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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 ravenna, OH, United States 04-16-14
    Jen ravenna, OH, United States 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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    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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    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


    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.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Christina RED OAK, TEXAS, United States 06-07-14
    Christina RED OAK, TEXAS, United States 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.

    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.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Denver, CO, United States 05-15-14
    Carl Denver, CO, United States 05-15-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One Thing Leads to Another"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 04-15-14
    Melissa 04-15-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Quite Compelling Until the Unrealistic Epilogue"
    What did you like best about Keep Quiet? What did you like least?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Ron Livingston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but he did a fine job of interpreting the ages and personalities of the characters.


    Was Keep Quiet worth the listening time?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dallas Georgia 03-22-15
    Dallas Georgia 03-22-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Good Read"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


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    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 03-18-15
    Tammy GREEN BAY, WI, United States 03-18-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good book"

    The story was compelling! How a accident can change your life forever. Could be a true story. Makes you think.

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