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Keep Quiet

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  20,591 ratings  ·  2,454 reviews
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 Buckmans
Hardcover, 338 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by St. Martin's Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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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 ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it liked it

Wanting to get closer to his son Ryan, Jake Buckman unwisely lets the underage teen take the wheel of his Audi. Taking his eyes off the road for an instant Ryan hits and kills a female jogger. Wanting to protect Ryan - a good student and star basketball player with a promising future - Jake decides to leave the scene of the crime.

This unfortunate decision has dire consequences. For one thing Ryan can't live with the lies and starts to fall apart. For another, it seems that someone might have
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
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
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Oct 24, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
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
Nov 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Terry Audette weiss
May 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
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.
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, first-reads
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
Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is a very average story about a perfect family, that makes a terrible mistake and has to live with the consequences. Jake Buckman lets his son drive his car and this leads to an accident and a dead girl. Thrown into this mix is the rather dubious moral decision to just leave the scene, taken by Jake and then to lie and cover up. There is also a bit of blackmail and Jake discovering his perfect family isn’t so perfect.

At the heart of the novel is the moral dilemma. What would you do if you
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Jim Crocker
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever done some little thing that woulda-coulda-shoulda turned into some great big HUGE deal? Like slipping something bright and shiny into your pocket in the Dollar Store and just happening to forget about it (OPPS!) until you were already outside in the parking lot. And you’re looking back to see if the store detective is rushing out to apprehend you. Holey smokems! Better get outta heah . . . FAST!

Then whaddaya gonna do? Huh? ‘Cause things are about to get a whole lot worse than you
Apr 08, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
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?'.
Well...I found this book to be just okay. It was one of those reads that I felt compelled to finish because I wanted to know how it ends. I was initially drawn to it because of the description but it was one of those books that sounded better than it actually was. On the one hand, it had moments when I was glued to the pages but there were also times when the plot droned on or felt contrived.

The book revolves around the following dilemma: As a parent, to what lengths would you go to protect
Liz Barnsley
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
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Ryan and his dad, Jake were not particularly close and although he loved his son dearly he somewhat resented the closeness he shared with his mom, Pam his wife.
At his wife's suggestion he goes to pick up Ryan at the movies. Jake is driving him home when Ryan asks if he could drive the rest of the way. Knowing he has a permit and cannot drive at night Jake figures they are less then five minutes from home and he is in the car with him, so why not??? Maybe Ryan would actually think of his dad as
3.5 stars
This is my first time reading a book from Lisa Scottoline and I am impressed! This book follows a man named Jake and his son Ryan and they are out one night, and Jake lets Ryan drive even though he's underage and unlicensed, and while driving Ryan hits and kills a woman who's on a run. In a moment of panic and thinking about how this would affect Ryan's future, they flee the scene of the accident. We get to watch as this hit and run incident starts to consume their lives and lying to
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
A little slow in developing and I was overwhelmed by the initial situation. However, true to the skill of Lisa Scottoline's ability to write - I was soon "hooked". A book to discuss - deals with right and wrong, standards of moral, and ultimately the love for your child and family. Begs the question . . . just how far would you go to protect a loved one? Scottoline has done it again!
Sharon :)
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lisa Scottoline delivers every time I was on the edge of my seat listening to this book!!! ...more
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read a lot of this author’s books which I find quite enjoyable. This book takes a turn on what the author usually writes. Instead of focusing on the women in the book she is basing the story around the male. The story is about Jake, Pam and Ryan. Pam wants Jake to pick Ryan up from the movies since father/son haven't been getting along and Pam is hoping that they can bond. While on their way home, Jake lets Ryan get behind the wheel thinking that this will be a bonding experience but ...more
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was going through my books and came across this one. It has been a while since I have read anything by Lisa. So I decided to pick this book up and start reading it. Wow. I knew Lisa could write but I did not expect to like this book as much as I did.

I hate to say this but if it was not for the terrible event that brought Jake and Ryan together, I probably would have not found the family that interesting. It is because of this event that bonded the whole family and brought out the fighter in
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
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!
Karen B.
I have mixed feelings about reading this book. In the beginning I found it slow and difficult to read.
Jake loves his 16 year old son Ryan but has a strained relationship with him so at his wife's urging, he goes to pick up Ryan from the movies. He makes two poor decisions that night. At Ryan's urging, Jake allows him to drive even though with a driver's permit Ryan should not be driving that late at night. Jake allows his because as he later says "I wanted to be a buddy more than a parent." A
Katherine "Kj" Joslin
REALLY had a hard time getting into this one. Didn't like any of the characters and the dialogue was very whiny.... I did however enjoy the last half.
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
Jan 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
This was one of those books where you don't see it coming. I stayed at the edge my seat the whole time, from the very beginning. I am now hooked on Scottoline's books. I highly recommend them if you like a little suspense.
Feb 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 11, 2014 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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Lisa Scottoline is The New York Times bestselling author and Edgar award-winning author of 30 novels, including her #1 bestselling, AFTER ANNA. She also writes a weekly column with her daughter Francesca Serritella for the Philadelphia Inquirer titled “Chick Wit” which is a witty and fun take on life from a woman’s perspective. These stories, along with many other never-before-published stories, ...more
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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” 2 likes
“Jake thanked God he had a son to put to bed when he knew somewhere there was a family, right now, waiting for someone who would never come home.” 0 likes
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