Book Review – Code of Silence

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Code of Silence by Tim Shoemaker

Summary:

Telling the Truth Could Get Them Killed. Remaining Silent Could Be Worse.

When Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery that leaves a man in a coma, they find themselves tangled in a web of mystery and deceit that threatens their lives. After being seen by the criminals—who may also be cops—Cooper makes everyone promise never to reveal what they have seen. Telling the truth could kill them. But remaining silent means an innocent man takes the fall and a friend never receives justice.

Is there ever a time to lie? And what happens when the truth is dangerous?

The three friends, trapped in a code of silence, must face the consequences of choosing right or wrong when both options have their price.

Review:

I absolutely loved this middle-grade book. Cooper and his two friends witness a crime. Afraid that the perpetrators will track them down they make a pact—the Code of Silence. They believe by keeping silent, they will stay safe and protect those that are suddenly in danger. But as they continue this agreement, the lies they must tell, continue to grow ultimately threatening their friendships.

This book has so many amazing discussion topics. As a reader, you sympathize with Cooper and his decisions, but they bring up some fantastic moral dilemmas. Is it okay to lie? Is keeping silent different than being untruthful? What would we do in a similar situation when things aren’t always so black and white? What do we do when we aren’t sure who we can trust?

Throughout the difficult moments, Cooper and his friends continue to pray and try to do the right thing. This exciting, action-packed story is the first in a series.

A Note From the Reviewer:

As a writer and a mother, I’m always searching for wonderful Christian books for teens of all ages. I truly believe one way we can encourage teens in their faith is through fiction with positive messages, embedded in great stories. There are many fantastic Christian and Catholic teen novels out today but they can be hard to find. I’m excited to share some of these books with you.

Leslea Wahl

www.LesleaWahl.com

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