The Holdout

The Holdout

A Novel

eBook - 2020
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • One juror changed the verdict. What if she was wrong? From the Academy Award–winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game and bestselling author of The Last Days of Night. . . .
An ID Book Club Selection • “Exhilarating . . . a fiendishly slippery game of cat-and-mouse suspense and a provocative, urgent inquiry into American justice (and injustice) in the twenty-first century.”—A. J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
It’s the most sensational case of the decade. Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar real estate fortune, vanishes on her way home from school, and her teacher, Bobby Nock, a twenty-five-year-old African American man, is the prime suspect. The subsequent trial taps straight into America’s most pressing preoccupations: race, class, sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It’s an open-and-shut case for the prosecution, and a quick conviction seems all but guaranteed—until Maya Seale, a young woman on the jury, convinced of Nock’s innocence, persuades the rest of the jurors to return the verdict of not guilty, a controversial decision that will change all their lives forever.
Flash forward ten years. A true-crime docuseries reassembles the jury, with particular focus on Maya, now a defense attorney herself. When one of the jurors is found dead in Maya’s hotel room, all evidence points to her as the killer. Now, she must prove her own innocence—by getting to the bottom of a case that is far from closed.
As the present-day murder investigation entwines with the story of what really happened during their deliberation, told by each of the jurors in turn, the secrets they have all been keeping threaten to come out—with drastic consequences for all involved.
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group


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Feb 28, 2021

Definitely, an unusual book. Most different start and generally interesting book that gets boring when each juror explains the trial from their view point. Unusual ending leaving the reader with an empty feeling. Overall, a good book but not outstanding.

Feb 09, 2021

After a slow start where I almost DNF'd it I kept going. After working as a legal secretary and law office manager for most of my professional career as well as going to law school myself I felt an emotional obligation to keep going -- gotta support my profession even if it's just reading about it, right?

The first few chapters read a lot like a junior high student's first draft of an English assignment -- very basic and juvenile writing. But then the story took off (spoiler space)

after Rick turned up dead. From then on I was invested in Maya finding the killer and getting answers about what happened to Jessica. There were so many things people were doing wrong -- withholding evidence, lying, manipulating facts to get their way. It became a white knuckle read for me that I didn't want to put down. The ending was a little unsatisfying, but the action and lead up to the end were terrific.

Oct 10, 2020

A preposterous first paragraph where the female defendant (avert eyes for spoiler and gore)
allegedly stabbed her abusive husband and "cut his head off with garden shears". Nonsense. That never happens. It's only there to shock and disgust. A writer that has to revert to gibberish in the first sentence shows me what a waste of time it would be to read this so called thriller.

Aug 17, 2020

Not a bad read until I got to the part where the trial was rehashed by each different juror. I started skipping paragraphs as I was bored.

Jul 26, 2020

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.

Jul 23, 2020

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.

Jun 29, 2020

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.

Jun 25, 2020

Ecellent court room drama

Jun 22, 2020

“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.

May 28, 2020

Loved this audiobook!!

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