‘Ten years ago we made a decision together…’
Fifteen-year-old Jessica Silver, heiress to a billion-dollar fortune, vanishes on her way home from school. Her teacher, Bobby Nock, is the prime suspect. 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, persuades the rest of the jurors to vote not guilty: a controversial decision that will change all of their lives forever.
Ten years later, one of the jurors is found dead, and Maya is the prime suspect.
The real killer could be any of the other ten jurors. Is Maya being forced to pay the price for her decision all those years ago?
The Holdout was one of the best thrillers I’ve read in ages for sheer addictive quality, excellent plotting and a modern Christie-esque feel to it that engaged me throughout.
This is a tale of moral ambiguity, choices and consequences and how we view right and wrong all wrapped up in a gloriously plotted whodunnit, with the jury group dynamic at the heart of it. The twists and turns are cleverly designed to keep you on your toes and the final resolution is brilliantly done – I had to give a nod of approval at the end to how the author manages his audience.
Overall a right old page turner, a proper mystery done in style, with depth of character and a perceptive view on human nature.
Excellent. Highly Recommended.