Hello! Today I’m pleased to welcome you to JuliaPalooza for my stop on the Blog Tour for The Holdout by Graham Moore, which is available TODAY (links below).
About the book
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?
The Holdout is an intriguing legal mystery which starts with an eye-opening scene that brings our lead character, lawyer Maya Seale – her job, her skills, her personality – clearly to life in a few short sentences.
The mystery at the heart of the book – whether Maya was right or wrong ten years ago – is eclipsed by a shocking new murder and both storylines make this book compelling reading.
For a while Graham Moore keeps his cards close to his chest, drip feeding you information. For the most part this makes the book all the more compelling but occasionally I felt some information came too late and I had been feeling like I’d missed something.
I couldn’t help that parts of The Holdout made me think of the OJ Simpson trial or at least the excellent TV dramatisation: the sequestered jury, the crazy media coverage, the crucial discussions about race and racism and the knock on impact on the lives of everyone involved.
If you are looking for a legal mystery with a complex female protagonist, a look at the desperate lengths to which some people can be pushed and a debate about class prejudices, race and racism in 21st Century America, then I recommend The Holdout.
With thanks to Orion for the ARC of The Holdout and Tracy Fenton for my spot on the tour.
About the Blog Tour
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