New York Times bestselling and Edgar Award winning author Lisa Scottoline is loved by millions of readers for her suspenseful novels about family and justice. Scottoline delivers once again with Keep Quiet, an emotionally gripping and complex story about one man’s split-second decision to protect his son - and the devastating consequences that follow.
Jake Buckman’s relationship with his sixteen-year-old son Ryan is not an easy one, so at the urging of his loving wife, Pam, Jake goes alone to pick up Ryan at their suburban movie theater. On the way home, Ryan asks to drive on a deserted road, and Jake sees it as a chance to make a connection. However, what starts as a father-son bonding opportunity instantly turns into a nightmare. Tragedy strikes, and with Ryan’s entire future hanging in the balance, Jake is forced to make a split-second decision that plunges them both into a world of guilt and lies. Without ever meaning to, Jake and Ryan find themselves living under the crushing weight of their secret, which threatens to tear their family to shreds and ruin them all.
Powerful and dramatic, Keep Quiet will have listeners and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.
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Not unless she had nothing else to listen to.
Yes - I've read other books by her, & really liked them - just not this one.
This book was very, very well-written, as are all of Scottoline's books, & I really, truly, absolutely wanted to love it. Instead, I hated the way it hung me up on tenterhooks from almost page one, without relief. Hour after hour, no reprieve in sight, one can become mentally & emotionally exhausted. I did something I just don't do, & loaded other books to listen to during the same time period, giving myself a break from this book at least every hour. I finished it only because that is what I do, unless a book is VERY poorly written.
As to the characters, I hated the mother, unequivocally. She's a b***h to end all b***hes, & one of the most obdurate, implacable, self-righteous characters I've ever had the displeasure of reading. As well, there are multiple situations where she, as a judge (of all people), should have known about/been aware of dangers, issues, & topics, yet she was clueless, & thus the book's credibility was lost. A judge who is held in such high esteem by her peers would surely know SPOILER ALERT! that since she had motive for wanting to kill someone, & since she had been seen arguing w/that someone the night he was killed, that these actions just might make her a suspect. Instead, she continued to do things that made her look even more suspicious/guilty, & was flabbergasted that her actions might be thought dubious, or that anyone would think this of her. Give me a break. I mean, really?! A judge, who deals with the criminal justice system every day? Snort.
I'm having a difficult time rating this story; like I said, it's extremely well-written, but it still left me feeling resentful towards the author; I wasted too much time & expended too much emotional energy on this. SPOILER ALERT!! The "tied up in a bow", bland, feeble, & vapid ending was just the last straw. Too glib, & it fell flat. It should be only 2 or 2.5 stars, but the talent it took to write this is so well-honed that I have to give the extra half star for the work. Don't waste your money or credit. I
I wanted to smack Ryan, he was getting on my nerves with the whining back forth... The story excellent as always but I preferred the lawyer girls series the most. I am from philly I Lov it
The storyline of the book made me sick. Covering a a murder, teaching your kid to lie, etc. It was tough to listen to, but after I started, I had to know it ended ok so I kept reading.
Listen to my children. If they want to do the right thing, encourage that, no matter what the consequenses.
I quite enjoyed Lisa Scottoline's Keep Quiet. Not a complex story but, one that easily allows the reader quickly jump into and immerse themselves for a interesting ride.
A modern day family's life will forever be changed when one of them make a poor split second decision. Once the decision has been made it's interesting to watch the ripples of effect and the far reaching impact. I personally did not find this the slightest bit predictable. I would have never seen the end at any point along the way. It's well thought out and very true to life.
Ron Livingston's performance was so wonderful that it was transparent. A narrator that can allow the reader to be so into the story that they don't even consider that, is doing it perfectly.
This novel was great company that left me contemplating it's story long after the last word.
I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.
Ryan is the 16 year old son of Pam and Jake. Ryan plays basketball and does well in school, Jake, after being laid off for a year, using his own initiative, started a Financial Adviser business that was doing very well. Pam is a judge of the state court.
Ryan has finally realized, through therapy with Pam, that in order to get closer to Ryan, he has to start doing things with him and for him. Ryan and his mother are very close and had realized he'll be leaving for college sooner than later.
Ryan had went to the movies with a group of friends and needed a ride home. Ryan has a learner's permit but not his license. Jake volunteered to pick Ryan up. Jake decided to take a short-cut home but the road isn't straight but has lots of curves.
Jake and Ryan, instead of the usual quiet ride home, were talking and discussing the movie and other things. Ryan begged his dad to let him drive Ryan's sports car home. First, Ryan wasn't permitted to drive because of the time and second, it's a winding road that requires more driving experience than what Ryan had. However, Jake thought long and hard and knew the right thing to do but he chose to do the opposite. Jake pulled off of the road, got out of the driver's seat and allowed Ryan to drive.
Jake and Ryan were talking and Ryan looked at his dad for no more than a mere second but it was too late. While driving around the most dangerous curve on the road, Jake was the first to realize that Ryan had hit something. Ryan pulled the car over and both of them went to look. Ryan had hit a woman and communication between Jake and Ryan wasn't very clear. Both of them were talking at the same time and before Ryan punched in 911, Jake had made the decision, don not punch in 911.
The book was exciting to listen to. There was a father and son who knew what they had done was wrong. However, what was done was done. There was no going back to the scene of the accident. The tension in their household was filled with anxiety, fear and tears which made Ryan and Jake unable to function. They were looking behind them, watching for specific cars, they were a wreck. Pam doesn't understand and nobody would provide answers to her questions.
One chapter led to another and I had no choice but to finish listening until the end. The narrator, Ron Livingston, did a great job. I thought that the ending was appropriate. The book had well developed characters. I'm pleased that I purchased, Keep Quiet, and I would encourage other's to use their credit to buy the book. I read the reviews, good and bad, but the good won out.
Livingstone voice is amazing
Father - interesting always thinking of ways to shelter his family
He sounded perfect for the father in the story- would search out books that he narrates
Father very conivving
Great story -as a parent this could happen to any family
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
Stunning! Right now (I just finished listening) there are no words to describe the profound impact of this real-to-life story in which a parent leads his child into a morass of moral decisions and legal issues. The shocking events within the story are heartbreaking, yet very believable. True -- the listening might say "I'd NEVER do that!" but then again, would you? If it meant saving your child's life, would you? Then what if your child was determined to save your life too? And what if saving either meant breaking laws, rewriting family morality and weaving a web of lies and deception?
The story is so well written, it is realistic and the characters are people you can relate too very easily. If you listened to Defending Jacob and like it, you'll love this one even more.
The writing was excellent, characters were very real and the twists and turns kept you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end
Lisa Scottoline is becoming one of my favorite authors that can put you, as the reader, in situations that you would never dream of with outcomes that are just as mysterious and unpredictable. She truly keeps you guessing until the very end.
This book really makes you question the lengths you would go to save your child from harms way, even someone that is in a position of authority. Off the top of your head, it is easy for someone to say, of course, I will always uphold the law, but when caught off guard in a moment of crisis, your answer may be a bit more unpredictable.
Great read! I would recommend this to anyone who has children or also, just for readers who like a great who-done-it!
WOW! This was such an awesome book. At times I was mad, at times I was empathetic. I couldn't stop listening. I was so mad at Jake, kept thinking he was a pig-headed man ruining everyone's life. I did not expect the ending at all. But I really liked the epilogue. It was fitting. I truly admired the son even though he had an over bearing mother and a stupid coward for a father. Great book with a lot of food for thought.
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