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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 relati ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press
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Nancy
After I began reading this book and discovered it involved a hit and run death, I thought—not again. I’d just read a book with a similar plot line a week or so ago and was frustrated at the thought of another character not facing up to their moral responsibility—it was just too much. Scottoline’s characters, Jake and Ryan Buckman, a father and son, find themselves having to tell lie upon lie to keep their secret hidden from wife and mother Pam, school friends and business associates, etc. Anywa ...more
Ashley Tucker
Ugh. This book was a huge disappointment for me. I WANTED to like it, and I really wanted to care about the story line. It didn't happen at all. After the first couple of chapters I was trying to push through, hoping it would get better. It didn't. I hope that there are others that enjoy this book. I typically like her stories, but the dialogue in this one was AWFUL. The writing seemed very unpolished and awkward. I made it to page 160 and I finally decided to give it up. Life is too short for b ...more
Robin
This had lots of good twists and turns but reading it was a little eerie as the plot line (leaving the scene of a hit-and-run and hiding it from the family) and theme (how far do you go to protect your children) were very similar to Carla Buckley's THE DEEPEST SECRET, and if they weren't published at about the same time of the year I would say one author would have a case for plagiarism. And even though it was the third book I've read this year about protecting your family by hiding a heinous ev ...more
Terry Audette weiss
I'm such a fan of Scottoline but I almost didn't finish this book. It was repetitive and I figured out the ending about a third of the way through. On top of that, it was very depressing. A father, who had never been close to his teenage son, makes a decision that will change the lives of his whole family and several others, and then covers it up. The story is about the changes that take place in these people. An OK read but Scottoline has written much better.
Maggie61
I flew through this book, it was so hard to put down. I had read a few reviews before hand where people had described it being hard to read. I didn't get it until I was into the book. While I loved it, it was hard to read. Besides the whole fact of the main plot, I found I didn't like very many of the characters and it was a little difficult to relate. It was hard not to be judgy because after all, as horrible as it was, who knows what we would do in that situation to protect our children. Every ...more
Joodith
Here we have another fairly chunky book, full of promise, but let down by clunky writing, poor punctuation, horrid characters and as much padding as a Tog15 goose down duvet.

The premise is good – Jake, wanting to rekindle a failing relationship with teenage son Ryan, allows him, against his better judgement, to drive his racy Audi. The fact that Ryan is not permitted to drive after eleven o' clock at night and it's a foggy, drizzly night, does not stop Jake agreeing. The worst happens – Ryan run
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Liz Wilkins
A quick read for me, this was an intriguing enough story but for some reason was not really hitting the mark for me on several levels.

The premise is an interesting one – how far would you go to protect your children? Jake takes a fast decision to try and cover up a terrible accident in order to protect his son’s future – but keeping this secret is far from easy as Ryan falls apart and the tangled web gets ever more invasive.

What I did like about this one was the moral choices, how the characters
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Gina
I want to give some thought as to the review to this book. So far I can say that I am very disappointed in how far away this book varies from Scottoline's normal writing quality. This book was also EXTREMELY repetitive. I would say the first half of the book was based on the 2 lines...Jake (the dad)- "Ryan, I know you are worried. I will take care of it." Ryan (the son)- "Dad I'm so worried. We need to go to the police." The entire first half of the book was based on those 2 lines or variations ...more
Adrienne
Wow. I am very tempted to only give this 2 stars so maybe it should be 2.5 stars. I listened to this on Audible and it was read by Ron Livingston (Office Space) so he is the image I had of the dad (which was actually kind of fitting).

I know the purpose of this book was to purely entertain - but I swear the more historical fiction I read, the less I like pure fiction. I want to take away something after reading a book - and this book was so unbelievable and so un-real that what I took away from
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Jessica
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway, and I am so excited, happy, and thankful that I did. This novel was not only a quick read which held my attention, but also explored the deeper ties of family relationships. However, being that this book am advanced readers edition and NOT the final piece of work, there are a few things that could be taken into consideration for improvement.
One thing that made me pause was the dialogue of the son early in the novel. At points it almost felt forced, like
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Kathy
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Carol
Accountant Jake Buckman had let his relationship with his sixteen year old son, Ryan go. He had let his wife, Pam, take over while he built up his accounting business. Pam was a state judge but she was the one to take the boy to his games, appointments and bond with him. They had been through marriage counseling and a product of that was that Jack was supposed to strengthen his ties with Ryan. Jake decided to be the one to pick up his son at the movies. Ryan, 6’5” and a varsity basketball player ...more
Rachel
I received an Advanced Reader's Edition copy of Keep Quiet from a Goodreads giveaway. My rating is actually a 3.5 but I'm not able to actually fill half a star. This book was good overall but the beginning felt somewhat predictable. Reading the description of the book I was able to predict exactly what the event that would test the father/son duo would be which made the first part of the book a bit boring for me as I have read numerous other books with the same basic storyline. This book did tak ...more
Erin
Terrible. Was looking for a quick beach read, something easy and simple. This was too easy and simple. The characters were not well developed, the dialogue not believable, and I could not stand the wife (who I think was supposed to be a *good* character). Because I disliked this character so much, it made me dislike all of the interactions w her family and the way they viewed/worshipped her. 2 stars instead of 1 because it made me think, once or twice, 'what would I do in a similar situation?'.
Cleo Bannister
The premise to this book is really interesting, Jake lets his sixteen year old son drive the car home as part of an attempt to bond with him and during momentary lapse of concentration Ryan hits what they think is a deer, closer inspection reveals the victim to be a teenage girl. In the heat of the moment Jake decides that as his son was driving after 11:00pm that he would take the blame, he doesn’t want Ryan’s promising scholarship at Basketball college ruined by a criminal record but then Ryan ...more
Wendy
I actually went back to read reviews of other Scottoline books I have read - all two stars! Why do I keep attempting to enjoy her books? This story is barely "fine." The clichés and poor writing style got comical after a while. My favorite groan came when the main character decided he was "recalibrating a new route" in life, just as he recalibrated his GPS system in his car. Ugh!
Wrenà
I haven't read many Lisa Scottoline books in the past, but after I read "Look Again" and loved it .... when members of my book group chose 'Keep Quiet' as our monthly read, I was quite excited. However, I have ended with many mixed emotions. First let me say that the basis of the story was good, but once the accident happened it went downhill for me. None of us can say for certain what we'd do in the same situation as these characters .... but the lengths at which they went was really disappoint ...more
Carol
Two and one half stars. I have always liked Lisa Scottoline's books, and I especially love the early ones set in Philadelphia with young lawyers who manage to get into multiple scrapes and then save the day. In recent years the young lawyers have grown up and their stories are not as much fun to read, but I still have read every one. Scottoline's "stand-alone" thrillers are sometimes good, sometimes not. I really wanted to love this one, but alas, it was not to be. The plot seemed predictable an ...more
Vince Barber
The idea behind the book intrigued me. I thought it was going to be a story of a teenager coping with a horrific tragedy and how a family dealt with that. It sort of started out that way but then it became some ridiculous mystery that was completely unbelievable. I really hated the last 50 or so pages at which point the book became something completely different than what it started out as. It had to one of the worse endings to a book I have ever read. All the drama that fueled the story was neg ...more
Myrna
Interesting, intense and full of twist and turns.
Meredith
I nominate this book for the prize of Most Terrible Book I've Read This Decade. Flat, predictable characters and terrible writing.(Is "ahold" even a word you can use in written literature?) But it does have suspense. And once the mystery got ahold of me, I just kept going back...much like getting a bad case of the flu and steeling myself to persevere until the end. I made it. Now I just need to get ahold of a light & fluffy but well-written novel and I can quickly put this one out of my head ...more
Trish at Between My Lines
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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.


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 m
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Amy
Trying to get close to his son Jake allows sixteen-year-old Ryan to drive part way home one night even though he only had his permit and even though it was after the hours the permit allowed. Ryan hits a jogger. After unsuccessful attempts to revive the woman, and learning that Ryan had weed in his possession and had smoked earlier that day. Though Ryan protests, Jake then decides to leave the scene of the accident and lie to his wife Pam, who happens to be a judge, and hide what happened. What ...more
Judy Collins
As I began KEEP QUIET, this riveting thriller, via audiobook (highly recommend with narrator Ron Livingston), planning on a few chapters before bedtime, (you know just to relax and unwind)….KEEP QUIET hooked me within the first 10 minutes!

No way could I sleep, with my heart pounding, waiting to see what would happen next to this family, hanging on by a thread, in this “on the edge of your seat “ (or bed), intense page-turner! I was glued to my iPod into the wee hours of the morning before finish
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Lindsey Silvestrini
This was one of the most stressful books I’ve heard (audio) in a long time! I was literally on the edge of my seat while listening to Lisa Scottoline’s latest Keep Quiet. Having the audio version made it even more suspenseful thanks to the awesome reading by Ron Livingston. He is by far the best reader for audio books I have heard. The reader really makes or breaks the audio versions so it’s nice when it’s a great one who helps you get lost in the story instead of distracting you with their voic ...more
Lisa
Well...just try to put it down is all I can say. I am not a suspense person. I am a "life is scary enough" person but I had read Lisa Scottoline's non-fiction and loved it so I wanted to read the type of book she is most renowned for. I don't want to say anything that gives anything away. It was a great story. The scenario of how things began was a little too realistic when you have kids that age which is what made it so suspenseful. It feels like what happened at the beginning of the book could ...more
Alison Cairns
I got this book through a goodreads giveaway and am very glad I did. I haven't read Lisa Scottoline before, but I will be looking for more of her books. This book, telling the story of how one man's split second decision affects so many lives, was truly gripping on several levels. There is the relationship with his son, his wife, his career and himself and an attempt to create normality in their lives. Every time I thought I knew what was going to happen there would be another twist; or I would ...more
Jackie Whaley
Jun 11, 2014 Jackie Whaley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jackie by: Terrie
Keep Quiet is the latest offering by Lisa Scottoline, one of my favorite authors. The book starts out with a bang that I thought was going to carry it through to the end. Instead it was only the beginning of a series of events that carried the story line deeper and deeper. By Chapter 4 I saw no way that the book could end well. I became so hooked that I read into the night, woke up and read some more, and finally finished the next morning. Excellent plot, believable characters, good character in ...more
Julie
Lisa Scottoline is one of a handful of authors whose books I buy as soon as they come out, without thought to topic or story line, because I know I will enjoy the read. This was no exception. It's hard to describe the feeling I had as I was reading - I was sick to my stomach during parts of the book, not liking most of Jake's decisions and later Pam's; yet understanding as a parent how that might happen. Ms. Scottoline did a great job of winding the story around various trails and keeping me int ...more
Beadyjan
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practise to deceive"
An old saying which sums up this book perfectly, as Jake will discover when he makes a split second decision to protect his teenage son Ryan which sets his life on a downward spiral of terrifying repercussions. When Jake allows Ryan to drive his car at night he doesn't think for one second it will lead to them covering up a fatal accident in order for them both to avoid a prison sentence and keeping it hidden from his wife Pam,
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“Making the decision to have a child—it is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. —Elizabeth Stone” 1 likes
“Suddenly, there was a noise from the front door. Dr. Dave turned away, toward the sound. And all hell broke loose.   Chapter Forty-seven   “NO!” Ryan bellowed, barreling into the kitchen with Pam at his heels. “No” was all Jake could whisper, horrified they were in harm’s way. Ryan took a flying leap at Dave and tackled him heavily to the ground. They both yelled and grunted, struggling for the gun. Suddenly a shot fired. Pam screamed. Tears of fright sprang to Jake’s eyes. He didn’t know whether Ryan or Dave had been shot. He prayed to God for Ryan’s life. Pam burst into tears, covering her head with her hands. Suddenly Ryan staggered to his feet, supporting himself on the kitchen island. Pam ran to his side, crying with relief. Dr. Dave remained on the floor, moaning and holding his shoulder. Jake thanked God. He could’ve died a happy man at that moment, but Ryan and Pam rushed together at him. “Jake, Jake!” Pam sobbed, throwing herself to the floor beside him. “Honey, the police will be here! I worried you got in a fight, when you didn’t answer! An ambulance is on the way! They should be here any minute!” “Dad, don’t die, please don’t die!” Ryan bent over him, distraught. “I love you, Dad! I love you!” Jake looked up at them, feeling weaker by the second. He wanted to tell them he loved them. He wanted to tell them to be happy without him, that nothing else mattered to him as much, on the face of the earth. “Pam,” he tried to say, but it came out fainter than a whisper. “Honey, stay with us!” Pam embraced him, beginning to sob. “The ambulance will be here any minute!” “Dad, don’t die, please, please!” Jake could barely hear them. He felt himself slipping away. He flashed on the bag that Dr. Dave had put in the trunk of his car, with Voloshin’s laptop and phone. It contained the only evidence that connected Ryan to the hit-and-run. If Ryan and Pam disposed of it, nobody would ever know what had happened. If they gave it to the police, they would go to jail. He tried to say, “Ryan … trunk…” “What, Dad?” Ryan bent over him, crying. “The trunk? Of the car?” Jake managed a smile, closing his eyes. They would figure it out when they opened the trunk. They would decide what to do. Jake knew what he would do, if he had a second chance. But he couldn’t say, and he’d have to leave the decision to them. Because he was gone.” 0 likes
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