4-30-curlupandread-001-framed-book-beginnings2friday 56

Welcome to some bookish fun today as we share Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and as we showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

If you have been wanting to participate, but haven’t yet tried, now is the time! 

What better way to spend a Friday?

Today’s featured book is one that just arrived in my mailbox this week, but I can’t wait to read it!  Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottoline, is the story of a father’s split-second decision and the devastating consequences that follow.




Beginning:  Jake Buckman knew his son had a secret, because his wife told him so.  They didn’t know what it was but they suspected it was about a girl, since Ryan had been texting non-stop and dressing better for school, which meant he actually cared if his jeans were clean.  Jake wished he and his son were closer, but it was probably too late to turn it around.


56:  “They were gathering evidence when I left.  No suspects yet, in case you were wondering.”

Jake should have been wondering, but he was still thinking about Kathleen.  He flashed on her bloodied face, for the umpteenth time.


Amazon Description:  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.


I’m eager to read this one.  What do you think?  I hope you’ll stop by and share your thoughts…and your links.





    1. What I admire most about Scottoline is the variety of her books, from suspense to memoirs. And in the middle are the ones like this one: family drama with all of the secrets and fears. Thanks for stopping by, Joy…hope you do enjoy this one if you read it.


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