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The Holdout by Graham Moore
Legal thriller

The Holdout

by Graham Moore

Quick take

For the Serial fans: An infamous jury is stuck with another murky murder ten years after their controversial verdict.

Good to know

  • Slow build

  • Nonlinear timeline

  • Whodunit

  • Unlikeable narrator

Why I love it

I consider myself a fairly voracious reader, particularly when it comes to thrillers, which I devour from the safety of our living room fireplace. Usually, I gravitate towards the, well, gory, where the heart-racing action is at the center of the novel (think The Woman in the Window). But in Graham Moore’s The Holdout, the action builds in a way that feels unconventional to thrillers—and it’s stil...

Synopsis

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, is the prime suspect. The subsequent trial taps straight into America’s most pressing preoccupations: sex, law enforcement, and the lurid sins of the rich and famous. It’s an open-and-shut case for the pro...

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    February 2020