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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. Parents will find this compulsive page-turner from Edgar-winner Coben (The Woods) particularly unnerving. A sadistic killer is at play in suburban Glen Rock, N.J., outside New York City, but somehow he's less frightening than the more mundane problems that send ordinary lives into chaos. How do you weigh a child's privacy against a parent's right to know? How do you differentiate normal teenage rebelliousness from out-of-control behavior? When and how do you intervene if suicidal signs appear? Other issues include single parenting; career versus family; marital honesty; and how much information you should share with a child at what age. Coben plucks each of these strings like a virtuoso as Mike and Tia Baye try to deal with the increasing withdrawal of their 16-year-old son, Adam, after a friend's suicide. A pair of brutal, seemingly senseless killings, punctuate the unfolding domestic troubles that ratchet up the tension and engulf the Baye family, their friends and neighbors in a web of increasing tragedy. The this could be me factor lends poignancy to the thrills and chills. (Apr.)
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“A thriller for the Google era.” — The New York Times
“Taut and slick...a page-turner.” — Associated Press
“Relying more on psychological terror than gratuitous violence, Coben makes the normal terrifying…In Hold Tight, [he] surpasses even his own best work." — Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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How far is too far when it comes to your children? Tia and Mike Baye, parents of two, feel they did everything right until their son's friend commits suicide and their own son turns...
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As if Mike Baye isn't dealing with enough, he also learns that Lucas Loriman, the sweet kid who grew up next door, is in urgent need of a kidney transplant. As the boy's doctor, Mike suddenly finds himself in possession of an explosive secret that threatens to rip the Loriman family apart at the seams.
Nearby, while browsing through an online memorial for Spencer, Betsy Hill discovers a surprising detail about the night of her son's death. Before she can find out more, Adam disappears, taking the truth with him and sending shockwaves through the neighborhood.
As the lives of these families collide in tragic, unexpected, and violent ways, long-hidden connections in their small suburb begin to work their way to the surface. And when an unidentified Jane Doe is beaten to death not far away, those connections threaten to turn this quiet community upside down--and force these desperate parents to decide whether there is any line they won't cross to protect those they love most in the world.
I haven't picked up a Coben book for a fair few years, before last month, a bit like buses you wait for ages then 2 come along together.
Enjoyable but it didn't rock my world.Read more ›
I would recommend this book not just for the entertainment, but also for the issue raised about "spying" on your kids when you think they are in trouble. Right or wrong? Should we respect their privacy and not snoop around? Should we disregard it totally and "go behind their backs"? Excellent questions, which created a lively conversation during our book club, with a variety of answers & mixed feelings. Interesting!
Tia prints out the report from Adam's computer and goes through it. The cryptic message - "just stay quiet an all safe" - is alarming to both, Tia and Mike. Stay quiet? Why? What's going on? They decide they have to do something. One e-mail on Adam's computer is talking about a party, a party that Mike and Tia do not want Adam attending. With the idea of stopping him, Mike tells Adam that they're going to a hockey game with, but Adam doesn't show up. He's taken off, and his parents are desperate to find him.
Tia and Mike's daughter, Jill, is friends with Yasmin Novak. Yasmin has become an angry and hurt little girl; her teacher, Joe Lewiston, made the mistake of singling her out in class, and now she is incessantly being made fun of.
Joe Lewiston is sorry for what he's done, no one understands how sorry. And now he's become jumpy, going so far as to change the password on his wife's e-mail account so that she doesn't see what's being sent to her.
Yasmin's father, Guy, has taken to driving by the Lewiston's home, slowing down as he goes by.
They Bayes neighbors are having a rough time. Their ten-year-old son is sick and needs a kidney transplant. Now, usually the father is the perfect match, but after tests are run, not only is he not a match, he isn't the biological father. What secret is Susan Loriman hiding?Read more ›
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I've read a few novels by this author and I liked most of them. This was another good one -- with a good. Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2013 by Pat the cat
Good thriller, all the stuff is in place. However, I've recently read Linwood Barclay's Fear the Worst, which copies a lot of the ingredients here, especially the missing child... Read morePublished on May 12 2010 by Rodge
An intricate plot with compelling characters in a believeable modern world, Coben provided a great read.Published on Nov. 1 2008 by Elliott Graven