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Hold Tight | [Harlan Coben]

Hold Tight

Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their 16-year-old son, Adam, has been unusually distant lately, and after the suicide of his classmate, Spencer Hill 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, 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.

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Publisher's Summary

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, 10 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 16-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?

©2008 Harlan Coban; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Parents will find this compulsive page-turner from Edgar-winner Coben...particularly unnerving." (Publishers Weekly)

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    maryann United States 01-24-13
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    "Love Harlen Coben"
    What did you love best about Hold Tight?

    I love how there are so many different stories and how they all come together and are related to each other.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to pick a favorite, but I guess it would be Mike and how he will do anything to save his son.


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    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-12-12
    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 09-12-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Anyone who has kids with computers must read!"
    Where does Hold Tight rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Although a work of fiction, so much of this novel rings true...Teenagers reveal so much of themselves through social networking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I found myself sitting in my parked car in front of my house because I couldn't stop listening!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 06-12-12
    Sandra 06-12-12 Member Since 2010

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    "great story for the car"
    If you could sum up Hold Tight in three words, what would they be?

    Kept my interest


    What did you like best about this story?

    It told about somthing that is probably happening in our back yard.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    Tia


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Adam decided to come forward


    Any additional comments?

    no

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    Przemyslaw Chicago, IL, United States 12-20-11
    Przemyslaw Chicago, IL, United States 12-20-11
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    "Captivating, suspenseful and down to earth."
    Where does Hold Tight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It kept me hooked up to the very end without loosing interests. Each time i came back to listening to it, it was effortless and pleasant. When I drove it kept me going... I did not even mind the traffic and all that what you hate when you drive to work in Chicago.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The plot was not that complex but it was dynamic enough to make it a good audio book. Too complex plots are, are more often than not, unsuitable for audio books. You don't get lost in this story.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Sure! He gives a nice performance. Makes the story alive!


    Any additional comments?

    A good thing to kill time when on a treadmill or jogging or in traffic commute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celeste Mathieson GROVE CITY, PA, US 12-23-10
    Celeste Mathieson GROVE CITY, PA, US 12-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Unbelievable"

    Wow, it was not what I thought it was going to be. I kept wondering how is all this going to connect? And then when it did. Wow!

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    Amazon Customer 12-21-10
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    "Fantastic book"

    This was my first Harlan Coben book and, as a parent, I found the premise both challenging and thought-provoking, while as an educator I continue to be astonished at how few parents realize how vulnerable their children are to online predators. This book demonstrated how children are usually much more technologically savvy than those who are charged with protecting them, while having fewer skills to recognize when they are being controlled and/or manipulated by others (making them doubly defenseless). The story line was believable and current, the characters seemed real, and the ethical issues as seen from the viewpoint of parents, their children, their friends, and law enforcement kept me thinking about the story (and each individual's pressures and choices) long after I finished "reading" the book. I will definitely be reading more of his books.

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    Novia Lewisville, TX, United States 11-07-10
    Novia Lewisville, TX, United States 11-07-10
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    "Great Read"

    I'm not really sure why people dis Scott Brick. I enjoy his narration.

    This was a great book. I do agree that the last 20 minutes was a bit on the 'slow' side, but I appreciate that nothing was left hanging, and that last 20 minutes made sure there were no loose ends hanging.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amy Louisville, KY, United States 09-11-10
    Amy Louisville, KY, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved it!!!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It kept my interest the whole book. I do recommend this book.

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    Karen Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada 04-24-10
    Karen Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada 04-24-10
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    "Provacative story"

    I enjoyed the story very much. I thought it was quite insightful of love, trust and the unexpected turns fate can have in lives. Well worth reading

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    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 05-25-09
    Mari Cleveland Heights, OH, United States 05-25-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Coben's Weakest"

    Even in escapist thrillers (and I do love a good mystery, thriller and even the occasional Stephen King escape), you need characters you can care about. I suppose if you find helicopter parents and their spoiled, self-involved children compelling, you will enjoy this. I did not

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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