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Keep Quiet

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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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    Flossiesmommy Amelia Island, FL United States 02-23-15
    Flossiesmommy 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

    6 of 6 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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 01-30-15
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 01-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Upside Down"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Columbia, SC 10-05-15
    Jessica Columbia, SC 10-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "4.5 Stars!"
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    4.5 Stars!

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Te.Love Bowie, MD 08-14-15
    Te.Love Bowie, MD 08-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "OMG! This book had my heart accelerating!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 05-31-15
    R. Warren Westchester, NY USA 05-31-15
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    "Enjoyed With a Few Reservations"

    The story kept me absorbed even though it was unsettling. I felt that the ending was rushed as though the publisher's deadline was approaching and she needed to wrap it up.

    The narrator was a mixed bag, although generally good. He did a terrific job with most of the dialogue. But much of the narration sounded like throwaway lines, often rushed. Often he would start a sentence with high energy and peter out as the sentence went on.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-11-15
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 03-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "what would you do?"

    In this book, your worst nightmare meets Murphy's Law. This was an interesting, entertaining story but for much of it, I didn't know if I really wanted to keep listening, so many bad things were happening to father and son. I suppose we all, in our wildest dreams, hope that something like this will never happen to us. But, you think, if it did, how would I handle it? It was easy to think they were terribly wrong in how they handled the situation but, in reality, what would you do? I think you don't really know unless you are put in a really bad situation. Towards the end of the book, the pall lifted and it was more like a normal story. The author did come up with a creative, imaginative story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gail 02-02-15
    Gail 02-02-15
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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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    tooonce72 04-16-14
    tooonce72 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.

    1 of 1 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 3 people found this review helpful

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