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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.
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