In this twisty tale from Moore (The Sherlockian), the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of The Imitation Game, young juror Maya Seale is convinced that African American high school teacher Bobby Nock is innocent of killing the wealthy white female student with whom he appears to have been involved and persuades her fellow jurors likewise. Ten years later, a true-crime docuseries reassembles the jurors, and Maya, now a defense attorney, must prove her own innocence when one of them is found dead in Maya’s room.
I am not usually drawn to courtroom dramas, but this book is so much more than that. There are a few mysteries to solve. First, did Bobby really kill Jessica? Second, fast forward ten years, and now Rick is found dead in Maya’s hotel room during the filming of the docuseries. I will say there’s not a lot about the docuseries mentioned, besides the fact that it brought all the jurors back together. I would have liked that to have a bigger part than it did. I was disappointed in that.
What I did like is that the story jumps back and forth between then and now. You’re introduced to all the jurors, which I found fascinating. After the trial was over this case/their verdict stayed with them for ten years. Everyone’s life was altered in a different way, some I didn’t see coming. It seemed like everyone had something to hide, but only one of the jurors had something so big to hide they would kill to keep their secret.
I did find Maya’s investigation slow at points. There were many little details that I didn’t think were relevant. I just wanted to know what really happened to Jessica and who killed Rick. I have to say that I did not see any of the twists coming so bravo to the author for keeping me guessing.
At the end of the day, I was satisfied with the ending. I felt the author could have done more of a twist with one of the mysteries because it was very un-climatic for me. Overall I would recommend this book especially if you like a good courtroom drama.
Grab your copy February 18th, 2020. Thank you Book of the Month and Random House for the ARC.
Book Rating: 4/5
For the grand finale this would pair nicely with a Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2017.