Hold Tight

Mike held his son’s hand and told him to “hold tight,” and he could feel the little hand dig into his but the crush got bigger and the little hand slipped from his and Mike felt that horrible panic, as if a wave hit them at the beach and it was washing his baby out with the tide. The separation lasted only a few seconds, ten at the most, but Mike would never forget the spike in his blood and the terror of those brief few moments. Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they’d become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill - the latest in a string of issues at school - they can’t help but worry. They install a sophisticated spy program on Adam’s computer, and within days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son: “Just stay quiet and all safe.” Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for Spencer put together by his classmates, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son’s death…and he wasn’t alone. She thinks it is Adam Baye standing just outside the camera’s range; but when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community. For Tia and Mike Baye, the question they must answer is this: When it comes to your kids, is it possible to know too much?

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By James (Scottsdale, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · February 20, 2013
Over the last few years, Harlan Coben has pretty much cornered the market on the middle-class suburban New Jersey family thriller genre.

Hold Tight explores a number of difficult issues that confront lots of families, including the matter of how to balance parental oversight with giving your child... ...more
By Celia (Brisbane, Australia) · ★☆☆☆☆ · January 22, 2009
Very mediocre thriller. Ridiculous plot (the "crazed" killer was laughable), and very cardboard characters - the parents trying to decide in a very stagey way whether or not to install spy software on their son's computer and then discovering a strange exchange of instant messages, the bitch lawy... ...more
By A.J. (Kunming, China, China) · ★★☆☆☆ · June 17, 2008
When Alfred Hitchcock said that whodunnits can basically be summed up in an epilogue, he wasn't exaggerating.

I've tried, my friends––I've tried so hard to accept the mystery/thriller genre. I've taken classes, read the best authors, examined everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Elmore Leonard. I fi... ...more
By Arnis (Limbazi, Latvia) · ★★★☆☆ · April 15, 2015
By Chuck (Corpus Christi, TX) · ★★★★★ · March 01, 2010
Yes, this is me, not writing on a fantasy novel.

I've actually, I think, read all of Coben's novels. He is the the author of the everyday, writing characters who lead lives like yours and mine. He also explores how fragile our everyday lives are--how our dedication to lives and family and childre... ...more
By Sean (Saint Helier, 00, The United Kingdom) · ★★★★☆ · January 07, 2015
Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-year-old son Adam has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate Spencer Hill - the latest in a string of issues at school - they can't help but wo... ...more
By Denise (Phoenix, AZ) · ★★★☆☆ · March 15, 2009
There must be a trend now in new novels to expose the horrors of the technological age, and this one is no exception. I rarely read them if I can help it, but I decided to give this one a try since I have liked Harlan Coben's books in the past.

I finished it in one reading. It wasn't as bad as som... ...more
By Chris (The United States) · ★★☆☆☆ · October 21, 2009
I’m fully aware that I often need a good, swift kick in the ass, but seldom do I realize it so fully when I state that I treasure my time living this humdrum life above anything else on this planet, and proceed to squander it by reading something like Harlan Coben’s Hold Tight. Worse yet, I’ve go... ...more
By Ian (The United Kingdom) · ★★★☆☆ · May 04, 2009
Breathless is the word that I would use to describe this. Coben has carved a niche on the holiday/plane thriller and delivers another book that ticks all the boxes, provided you dont think about things too much.

As with much of his work, it starts with a computer. Mike and Tia load spying software... ...more
By Lain (Lexington, MA) · ★★★★☆ · August 13, 2008
Wow, wow, WOW! I challenge anyone to begin this book and then manage to put it down before the very end. Reading it is like eating Lay's potato chips... you can't read just one (page, that is!).

Gripping, exciting, interesting, unique... what appears to be two or three separate stories weave in,... ...more