December 25, 2019

#BookReview: The Holdout by Graham Moore






Synopsis: 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 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. 



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About the Book: Graham Moore is the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Days of Night and The Sherlockian, and the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, which also won a Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay and was nominated for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. Moore was born in Chicago, received a BA in religious history from Columbia University in 2003, and now lives in Los Angeles.

Rating: ★
My Review: This one just wasn't for me in any way.  I ended up reading only about 75 pages of this one before I had to put it down.  I am not sure if it was the third person POV or just the story itself.  I am not really sure what to say about this one. Other than that if you see this one and you think it might be for you go ahead and check it out.  






“Plunge a syringe filled with adrenaline into the heart of Twelve Angry Men and you’ve got The Holdout. But Graham Moore’s novel is so much more than exhilarating courtroom blood sport: it’s a provocative, urgent inquiry into American justice (and injustice) in the twenty-first century; it’s a witty battle of the sexes; it’s a compassionate character study; it’s a fiendishly slippery game of cat-and-mouse suspense. The Holdout will astonish you. It sure as hell astonished me.”—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
“Wow! I loved The Holdout, in which author Graham Moore does the impossible, creating a page-turning legal thriller with a twisty and absolutely riveting plot, as well as raising profound and thought-provoking questions about the jury system and modern justice. All that, plus a strong and compelling female heroine in lawyer Maya Seale, whom you’ll root for as the tables turn against her and she finds herself behind bars, with everything on the line. You won’t be able to put this one down!”—Lisa Scottoline, #1 bestselling author of Someone Knows

“Graham Moore’s heart beats on every page of The Holdout, a murder trial as only he could have written it: secrets and lies, mysteries upon mysteries, and a cast of characters each with their own dubious motives. This is a tense, emotionally charged, scary-good, standout read that hooked me till the last page.”—Caroline Kepnes, author of You

“The most gripping and satisfying thriller I’ve read in more than a decade.”—Sophie Hannah, New York Times bestselling author of The Monogram Murders

“This stellar novel from bestseller [Graham] Moore takes a searing look at the U.S. justice system, media scrutiny, and racism. . . . Moore has set a new standard for legal thrillers.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[A] stemwinder of a murder mystery wrapped in a legal thriller . . . The story is gripping, and the pace is furious.”Booklist

“Quite the tour de force! Twelve Angry Men meets Chinatown and creates something of its own.”—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes

“Clever, well-written, and twistier than a can of Silly String. You absolutely need to read The Holdout! I could not put it down.”—Emma Kavanagh, author of To Catch a Killer









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