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.
The latest standalone novel from New York Times best-selling author Scottoline explores the relationship between father and son in the aftermath of a deadly hit and run. Jake Buckman worries that he can't compete with girls, Facebook and Jay-Z for the affection of his 16-year-old son, Ryan. "No father could," he tells himself, "least of all an accountant." In a bid to win over his son, Jake allows Ryan to drive his Audi one dark night. Ryan hits a jogger with the car and his father, foreseeing the potential of his son ruined by a vehicular manslaughter charge, decides they should run. Their secret seems safe, if excruciating to bear, until an unlikely bad guy, a "dweeby IT guy who codes all day" demands $250,000 in exchange for photo evidence that proves Ryan killed the jogger. Before Jake can pay, the IT guy turns up dead. The pace of the novel accelerates from here through under-age and extra-marital sex, set-ups and cover-ups, and more murders both attempted and completed. Twists and turns of the high drama plot come at the expense of character development but excitement builds nonetheless.