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The Holdout by Graham Moore

The Holdout: One jury member changed the verdict. What if she was wrong?

Graham Moore

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2 reviews

Imprint: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 20 Feb 2020
ISBN: 9781409196792

One jury member changed the verdict. What if she was wrong? From the screenwriter of THE IMITATION GAME comes a knockout thriller that reads as 12 Angry Men meets Serial.

4 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
24 Feb 2020

"this is a lot of (silly, gripping) fun"

Maya managed to convince her fellow jurors that there was not enough evidence to convict Jessica’s teacher, Bobby Nock, of the crime, and he was judged not guilty – to the rage of Jessica’s parents, who all believe he did it, and the rest of the world. Now a podcast is planning a docuseries about the old case, and Maya’s been reluctantly ordered to get involved. Then one of the jury members winds up dead, and she becomes the prime suspect. Written in snappy chapters, and short, bullish sentences, this is a lot of (silly, gripping) fun.

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4 stars out of 5
23 Feb 2020

" he excels, too, at in-depth characterisation."

a beguilingly complex scenario combining a double legal thriller with a double whodunnit, as Maya has to turn detective to solve both murders — Rick’s, in order to stay out of jail, and the student’s, to nail the real killer at last. Moore’s background as a screenwriter might explain his accomplished plotting; but he excels, too, at in-depth characterisation.