Wednesday, March 11, 2020

The Holdout by Graham Moore

Rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Pages: 325 pages
Published: February 2020

The Holdout by Graham Moore is a quick read in the mystery and suspense genre that adds a twist on the classic Twelve Angry Men play by Reginald Rose. Protagonist Maya Seale is a juror on a high profile case that reunites the jury 10 years after they found the defendant, Bobby Nock not guilty when the court of public opinion pegged him for the crime. A "what's happened since" documentary is the reason the jurors are brought back together. Because Maya was the lone juror who believed in Bobby's innocence and persuaded the other jurors to change their vote, much light is put on her role in the documentary. However, before it can officially get started a fellow juror is found dead in Maya's hotel room. The murder catapults Maya back into the spotlight and the reader is taken on a race to find out whodunit.

I found this book to be very fast-paced and engaging. I finished it over a three-hour plane trip. There are some racial overtones and criminal (in)justice themes. There were also some plot twists at the end that made the book interesting. As far as mysteries go, this one was pretty simple to figure out, I guessed the ending before reaching it. However, it still made for an entertaining read. I could have done without some of the sexual scenes. They were not overly done, but I just don't know that they added value to the story.

Recommendation: This was a fun read. There wasn't anything that really stood out about it that left a lasting impression with me, but, in my opinion, it is a book worth reading.

Until next time ... Read on!

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