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!


What I’m Reading Wednesday- The one where I’m joined by Alex Bell

Today, I am joined by the lovely Alex Bell, author of The Ninth Circle, Jasmyn, Lex Trent Versus The Gods and Lex Trent: Fighting With Fire. Alex’s most recent release (which is available on Amazon) is:

Frozen Charlotte

To read my review, please click on the book image!

Red Eye is the killer new YA series from Stripes Publishing. It is described as a fusion of pop culture, violence and technology, giving horror a contemporary feel.

Many thanks to Alex for answering the WWW Wednesday questions with me!

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Click on the book cover to get to the Goodreads page for the book.

What are you currently reading?

Butter  18047651

ALEX: Butter by Erin Lange – I’m only a few chapters in but I’m really enjoying this book so far.

CHRISSI: I’m reading The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton for part of my ‘Talking About’ feature with Beth. I’m about 150 pages through so far and it’s been a bit slow, but it’s intriguing.

What did you recently finish reading?

The Zig Zag Girl Keep Quiet

ALEX: The Zig Zag Girl by Elly Griffiths – I don’t read all that many crime books but I loved the premise for this one – 1950s post-war Brighton plus stage magicians and murder. Highly recommended.

CHRISSI: I recently finished Lisa Scottoline’s Keep Quiet. Hmmm… I have very mixed feelings about this book. I shall try and write a review for it soon. I thought it was incredibly melodramatic.

What do you think you’ll read next?

The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #1)  There Will Be Lies

ALEX: Next on my enormous pile is The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg – this looks magical and unlike anything I’ve read before.  (Chrissi: Ooh, I want to read this Alex!)

CHRISSI: Next up for me is There Will Be Lies by Nick Lake. I picked up this book a while ago and I’m only just getting around to it! Oops. It looks like it’ll be an interesting, hopefully thrilling read!

*The Red Eye Blog Tour will visit Bookaholic Confessions tomorrow*

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to answer the questions yourself! Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #92

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodreads page!

Hot Key Books:

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I received these two books from Hot Key Books, so many thanks to them! Shiver The Whole Night Through looks incredibly intriguing. I’m also interested to read something else from E.Lockhart!



My copy has a different cover (it’s better- sorry!) Keep Quiet looks like a great moral dilemma read! Thank you to Bookbridgr for my copy!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!