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Keep Quiet | [Lisa Scottoline]

Keep Quiet

Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his 16-year-old son, Kurt, when disaster strikes. They get in a terrible car accident that threatens to derail not only Kurt’s chances at college, but his entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. Just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, a malevolent outsider comes forward with the power to expose Jake’s secret.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2014 Smart Blonde, LLC (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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    Jen 04-16-14
    Jen 04-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "I Can't Keep Quiet Because it's Sooo Good!!!"

    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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Auntie Mame Cape Cod, MA 04-14-14
    Auntie Mame Cape Cod, MA 04-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Edge Of Your Seat!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Keep Quiet the most enjoyable?

    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


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Carolyn 04-22-14
    Carolyn 04-22-14
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    "suspenseful, could not put it down"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Keep Quiet to be better than the print version?

    Livingstone voice is amazing


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Father - interesting always thinking of ways to shelter his family


    What about Ron Livingston’s performance did you like?

    He sounded perfect for the father in the story- would search out books that he narrates


    If you could take any character from Keep Quiet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Father very conivving


    Any additional comments?

    Great story -as a parent this could happen to any family

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-08-14
    Paula Overland Park, KS USA 04-08-14 Member Since 2012

    Enjoying one good listen after the next!

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    "This Story Will Shock You and Break Your Heart!"

    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.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Christina 06-07-14
    Christina 06-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ordinary people in not ordinary situation"
    Would you listen to Keep Quiet again? Why?

    I generally don't listen to. Books a second time. But if I had to select one I would listen to this again.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The family relationship did keep me needing to listen just a few more minutes.


    What three words best describe Ron Livingston’s voice?

    Clear,strong,natural


    If you could take any character from Keep Quiet out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ryan, I would want to know what other things he had been hiding for his family and how it affected him.


    Any additional comments?

    Very good book. The family relationships were very realistic.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Abdo 04-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Overdid"

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie 03-10-15
    Debbie 03-10-15
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    "Great read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Keep Quiet the most enjoyable?

    I could see myself making the same unwise choice that Jake made. It made the story believable.


    What other book might you compare Keep Quiet to and why?

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    Which scene was your favorite?

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    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jake discovered that there was video evidence of the misdeed.


    Any additional comments?

    I admired Jake's instinct to protect his son.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 02-23-15
    Minta Amelia Island, FL United States 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Could've been so good. Could've."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not unless she had nothing else to listen to.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Scottoline again?

    Yes - I've read other books by her, & really liked them - just not this one.


    Any additional comments?

    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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lyw513 06-08-14
    Lyw513 06-08-14
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    "I needed to know the story ended ok"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    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.


    Did Keep Quiet inspire you to do anything?

    Listen to my children. If they want to do the right thing, encourage that, no matter what the consequenses.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Gail MISSION VIEJO, CA, United States 02-02-15
    Gail MISSION VIEJO, CA, United States 02-02-15 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved it!"

    I haven't read Lisa's books in a long time because of one her novels was lame. I thought Lisa lost it. But due to the reviews I thought I would try this one. Absolutely riveting and had me thinking what would I do in a similar situation. I'm going back to being one of her big fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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