The Holdout by Graham Moore

How I Read It: Audiobook/Print

Dates Read: 2/24/20-2/25/20

How I Found It: Book of the Month

This book marks off the “A Book With a Red Spine” badge on the 40 Book Reading Challenge from Once Upon a Book Club

I cannot express to you the level of hype I am currently feeling. I definitely screamed many times in my car (not at my place of work because I have a little shred of dignity) and made a lot of weird krumping-styled arm movements followed by a weird “oooh” sound. Here’s the thing: I grew up reading Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha Christie. I have read a lot of thriller books, and very few have so unapologetically had my full attention for hours on end, especially just listening to it. And this book ticked everything on my list. So here’s why you should read it:

Mya Seales is a successful defense attorney in Los Angeles, California, United States of America. But her past catches up to her when her fellow juror from a former murder trial, Rick, comes and invites her to a reunion of the jurors. But the reunion doesn’t go as planned when Rick is found dead in her hotel room. Soon Mya finds herself the prime suspect in a murder trial, with an eerie deja vu of the former trial. Alternating between the former trial and her investigation into Rick’s murder, we follow what really happened between all these jurors and how hard it is to find the truth when everyone needs to protect themselves.

Moore finds a way to give us a snapshot of the mindset of each of the jurors as they went through the trial, and how their connections are pieced together. This book is so intricate in its connections but also easy to follow as a reader. As we dive deeper into this world, you can’t help but want to know more, and soon you are so hooked that you don’t even notice the passage of time around you.

And while I am talking about a lot of really amazing things that this book does, I do think that there were a few easter eggs that were a little too easy to piece together. And while I can’t really tell you what they were because I’m trying not to give away any bigger part of the story, I will say that I still felt like I had a big eureka moment when I figured out a little bit before the book revealed bits of the ending.

Also, speaking of things being easy to piece together, I had a pretty good suspicion of who was Rick’s murderer for the majority of the book. There were certain things that gave me a gut reaction, and honestly I don’t even know what some of those things were, but I had a specific killer in mind. But that may be more of a personal feeling than a universal one. I would personally give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, and I would totally pick this book up again and reread it one day!

If you guys have any thoughts or ideas, feel free to leave a comment, find me on the social medias at @elizabooksblog, or email me at And as always, I’ll see you all in the next book!

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