Ever wanted to read a courtroom drama that makes you race through the pages of blood, evidence, and cover-ups?

The Plot

Graham Moore’s The Holdout follows the trial of Bobby Nock and the alleged murder of his student. It’s alleged because her body was never found, but her blood and DNA surely were found in Bobby’s vehicle, as well as explicit text messages with Jessica Silver that were found in his cell phone records, when at the time Jessica was a high school student and a minor.

The Holdout follows Maya Seale in present day as the notorious jury member who got Bobby Nock acquitted. The story is told alternating between Maya in present day – ten years after the trial – and each of the jurors in the past, during the trial. This novel is twisty and throws a whole lot of turns at you towards the end. I really only saw one of the twists coming and I couldn’t stop reading this thriller. Every moment I had to stop and put it down was agony.

The Verdict – Pun Totally Intended

The characters were easy to connect to and I wanted to see Maya rule the roost. I did not find the text as “unbelievable” as some other readers did, but I rather read it as a nice piece of book candy. This novel is a warning letter about what can go wrong about the justice system and being summoned for jury duty. There are plenty of gruesome details and deaths – no blood is spared.

While this is not your typical “horror” title, Moore implores thriller strategies to create a novel that is compelling and intensely consumable. For lovers of CSI and Bones, this is just the novel for you. This was easily 4.5 out of 5. Pick it up today!

4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
About the Author

Sarah Moon is a stone-cold sorceress from Tennessee whose interests include serial killers, horror fiction, and the newest dystopian blockbuster. Sarah holds an M.A. in English Literature and an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. She works as an English professor as well as a cemeterian. Sarah is most likely to cover horror in print including prose, poetry, and graphic forms.

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