system but the story would have benefited by tackling fewer social issues To compound the problem, the narrative was interrupted multiple times by preachy commentary I get that it s hard for authors to resist the impulse but I prefer the issues to be presented in anuanced manner that is integral to the story I found the ending to be convoluted and ridiculous.I prefer aliterary approach to police procedurals and courtroom dramas While I found this book to be the literary equivalent of a Lifetime movie, it might be an entertaining way to spend time on a long flight or an afternoon at the beach Many have enjoyed this bookthan I did so please check other reviews I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley All opinions are my own This was a buddy read with Marialyce For our duo review of this book and others please visit

  6. Felicia says:

    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.

  7. Holly B says:

    I m always drawn to legal thrillers and decided to give this one a go even with so many mixed reviews Glad I did because it was a nice distraction and I always looked forward to picking it up and seeing what mayhem would develop and it Always did.You get a murder case, a jury some behind the scenes deliberations, and lots of second guessing by most of the characters I did have issues with some of the plot and the many side stories going on, BUT nevertheless, I was still pulled into the I m always drawn to legal thrillers and decided to give this one a go even with so many mixed reviews Glad I did because it was a nice distraction and I always looked forward to picking it up and seeing what mayhem would develop and it Always did.You get a murder case, a jury some behind the scenes deliberations, and lots of second guessing by most of the characters I did have issues with some of the plot and the many side stories going on, BUT nevertheless, I was still pulled into the whole murder mystery and really had to know who did it Who did it Did the holdout get it right I couldn t stop until I found out.A solid four stars for me

  8. Ceecee says:

    This is an intriguing book that mostly keeps my interest throughout The start certainly catches your attention and let s just say it s 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 This is an intriguing book that mostly keeps my interest throughout The start certainly catches your attention and let s just say it s 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 guilty verdict but one juror, Maya Searle, is not convinced of guilt After days and days of debate and counter debate the jurors reach a not guilty verdict much to the outrage of the court of public opinion It s this element of the book I find most disturbing as public opinion ruins many of the jurors lives Ten years on, one juror believes he has irrefutable evidence of Nock s guilt and the jury reassemble for a TV programme What happens next is unexpected and twisty demonstrating that the trial sets of a chain reaction of catastrophic events with an impact similar to a runaway train The story is told in alternate storylines from each jurors perspective at the time of the trial and now, principally from Maya s point of view This works well for most of the book but I think that towards the end of the book the final remaining jurors stories do not seem so relevant There is a lot I like about this book The case is really interesting, the trial is fascinating if flawed and the juror dynamics is excellent I like the dialogue between Maya and the other jurors and it feels a bit like knights armed combat You get two mysteries for the price of one, the story unfolds really well with a feeling of suspense and tension and it feels a bit like a movie There are some really good twists,than one shocker and the end is very unexpected I like that the author makes you think long and hard about the jury system and how one person with a strong point of view can persuade others to change their minds However, whether you have a jury or judges you will always have opinion because we are human and our brains are wired that way My only reservations about the book lie with its length, it s a bit overlong and the end is rather convoluted Overall, though I did enjoy it as I like the concept, the characters are really interesting especially Maya and the law aspect is intriguing and thought provoking Thanks to NetGalley and Orion Publishing Group for the ARC Publication date in UK 20 2 20

  9. Liz says:

    I was a huge fan of The Last Days of Night, so I was curious to see what Moore would write next Don t look for another historical fiction, this book is a legal thriller But it s 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 g I was a huge fan of The Last Days of Night, so I was curious to see what Moore would write next Don t look for another historical fiction, this book is a legal thriller But it s 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 gestured around the room Do you think any of us were allowed to go back to real life Now, Rick Leonard, one of the jury members, has convinced a documentary series that he has new evidence that proves Bobby guilty The series gathers all the jury members together again And then, Rick is killed in Maya s hotel room Of course, the police think she must have killed him Once again, Moore s writing is very strong and makes excellent points about racial identity among other topics He also knows the legal system The start of the book, with Maya trying to get damning evidence excluded was equal parts hysterical and unnerving Like Maya during the murder trial, I found myself fascinated by the ins and outs of the law I could totally understand the frustration of not being able to share their beliefs about the trial with anyone, even the other jurors I would have lost my mind The book alternates between the current day and the time of the trial The present day is all told from Maya s perspective, but the past is told using a variety of different jurors The book deals with both mysteries was Bobby guilty and who killed Rick I was correct in my guess about one mystery but the other caught me totally off guard And there continue to be twists even after we knew the who part of the whodunit Yes, it s a little unbelievable at the end, but it works Our human psychology is on full display here the blame game in particular Also, how quickly alliances can be made and then fall apart I loved how Moore developed Maya as a character This is a well thought out mystery sure to entertain fans of Louise Penny and John Lescroat My thanks to netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book

  10. Larry H says:

    4.5 stars, rounded up.Graham Moore s latest book, The Holdout , is a pretty great legal thriller, one which I could totally see becoming a movie.Ten years ago the trial rocked the country A black teacher was on trial for murdering his white teenage student, the daughter of a prominent real estate developer in LA During the trial text messages hinted at an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and student.When the jury got together, all but one juror, Maya, were ready to convict Li 4.5 stars, rounded up.Graham Moore s latest book, The Holdout , is a pretty great legal thriller, one which I could totally see becoming a movie.Ten years ago the trial rocked the country A black teacher was on trial for murdering his white teenage student, the daughter of a prominent real estate developer in LA During the trial text messages hinted at an inappropriate relationship between the teacher and student.When the jury got together, all but one juror, Maya, were ready to convict Little by little, after weeks of deliberation and argument, she wore them down with her assessments and they voted to acquit the defendant The verdict and their participation in the jury changes their lives immeasurably You ever think about all the fucked up shit we end up doing because we tell ourselves we re helping Now, 10 years later, a true crime documentary is focused on the trial and brings the jury together, in the same hotel where they were once sequestered One juror is purported to have explosive new evidence And then another murder occurs, which sets off a high stakes race to find the truth, before someone else dies.I really enjoyed this book It switches between past and present, and looks at each of the jurors and how they came to their decision to acquit, as well as whatever secrets they might have been hiding There were lots of twists and turns in the plot, and while I had some suspicions about how things might resolve themselves, I was definitely surprised by some of what happened.While I didn t feel the book read like a movie, it certainly could be adapted into one, and that s not surprising considering the author is an Oscar winning screenwriter He wrote The Imitation Game But I felt Moore did a good job giving his characters depth as much as he crafted suspense.No objections to this legal thriller Dad joke Check out my list of the best books I read in 2019 at Check out my list of the best books of the decade at all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com.Follow me on Instagram at

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