Code of Silence
Shoemaker, Tim. Code of Silence. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, c2013. 346 pages. Book 1 of Code of Silence series.
From the publisher: "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. 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."
If I had been thinking about it when I began reading this book, I would have said the boys would never read it because of it's Christian message, thinking it might be preachy. It was far from it, but the message was still clear. Caught up in a situation that gets worse each day, the three boys struggle to figure out what to do. There is lots of action and suspense and I think boys WILL like it and eager to read the two following novels, Back Before Dark and Below the Surface.
This book is on the Iowa Teen Award reading list for 2015-2016. Review by Mrs. Belknap