Code Of Silence

Monday, July 16, 2012
“This is about our survival. I say we make a three-way promise not to tell a soul about this?” “Like a pact?” “Right. A code we all agree to live by. A Code of Silence.”

Book: Code Of Silence by Tim Shoemaker, Zondervan Publishers, 2012

Genre: Mystery/Realistic Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 14-18
Subjects: Fear, Trust, Truth
Summary: Fear now rules Cooper’s life. Fear that he’ll be found out. Fear that he and all those he loves will soon be dead. Thirteen year old Cooper and his two friends witnessed a brutal murder. In an attempt to escape, the murders discovered who he was. He escaped, but the murders were in disguises – including part of a police uniform – and now Cooper has no idea who to trust. He makes Gordy and Hiro swear to keep silent about what they saw in hopes that the bad guys will never find them. But the lies he has to tell to keep from revealing the truth just grow larger and larger as time goes on. Soon he has pushed away everyone who cares about him and is simply running in terror of being discovered. Is there any way to get back to normal without risking his life?
Notes: This story explores the effects a lie has on a person’s life. Three young teenagers attempt to lie in order to save their lives, but the cost of the lie continues to increase. The characters are portrayed as Christians but Cooper doesn’t trust God to help him enough to tell the truth. He begs God to take away the problem altogether, but until he reaches the end of his strength, he doesn’t surrender to God and agree to pursue truth, no matter what the cost.
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 34:12-13 – Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies


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