Keep Quiet

Contemporary Fiction 2*'s

How did I get it?:
Bookbridgr- thanks to them!


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.


This book left me with very mixed feelings because whilst I thought it was easy and engaging to read, I also thought it was incredibly exaggerated and predictable. I can imagine that many readers would enjoy reading this book, particularly fans of Jodi Picoult who also writes about moral dilemmas.

I think the premise of this book is particularly intriguing and that’s what drew me to it. It follows Jake and his son Ryan who are involved in an incident. The incident happens early on, and from then on the reader follows Jake and Ryan and Jake’s wife, Pam, as they try to hide a massive secret. The moral dilemma is intriguing- how far would you go to protect your child?

I do like a book with a moral dilemma. I’m always interested to see how the characters deal with it. I particularly liked the relationship between Ryan and Jake, even though they’re not the most likeable characters that I’ve read. I think the problem with this book, for me, was that it was too exaggerated. Some of the conversations seemed repetitive and it took ages to get to some action. There were some twists and turns throughout the story, but if you’re looking for them to be plausible then you might be a little disappointed.

Yet, somehow this isn’t a book I gave up on. Something pulled me in and wanted to know how it ended, so for me it wasn’t a really bad read. It’s just not something that I’d revisit. I like my stories to be more pacey and plausible.

Would I recommend it?
For some… 2.5/3 stars!

This book would totally work for some readers. I recommend it if you love stories with moral dilemmas, just don’t expect it to be believable!

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