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Jake Buckman (Male), Accountant, Married, Father, Has an uneasy relationship with his 16-year-old son; lets his son drive home one night and they get into a car accident that kills a girl from Jake's son's school; makes a split-decision that changes everyhing
Fathers and sons
Hit-and-run deaths
Automobile accidents
Family relationships
Family secrets
Teenage boys
Time Period
2000s -- 21st century
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  Library Journal Review

A casual decision by a father-letting his teenage son drive on a lonely stretch of road-has horrific consequences for his family. When tragedy strikes Jake Buckman and his 16-year-old son, Ryan, they realize just how much split-second decisions can shape the future and how much they'll have to fight to keep their family intact. This fast-paced thriller keeps the reader engaged until the very end. Narrator Ron Livingston is less successful in making transitions between the narration and the two main male characters. His performance is muddy and overwrought at times. VERDICT Overall, recommended with slight reservations. For thriller and family drama listeners. ["Scottoline (Don't Go) has written another winning novel of unparalleled suspense. Fans of psychological suspense and family dynamics will want to snap this one up," read the starred review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ Xpress Reviews, 3/21/14.]-J. Sara Paulk, Wythe-Grayson Regional Lib., Independence, VA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

The latest standalone novel from New York Times best-selling author Scottoline explores the relationship between father and son in the aftermath of 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 woman jogger with the car and his father, foreseeing the potential of his son ruined promising 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. Agent: Molly Friedrich, Friedrich Literary Agency. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
A New York Times Bestselling Author Jake Whitmore is enjoying a rare bonding moment with his sixteen-year-old son, Ryan, when disaster strikes. A terrible car accident threatens to derail Ryan's entire future. Jake makes a split-second decision that saves his son from formal punishment, but plunges them both into a world of guilt, lies, and secrecy. And just when Jake thinks he has everything under control, someone comes forward with the power to expose his secret . . .
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