Book Review: The Holdout by Graham Moore

THE HOLDOUT by Graham Moore is the September pick for mine and Anne’s (readingfortheweekend on IG) buddy read! Come join us on September 30th at 8 PM EST if you’ve read this, and discuss with a great group of people! Let me know if you’d like to be added to the group chat!


(From Goodreads) 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.


I enjoyed the book, and I liked most of the characters. But I think it could have been done a littttllleeee better for me. Maybe this type of legal thriller isn’t my thing? Who knows!

I think the concept was initially super intriguing – I mean, a juror who gets someone off of a murder conviction ends up being investigated for murder over the death of a member on that same jury? Like, correct me if I’m wrong, but I just kind of assumed it would be more fast-paced and not so….slow. On top of that, there were some unbelievable situations that just didn’t work for me, which kind of sucks because I was expecting so much more from this book!

Just something left me feeling so disconnected from the characters, maybe it was the tone or the third person narration. I would much rather be in the mind of a character than be removed and witness what’s going on, you know?

With that being said, it is an enjoyable read for the majority, and a great look into human nature. Did I see one part of the twist coming? Yes. Did it have me guessing until the end? YES! Did I think the ending was necessary? I don’t know, it’s up for debate, but I personally wasn’t a fan. It felt more for TV drama than anything.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-read legal thriller, pick this up because the concept itself is interesting, at least!

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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