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Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Keep Quiet

Yesterday I finished Keep Quiet, the latest novel by one of my favorite authors, Lisa Scottoline. This book is about Jake, a father who’s looking to get closer to his son. Despite his good intentions, he makes a decision that could tear his family apart.

While I’ve only read a few of her books up to this point, this is easily my favorite novel by Lisa Scottoline. Right from the start I was asking myself, what would I do in this situation? And I cared about the welfare of the protagonist and his family the entire time. One of the reasons for this is because Scottoline does an excellent job of conveying emotion through her believable dialogue. She also knows how to ratchet up the tension by throwing seemingly insurmountable challenges in front of the protagonist, which kept me on the edge of my seat right up until the end.

Speaking of the ending, there are a couple twists in the latter half of the book that caught me by surprise. And unlike some novels that leave readers with a bad taste in their mouths – I’m looking at you Gone GirlKeep Quiet features a satisfying conclusion that ties everything together nicely.

If you’re a fan of thrillers, mysteries or just well-told, unpredictable stories, read Keep Quiet. It’s Lisa Scottoline at her finest, which is something no one should pass up.

Book Synopsis

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.

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6 thoughts on “Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

  1. YAY!!! Thanks so much for this great review! Love, Lisa xoxoxo

  2. Tom Sawyer on said:

    Michael:

    Nice review of Lisa’s latest.

    Also, double-checking (NOT noodging): did you receive a copy of *CROSS PURPOOSES*?

    Best, Tom http://www.ThomasBSawyer.com

    *CROSS PURPOSES The First Barney Moon Thriller!*

    • Yes I did, Tom. Thanks again for having it sent my way. I can’t wait to read it!

      On a related note, I’m going to email you shortly about meeting up at ThrillerFest.

      Talk to you soon!

  3. Amy Bellcourt on said:

    Michael, she’s one of my favorite authors and I have actually read all of her books. So happy to hear Keep Quiet is so good and I can’t wait until my local library tells me it’s ready for me to pick up!

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