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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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.
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
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
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.
I generally don't listen to. Books a second time. But if I had to select one I would listen to this again.
The family relationship did keep me needing to listen just a few more minutes.
Ryan, I would want to know what other things he had been hiding for his family and how it affected him.
Very good book. The family relationships were very realistic.
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.
Very well written. You can see why each makes the decisions they make and then how that leads to the next problem. Both Carl and I really liked it and will listen to her other books.
The ethical implications were compelling. The situation was one that reminds us that our lives can change in an instant. Our years of goodness can quickly be dismantled by any single moment or series of moments. The quick decisions we make in the face of adversity are easy to criticize in hindsight and this is a key message of the book. I found the character of the mother to be annoying in her endless know-it-all attitude. Her character should have been more developed. She seemed to be a control freak over the males in her life. I felt she somewhat emasculated her husband and treated her high school age son like a little kid.
I found the epilogue highly unrealistic in a modern society where swift judgment is likely unrelenting for a long time to come. I question that any such truths would have set anybody free. It seemed almost like a fairytale ending when too much tragedy had occurred. The truth of the matter is that when certain lines are crossed there is no return to any normalcy and forgiveness is but a slim hope.
I have not but he did a fine job of interpreting the ages and personalities of the characters.
Yes. It is light but engaging material for long runs or walks when you don't want to concentrate too hard. The last quarter of the listening time is quite exciting!
I loved the story line. I would have just liked the characters to have been a tad more developed in their emotional complexity. Again, the end was a little to nicely tied up with a nice bow. It shouldn't have been so in the realism of life in America.
This was a very interesting mystery, along the lines of "A Simple Plan," where every effort to solve a problem leads the characters deeper into trouble.
The story was compelling! How a accident can change your life forever. Could be a true story. Makes you think.
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