Review – Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline

imageLooking at other reviewers it seems that many who know this author disliked this book and feel it is not up to her usual standard. This is my first book by Scottoline and, with no comparison to make, I enjoyed it.

Jake and his son, Ryan, are driving home. Ryan asks his dad if he can drive part of the way and, even though Ryan’s provisional licence doesn’t allow him to drive at night, Jake agrees. This becomes the worst decision of jake’s life when an accident occurs and a young woman is killed. things go from bad to worse when Ryan then owns up to a further misdemeanour which would make him even more guilty in the eye of the law. It’s a moral dilemma and Jake has to decide if and what to tell the police without ruining his son’s career prospects and life. They can be honest or they can simply drive away.

Of course an attempt to cover things of this nature should never even be considered as an option and so begins a catalogue of lie upon lie to keep up a pretence that even Jake and his son do not know the full truth of.

What I liked was the pace and the skilful build up as one lie led to another. Jake’s business and relationships begin to suffer, and his wife, who is a judge, is not easily fooled. The ending was good for me. I hadn’t seen that way out of things and hadn’t guessed the outcome.

There were some things I didn’t like. Jake’s wife, Pam, is, as previously stated, a well respected judge and, as such, a busy career woman. She seems like a caring mother but very controlling, on the one hand marvelling that their son is planning his first proper date but then checking up on his homework, on his attendance at classes and generally speaking to him and about him as if he were an infant. Jake seems also to buy into this brand of parenting and but I didn’t. It just didn’t seem real to me.

Also, in her effort to properly convey just what a massive shock and after effects this accident caused to both Jake and his son, the author resorted to very repetitive dialogue.

Ryan!

Dad, you have to listen!

You have to listen to me!

No, Dad, I killed her!

There was a LOT of this. Possibly, not more than would happen in real life, but maybe too much for the fictional representation of real life. I understand that the author wouldn’t want us to think that after the initial shock the two were blasé about the whole thing but the repetition could be tedious when, as a reader I already knew what father and son were going through.

Having said that, I was interested and entertained by Keep Quiet and if this really is her worst book I am expecting some very good reading from her other books.

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