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Keep Quiet – Lisa Scottoline

Contemporary Fiction 2*'s
Contemporary Fiction

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 falls apart and Jake decides the best course of action is to continue the journey home and leave the dead girl by the side of the road. I like books where there is the possibility of asking ‘What would I do?’ and the first section was a realistic scenario to allow me to do so.

Unfortunately Lisa Scottoline has a tendency to over-egg the situation, there were endless paragraphs where both Ryan and Jake ruminated over what had happened in fairly banal language which didn’t appear to reflect any true emotion partly due to the style of the writing. I’m not a fan of endless dialogue in books partly because unless carefully handled there is strong likelihood that it will sound false and in Keep Quiet none of what I read reflected any conversation that I’ve heard between a father and his son:

On the way home, Jake had laid down the law to his son.
Ryan, don’t tell Mom. Never, ever.
Dad, I never would. Are you insane?
I mean it. No matter what. You know what she’d do. She’d have to.
Dad, I swear, I won’t tell. Mom. I won’t tell anybody.

The reason why Ryan couldn’t tell his mother, Pam was because she’s a judge and a top-ranking one at that so not only had the accident killed a girl, would ruin Ryan’s life with a potential prison sentence it also would kill Pam’s career, like the author, I’m just making sure you’re keeping up. It soon becomes apparent that Pam and Jake were already locked into a who’s the better parent competition even before the accident, with Pam taking the lead position of course, and this intensifies as Jake lies appallingly and Ryan goes rapidly off the rails as the news of the girl’s death is absorbed by the community.

As a moral tale of the old adage ‘What a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive’ as predictably more lies are required to cover the first one until it looks like there is no hiding place for the family and Lisa Scottoline provides many twists and turns before arriving at her rather unrealistic finale.

Lisa Scottoline’s books have been likened to Jodi Picoult’s and I can see the basic similarities are there in that this is an issue led book with a moral dilemma at its heart but Keep Quiet doesn’t have that level of sophistication caused mainly by the endless reinforcement of points the author doesn’t want the reader to miss, a technique that I frankly find annoying, I like authors who trust their readers to make up their own minds, especially about their characters which in this case lacked any real substance.

I’d like to thank Amazon Vine for giving me the opportunity to read this book in return for this honest review. Keep Quiet is due to be published on 20 November 2014.

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WWW Wednesday (October 29)

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Hosted by Miz B at Should be Reading

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am currently reading Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline which is proving to be a thought-provoking read.

Keep Quiet


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.
How much should a parent sacrifice for their child?
And could any family survive the burden of such a terrible secret? Amazon

I have just finished The Night Hunter by Caro Ramsay which is part of the Anderson and Costello series set in Glasgow, however this one has a main protagonist of Elvira, a girl whose sister Sophie has been missing for 57 days. Elvira is desperate to find out what happened to her and to other girls who disappeared in similar circumstances.

Click on the (scary) book cover to read my review

The Night Hunter

Next I am going to have a total change of pace and read Hello From the Gillespies by Monica McInerney

Hello from the Gillispies


Angela finally started the letter, summoning her usual cheery tone. Then she stopped.
Her friend Joan’s voice suddenly came to her mind, as if she was standing there beside her.
‘Go for it, love! Let it rip! Tell the truth! It’s good for you.’
She actually laughed out loud. Tell the truth? How could she?
Angela stared at the screen for a long moment. Then she started a new letter, typing faster than she’d ever typed before…

Angela Gillespie has been pretending that her family is perfect for the last 30 years. And she is tired of it. This year she needs to tell it how it is.
Angela’s husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend. With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela’s real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her too truthful Christmas letter keep coming, perhaps she should have been careful what she wished for. . . NetGalley

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