[Reading] ➬ The Holdout ➳ Graham Moore – Aeroplanes.se
A thoroughly entertaining really very clever book in the end, especially given all the influences I thought about whilst reading this were referenced by the author himself later in the bookAnd used to really good effect within the resolution.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 this novel in your head after reading.Really very good indeed Fuller review near publication. Being a juror on a high profile murder case has got to be a thrill ride and a half looking at the bloody evidence and weighing witness statements, the savage craziness of the media interest, then finally getting to decide the fate of a man charged with murder It s got to be just like tv, right Exciting Maybe even a shot at your own fame 15 minutes or otherwise.But what Maya Seale got wasn t quite fame, it was INFAMY Not convinced of Bobby Nock s guilt beyond reasonable doubt, she campaigned for a Not Guilty verdict and eventually persuaded, or wore down, all the other jurors The result was spectacularly unpopular, provoking uproar in both the courtroom and the real world, and changing the jurors lives forever Now it s 10 years later and they re back together again Apparently there s new evidence to consider and questions to be asked Everyone wants to know if they got it wrong But when one juror ends up dead, it looks like someone s willing to kill to keep their secrets buried for good You can tell the author has screenwriting experience, The Holdout would be well served as a slick tv series or film Nevertheless, this is a surprisingly issue led book for something that s also a hell of a lot of fun Racism stands front and centre, with the black defendant Bobby Nock identified as the murderer of a pretty blonde girl from the right kind of rich family in no small part due to the colour of his skin The intersections of race and justice are examined throughout the novel, particularly through the multifaceted levels of expectation, misunderstanding, and outright prejudice The notion that race or skin colour has to do with guilt innocence than the evidence is cleverly developed through the varied perspectives of the jurors Multiple POVs reveal the action in a dual timeline, the original period of the trial and the present day search for the killer s More than the did he do it mystery or even the who s the killer now question, it s the author s examination of justice via jury that fascinates All the big social issues are here in microcosm and while the sideways commentary on fairness, class, race, justice, and the individual are intriguing, I wish there had been of it Especially because the plot did edge into the far fetched at times Even so, while readers might guess something of the ending if they know the rules of storytelling, knowing one of the twists didn t ruin the finale in any way The book kept some surprises close Fast paced and offering a genuine good time, this is well worth reading before it undoubtedly hits the screen.ARC via Netgalley 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 3.5 starsHeld 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 African American man, is suspected of murdering her and the case goes to trial Given the evidence, it seems likely the jury will convict However, juror Maya Seale is convinced Bobby is innocent and manages to change the minds of the rest of the jury members When they come back with a not guilty verdict, it is controversial and it certainly has an impact on their lives to say the least Ten years later a docuseries is being produced and the jury gets together to discuss the trial But one of the jury members winds up dead, and now Maya is the main suspect in his murder So, what exactly happened now and what exactly happened to Jessica ten years ago This was a fairly quick read and I think that is due to a couple reasons One, the alternating timelines as well as switching back and forth between characters keeps the action going at a good pace You could say Maya is the main character in this book but eventually you get to know the other jury members as well I also thought the author s screenwriting background shone through a bit with this book The writing is simple and to the point If you are looking for overly descriptive passages, this isn t the book for you That s not to say it isn t well written, as my interest level was high throughout the book.The author brings some substance to the story as race is one of the subjects that is explored throughout the book The story doesn t have a simple ending as there are multiple layers and there was one piece of the puzzle I didn t care for as it ventured out of realistic territory for me I also didn t find anything to be all that surprising or shocking but to be fair despite that I still enjoyed reading this book I think if you enjoy legal thrillers this is a pretty safe bet.I was provided an advance reader s copy in exchange for an honest review. 4 courtroom jury starsAh, 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 the perfect one to read on a recent vacation I thought that I would just read a few chapters of it and decide which book to read, soon I was 50% into it and wondering how it would all turn out We start the tale with Maya Seale, now a high powered defense attorney, and slowly learn the details of her high profile time on a jury that eventually led her to a career in law The case involved an African American high school teacher and a white student at his private school The student is dead and the teacher is on trial for her murder The jury returns a verdict that leads to a great deal of public outcry and Maya s life will never be the same.We do learn many of the details of the trial, the sequestration of the jury, and how they come to their decision There is a lot of action 10 years later too when a reunion is held, and another murder occurs I don t want to give much away, there are a lot of twists, many surprising to this reader I figured out a few things but enjoyed the ride I did learn about the jury process and it is fascinating to think about the dynamics of your peers deciding your fate.Thank you to NetGalley, Random House, and Graham Moore for an early copy of this one to read in return for an honest review. Unexpected and thought provoking 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 of the Bobby Nock trial Ten of the jurors will return to the Omni hotel, where they had been sequestered, for five months, to learn of supposed new evidence They have been given their old rooms, which look exactly the same But, one will end up dead in Maya s room before the first night has ended, and now she must prove her own innocence, by getting to the bottom of the case where she served as a juror As the scene for this book is set, I expected that the two stories would be woven together they are along with perhaps live reports from Murder Town nope and the police investigation no, again We hear SOME of what the attorney s argued in court, and SNIPPETS of what was said in the deliberation room, to sway the vote, as told not always shown by each of the jurors involved Sometimes their thoughts got a bit philosophical, or sounded a bit like a lecture, which slowed the pace for a bitBUT, what I did find intriguing was the way the story made me REALLY WONDER if your fate being decided by a jury of your peers is really the fairest way What if one juror BULLIES the rest into seeing things his or her way What if a juror votes so that they won t appear to be making a decision based on a shared or not shared race What if a juror changes their vote for another reason that has NOTHING to do with their belief in the suspect s guilt or innocence The Alpha personality vs Beta Personality.it happens in all facets of life How often does It affect the outcome of a trial Despite a person s good and true intentions going in So while, I did not exactly get what I was expecting from this book, I did get a lot to think about.AND A FEW SURPRISES, by the end 3.75 rounded upThank You to Netgalley, Random House Publishing, and Graham Moore for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review Available Feb 18, 2020 Genre Mystery ThrillersPublisher Random HousePub Date Feb 18, 2020Let 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 because the last two books that I read and reviewed by Moore were both superior historical fiction courtroom dramas and historical fiction is my favorite genre In Last Days of Night, George Westinghouse takes on Thomas Edison in the battle over the light bulb patent And, in The Imitation Game Alan Turing, the famous mathematician who cracked Nazi codes goes on trial because of his homosexuality, which sadly was against the law during those years The focuses on both these books were on the long forgotten, fascinating historical facts, not really the trials And both novels blew me away Since Holdout is a courtroom drama only I guess for me, it was doomed to be a less stellar of a read than the author s earlier books.In this book, a young woman is on a jury for a murder trial A black man is accused of killing his white teenage student Our protagonist manages to convince the others to acquit the defendant, who were not as positive as she was on his innocence Since the jurors are sequestered they have no idea how much hard evidence there is against the defendant Once home, the jurors lives are forever changed since there is an outcry of fury since it seemed obvious to the world that they freed a guilty man Up until here, I am okay with the plot Now fast forward ten years There is a reunion where one male juror has the others get together since he supposedly has new evidence on the decade old crime First issues, why in the world would they want to relive this episode since the trial s aftermath just about ruined their lives In the present, during the reunion this male juror is murdered no spoiler here The prime suspect is our female protagonist Oh please She is now a defense lawyer herself and does a lot of her own research Second, oh please Is this me or is this a cheesy plot I have other issues with the novel The male juror s death is central to the story, yet it doesn t happen till near the end of the tale Plus, after his death, the other jurors come to a very hard to believe solution on how to handle explaining his death to the authorities If I say it will be a spoiler On the other hand, there are lots of good twists at the end of the book, which did bring my attention back to the tale, but it is too little too late It is hard for me to understand how the author who wrote Night and Game is the same person who penned Holdout Maybe, my disappointment is on me Still, how can a decent legal thriller possibly compete with the true life courtroom dramas regarding famous and brilliant men that changed history Simply no competition.I received this Advance Review Copy ARC novel from the publisher at no cost in exchange for an honest review.Find all my book reviews at I absolutely loved The Holdout for the first two thirds or so of the book The premise was clever, the implementation was stellar, and I was thoroughly invested in both the story and attempting to determine how it would end Then, it fell apart the ending just did not work for me Some people do not mind an ending that is unrealistic or that seems out of place or not in keeping with the story I am very much not that person An ending can really ruin a book for me as I have mentioned in many a thriller review , and without providing any spoilers, the ending in The Holdout frustrated me However, this is purely a personal issue, and others may really like the thought and effort that must have gone in to coming up with that ending I loved The Last Days of Night by Moore and still routinely sell it at the bookstore where I work I look forward to his next book and hope it will appeal to me just like The Last Days of Night did. 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, or aptly, 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. 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.