Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Reviewer: Samantha

keep quietI received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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 readers and book clubs debating what it means to be a parent and how far you can, and should, go to protect those you love.


What an incredibly difficult book to put down! Scottoline delivers another bookish gem with her latest offering, having me questioning my friends and family with the “what would you do” question after giving them the awful scenario the Buckman family finds themselves in. This novel is full of secrets, twists and turns, and gripping suspense as you frantically read, hoping for a happy conclusion but knowing there is no happy ending in this case. I was on the edge of my seat at the end, and happily recommend this book. Just be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions!

5 stars

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