Book Review : Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

December 22, 2014 Book review 5 ★★★½

There is a huge moral dilemma posed in this book. It should be a no brainer, it shouldn’t require a second thought but this book builds it up so that you see just why it happened as it did. I got sucked in even though I hated what Jake did.

Book Review : Keep Quiet by Lisa ScottolineKeep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline
Published by Headline Book Publishing on November 20th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Psychological, Thriller
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
Source: Bookbridgr

One decision. One family's future in ruins.  When Jake Buckman decides to let Ryan, his sixteen-year-old son practice driving home along a deserted street, he has no idea of the deadly consequences.  But in the darkness of night, a runner comes from nowhere and the hit is fatal.

Now Jake and Ryan have two options: admit Ryan's responsibility ... or drive home as though nothing happened. What follows is not a clear-cut hit and run, but a split-second decision by a father who will do anything to protect his son.

How much should a parent sacrifice for their child?  And could any family survive the burden of such a terrible secret?

First Line of Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline:

“Jack Buckman knew his son had a secret, because his wife told him so.”

My thoughts on Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

This book is highly charged! My weak spot is my empathy for people and it lets me forgive more than I should. And that’s exactly what happened to me here. Jake let his son Ryan drive when he shouldn’t be driving as he just wanted to be fun dad. He wanted to rebuild a connection with his son and he conveniently forgot that he was meant to be a dad and not a best friend.

I can see exactly how this could happen and the background to their rift was sad and realistic. I was on Jack’s side as I wanted him to build bridges with his son even though I was eye rolling at this approach. And then it all went disastrously wrong and kept getting worse and worse. Of course they should have spoken up immediately and their silence turned into a noose around their neck, getting pulled tighter and tighter.

I really enjoyed the fast pace of the book and even if it got a little melodramatic near the end, I didn’t mind. It was an entertaining page-turner and I enjoy thrillers that thrill. And it wasn’t the scary stuff that thrilled me (there wasn’t much of that), it was just the emotional rush of watching it all play out and wanting the characters to somehow come out on top.

Overall a twisty read with fleshed out characters who made me care. I wasn’t exactly blindsided by the ending and thought it was pretty unbelievable but up to that point I was really into it. For pace and characters and for my feels up to that point, it was still worthy of 3.5 stars.


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: three-stars


Who should read Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline?

If you enjoy psychological thrillers that have domestic settings and that twist at your emotions, then I’d recommend this one to you. Fans of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and Until You’re Mine by Samantha Hayes should also enjoy.

Thanks to Bookbridgr and Headline for giving me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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5 Responses to “Book Review : Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline”

  1. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Scottoline is on my list of authors to try but this premise sounds a little too gut wrenching for me. I get nervous about the plots that show how quickly life can change because there’s so much truth in them and throw in a kid and I’m not sure I can handle it. I do like what you say about her writing and the fleshed out characters. Characters often are the weak link in thriller type books. Great review! Thanks for sharing!
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…This Week in Reading – December 21

    • trish

      The premise IS wrenching, it was so simple and in a heartbeat their lives were altered forever. I got really into it while I was reading and I think a lot of it was because I liked the characters even with their crazy decision.

    • trish

      I *think* it was my first book by her and I definitely want to read more. It wasn’t perfect but it was an enjoyable tangle!

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