Book Review: Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

Keep QuietWhat’s it about?

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.

My thoughts

Just how far do you go to cover up the choices that you make in split seconds and under extreme circumstances – this was the predominant basis of the book and for the most part made for a good read.

The author could have probably stuck with this original idea but does go on to introduce additional plot lines which at times make for a less than believable tale (thinking the blackmail, self investigation bits).

Some of the characters were flawed and not the easiest to connect with; such as Pam, I found her to be a rather annoying over-bearing mother who didn’t like to cut her family a break and I didn’t find her dialogue appealing. I thought that Jake and Ryan’s characters were written ok initially and I could feel their angst and guilt, however Jake’s actions later do become questionable.

The twist at the end surprised me, disappointed me a little and also felt familiar in that I may have read or watched something similar.

I liked it but didn’t love it but it’s still a fast paced tale of a hit and run and its ensuing consequences for the people involved in a small community. The guilt, the moral and legal dilemmas which forces the reader to question what would you do?

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