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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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    J. 07-04-13
    J. 07-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Unrealistic even for fiction"

    The root of this story was lost in all the unrealistic elements even for fiction of this story. There were good elements and the general concern of the parent/child relationship which unfortunately seems to be norm now a days.

    It was an okay listen although doubt I will purchase this author again.

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    Wozzek 07-03-13
    Wozzek 07-03-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Overrated. Save your credit."
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick's narration was OK, you could tell he was as bored with this one as I was.


    Has Hold Tight turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just the author. It's like betting at the $100 window at the race track and getting a $2 payoff. The story is weak and tying up the loose ends left me wondering if it was 2 stories patched together.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The story moved at a glacial pace, was overly talky and lacked substance.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It forced one to to look at the difficulty of raising teens, but that's not what I had hoped for, like maybe some suspense?


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, the author goes from one scene to the next without heads ups like chapter numbers or some form of transition to alert listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Randy 06-06-13
    Randy 06-06-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Not typical Harlan Coben"
    What disappointed you about Hold Tight?

    The story drags terribly in the beginning and it became a chore to complete. It seemed like they the main characters lost the ability to be rational beyond what is believable.


    What could Harlan Coben have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have the teenage boy act like a teenager instead of masking everything to where everyone in the book is irrational.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending was the best but unbelievable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hold Tight?

    No one would run into a dead end alley without more care than was displayed.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the money is correct but what is so bad is actually completing the book knowing it would never get better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 05-28-13
    Denise Raleigh, NC, United States 05-28-13 Member Since 2008

    Addicted to Audible - I listen to at least three books a month while I'm out walking. I'm a motivational speaker based in North Carolina.

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    "What Might Have Been"

    I really liked the premise of this book - kids and parents and computing. How worried the parents are and the moral choices they must make. But I found the unrealistic intertwining of the lives of all the characters too contrived. At the end I remember thinking, "Are you kidding me? This could have been so good!!!"

    That said, it will probably be made into a movie. Isn't that why we all read? Most movies these days stink.

    This book could have been great.

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    Maria 04-11-13
    Maria 04-11-13 Member Since 2011
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    "“SO MANY TWIST AND TURNS”"

    ….I think I got whiplash.

    The author skillfully interconnects the lives of several people within a suburban community. It’s almost seems as if you are reading two stories at the same time. The author did an outstanding job of bring them together to create an engaging, fast-pace, suspenseful drama.

    There was another review that stated “At the book's conclusion he inserts a final twist that borders on the preposterous.” Not to give anything away, but there was a scene that took place in the basement that I thought “really”. However, the actual end of the story I thought was great, very unpredictable. For me, if I can guess the ending, then I’m very disappointed. But I would never have put the ending together. So I guess it a matter of preference.

    For me, books that evoke thought, emotional out burst, and verbal outrage, are some of the best-written words out there. The author introduces, though the mind of one of the character, some psychological theories that might make you go …umm! The point being it evoke thought. This is a great read!!!

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    James carbondale, CO, United States 03-21-13
    James carbondale, CO, United States 03-21-13
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    "more of a daytime soap than I thought it would be"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I thought that the story was overly dramatic, just about every character had some dark secret or some sinister side. Seems like dramatic pauses were written in and expected to be observed. The story was also very negative, it always seemed like everyone was always thinking that they were going to get beat up and lose their lunch money, so why try, just really a pessimestic feel.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Probably a Brice Cortney. I'd love a light and funny read, still trying to find one


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The orator was well read, understandable and he did the characters justice, but he also was overly dramatic. It fit with the book and the dialog, one could feel the negative comming from him, so I guess that he did a good job with the material.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    That's one of the problems I had with it, after I had listened to one book after this one, I had to really concentrate on what this book was about. My mind purged it just after listening to it. Hate to be so harsh but I had the feel of watching the Fat kid sitting alone waiting to be picked for a dodge ball team,knowing that he was the penalty to the team who had to have him.


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    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 03-18-13
    Ralph Foster City, CA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2001
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    "Weakest Coben Book"

    I was disappointed in this book. I have enjoyed Coben's other work; however, this book should have been edited to half its length. I found myself constantly anticipating obvious and unnecessary dialog: frequently a character says the same thing at lest two different ways in case you missed the point.

    The story was OK -- not great.

    Many other reviewers criticized the narrator but I thought that Scott Brick did a good job.

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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 03-07-13
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 03-07-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too many sub-plots to keep straight."

    This is the second Harlan Coben book I have tried and I believe it will be my last. This had far too many sub-plots going on to keep straight. It may have been a better choice to read vs listening to so that you could go back and refresh your memory on who all the characters were.
    It felt like some of the minor characters were thrown in and not explained well enough to understand their purpose.
    Not a very satisifying listen at all.

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    maryann United States 01-24-13
    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!


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