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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton; 1 edition (April 15 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525950608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525950608
  • ASIN: 0525950605
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 3.8 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #585,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 Paperback edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Butland on July 17 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'm not sure if it has to anything to do with my love of children or that I'm expecting my first one but Hold Tight just lept into the number one spot on my Harlan Coben favourites list. With parents of all backgrounds left wondering how far you should go to protect your family, Coben's newest characters answer a lot while leaving me questioning so much more.

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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Would you spy on your adolescent offspring if you thought she/he was in trouble? If they changed unexpectedly and shut themselves in their bedroom hooked on their PC at any given opportunity? That's what Tia and Mike have to face. Their teenage son Adam has become awfully quiet after the suicide of a friend, which is understandable. However they are convinced that there is more to his isolation and they are really worried. A decision is taken, after much debate. And as with all of Coben's books, the rollercoaster begins its crazy ascent. It doesn't stop, ascents, descents, until the very end and when you get off the imaginary seat your head is spinning! But you'll be glad to have read another brilliant book by Harlan Coben, a master of the mystery genre.
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!
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Tia and Mike Baye are worried. Since the death of their son's best friend, Spencer, Adam has become withdrawn. Something's wrong, and Tia convinces Mike to have software installed on Adam's computer so that they can try to figure out what's wrong. Mike is uneasy with this decision, for they are invading their son's privacy. Would the lack of trust tear their family apart?

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?
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By Luanne Ollivier #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on May 16 2008
Format: Hardcover
Harlan Coben is one author who is on my 'Must Read" list. His latest - Hold Tight- does not disappoint!

Tia and Mike Baye decide to 'spy' on their 16 year old son after much deliberation. Adam's best friend Spencer committed suicide and Adam himself has been distant and non communicative. They are worried about him, but also worry that they have crossed a line by 'spying' on him. They install a program on his computer that catches all keystrokes including instant messages. They are stunned when they intercept one that reads

" Just stay quiet and all safe".

Mike is a doctor and he and his partner are searching for a match for a kidney transplant for the young son of Mike's next door neighbour. All is not as it seems on the surface at this house either.

The mother of Spencer cannot accept his suicide and is constantly searching for answers as to why he killed himself. What she finds opens up the whole tragedy again.

Adam disappears - has he run away or has been abducted by the sender of the 'all safe' message? Mike tries to track him and is attacked by unknown assailants.

The local police are also dealing with the unsolved murders of two local women.

All these seemingly disparate stories come together in a way you can't imagine. Although the ending gets wrapped up a little too neatly, its still a good read.

Coben is one of the best selling thriller writers today. If you enjoy James Siegel, James Grippando, Jonathan Kellerman, or John Sandford (new one in the Prey series coming soon!) you will enjoy Coben.
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