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
"Parents will find this compulsive page-turner from Edgar-winner Coben...particularly unnerving." (Publishers Weekly)
I love how there are so many different stories and how they all come together and are related to each other.
Hard to pick a favorite, but I guess it would be Mike and how he will do anything to save his son.
Although a work of fiction, so much of this novel rings true...Teenagers reveal so much of themselves through social networking.
I found myself sitting in my parked car in front of my house because I couldn't stop listening!
Kept my interest
It told about somthing that is probably happening in our back yard.
When Adam decided to come forward
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.
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.
Sure! He gives a nice performance. Makes the story alive!
A good thing to kill time when on a treadmill or jogging or in traffic commute.
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!
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.
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.
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
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
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