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Highly recommended. Courtroom Drama fans will not want to miss this well plotted story.
Reviewed in the United States on July 26, 2020
THE HOLDOUT is not only an excellent courtroom drama , it gives the reader an opportunity to take a deeper dive into how racism, economic privilege and our adversarial legal system seek justice, without necessarily learning the "truth". It is character driven and takes place over a 10 year period. The story centers around a jury on a high profile case that is vilified by the press and the public for rendering a "not guilty" verdict that lets a teacher off the hook for the murder of a 15 year old student, he had inappropriate relationship with. The lone holdout for innocence brings the other 11 jurors around to her point of view, leaving untold resentment nd a unanimous verdict. The jurors are reunited for the 10 year anniversary and for a television reality show to examine their respective roles in freeing a man most people are sure is guilty. When one of them is murdered they will have to work together to keep the wrong people from being convicted, to see that justice is ultimately served, and protect their many secrets
I highly recommend THE HOLDOUT to mystery, thriller and crime fans, particularly those who like courtroom dramas. Plot, pacing, writing, and character development, are all well done and make for a very interesting and satisfying story.
A somewhat wierd story of a jury in a murder trial, how they reach a verdict and how it affects their lives. Ending predictable, cardboard characters. Heaven help us if the legal system is like this.
I loved this book and couldn't put it down. The twists and turns were excellent and I couldn't wait to read what happened next. There is also some relevant race issues that are addressed i the book which are really timely.
“The Holdout” was a thrilling legal mystery. 25-year-old black teacher Bobby Nock, is on trial for killing white 15 year old pupil Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion dollar fortune. Her body hasn’t been discovered, but that isn’t going to stop this trial going forward.
There are 12 members of the jury in this high profile murder trial, and it’s expected that Bobby Nock’s conviction is a foregone conclusion - that is until jury member Maya Seale manages to persuade the other jury members to vote not guilty.
10 years later Maya is now a successful lawyer. Unfortunately, she is also the prime suspect in the murder of one of the jurors after a reunion at the hotel in which they were sequestered during the trial.
I think it’s a case of the less you know, the more interesting you’ll find this one. As legal thrillers go it’s pretty great. It was a riveting read with twists and turns, with a cracking ending. If you enjoy legal dramas, then look no further.
well constructed, like one of those packaging cartons that somehow unfolds into a sheet of cardboard with various cuts and folds. I can no longer use the expression 'shades of gray' so let's just say the degrees of guilt and culpability are not black and white.
A twisty legal thriller told from the point of the view of the jury. There are enough unexpected turns to please even the most hardened reader of the twisty mystery genre.
The Holdout started out interesting. I liked the premise, the plotting was steady, and was a quick read. The ending was a little meh, but this was an easy read; it felt like a Lifetime movie but a better.
When 10 years ago you were on a jury and convinced the panel to acquit a teacher of murdering a young, rich student. And now the case is now considered an O.J.-level miscarriage of justice.....
I don't usually venture into crime novels but the whole courtroom drama from a juror's perspective drew me in. Probably because having once served as a juror in a trial, I could relate to some of the difficulties. Part of me really liked this novel; the plot, the pace, its characters, the lawyerly precision. But the other part really was disgusted with the outcome. Nothing is black and white (and the author really hammers home the delicate issue of racism in the courtroom, too) or cut and dry, and towards the end things got rather convoluted, which tried my patience a bit, but the way it all turned out, sh*t, it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Kinda good, yet kinda aggravating, too. 3.5 stars.
This is entertaining courtroom drama. In a sensational murder trial the jurors are sequestered in a LA hotel during the 4 month trial. Everyone on the jury except for Maya, knows the accused is guilty of the murder of a 15 year old girl. Maya is stubborn though, thus the title THE HOLDOUT. She convinces the others to acquit Bobby Nock of murder. Life is disrupted for the jurors. People hate them. The public has convicted the young teacher for murder. Maya goes on to law school becoming a defense lawyer. At a reunion of the jurors, she finds herself arrested for the murder of one of the jurors. The storyline goes back and forth between the trial and now. Maya’s lawyer wants to have her plead self-defense, but Maya pleads not guilty. She’s determined and when the real culprit is found, it is a shocker as well as how Maya has the charges against her dropped and the real murderer protected. Great read. At times I wondered if that is really how courtrooms and the legal system work, but I don’t have enough knowledge to do more than wonder. Whatever, the book is an interesting escape for the reader.