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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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    Lucia 01-05-15
    Lucia 01-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good read"

    Very intriguing with lots of twists and turns! I really enjoyed and will be listening to more from this author.

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    Allison 01-04-15
    Allison 01-04-15 Member Since 2008

    I'm a middle school English teacher and mother of one teen girl. I tend to read paper copies of YA books and listen to books for adults.

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    "Overdramatic Narration"

    Do you remember the character J. Peterman on Seinfeld? Every word he said was accented. Each sentence was raised to the height of a melodramatic soap opera performance. That's how this entire book was narrated. Even sentences about mundane actions like driving the kids to school were read like a matter of life or death. I almost couldn't finish. Luckily Coben's characters, action, and plot lines made me have to keep going to find out what would happen next. The characters had many ethical dilemmas regarding modern technology that they had to grapple with. Questions that many of us may face ourselves. The book's story line is a bit dramatic, but I would rather have heard my own voice reading it to me from the pages.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-21-14
    Linda Tuscaloosa, AL, United States 12-21-14 Member Since 2012

    Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!

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    "Brick reading Coben equals WOW!"

    I loved this story and the narration. It is tense, suspenseful and full of characters that all come together in the end. Everything in this listen has a purpose. This story is about family...all different kinds and what people will do to protect them. Loved it!

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    Leticia Barreto 12-19-14

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    "It barely works."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because even though the individual stories were good, the transitions between those stories were not well done.


    Would you recommend Hold Tight to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't recommend this book to a friend because even though the individual stories were good, the transitions between those stories were not well done.


    What three words best describe Scott Brick’s voice?

    manly
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    Did Hold Tight inspire you to do anything?

    No. What could this book possibly inspire me to do, sell prescription drugs to minors?


    Any additional comments?

    no

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-16-14
    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Well written!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the author did a great job of introducing characters and having them all be meaningful and unforgettable. The story intertwined very nicely and held your attention throughout the book.


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

    I am not a Scott Brick fan. He sounds the same in every book for so many of the main parts that I find it hard to listen to him which is unfortunate because he narrates so many books.


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    Richard 12-16-14
    Richard 12-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Typically Terrific Coben"
    Would you listen to Hold Tight again? Why?

    I wouldn't get the kick out of it the second time


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

    Yes..it was just good story telling and eventful


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Constant, even, well acted and clear.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, both laugh and tear up a little but for personal reasons


    Any additional comments?

    Coben has the touch...he makes me think of myself as a teen and raising my kids as well..
    His Sports references are on the money and his grasp of the events of the day around all of us just makes for "can't put it down" value.
    Loved the listen!

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    Lorrie H 11-29-14
    Lorrie H 11-29-14
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    "Family first!"

    Interesting storyline about teenagers coming to term with life and just how far parents should go to protect them. Really liked the main characters and the realistic emotions faced by them and their families.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 09-26-14
    MARYANNE EDEN, UT, United States 09-26-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Troubles Abound"

    Everyone has an issue, everyone has something to hide. This book includes teen suicide, bullying, prescription drugs, chronically ill children, runaways. It also has loving families who no longer know what to do, marriages built on lies, empty nest syndrome. You will ride along with characters who are strong and broken at the same time. Harlan Coben's books seem to have multiple plots which twist and wind together throughout the book, making any big reveal a truth you may not have considered. Despite the tragic themes, this book was a great listen and of course, Scott Brick brings it to life!

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    catherine farrington MANCHESTER, NH, US 09-23-14
    catherine farrington MANCHESTER, NH, US 09-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Disappointed"
    Would you try another book from Harlan Coben and/or Scott Brick?

    I usually enjoy this author, however this one was disappointing. The plot was very contrived, the characters not fully developed, and the ending just a little too neat.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Harlan Coben again?

    I'm not sure I would, after listening to this one


    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    I hated this narrator, and have listened to him in the past, putting up with him because I really liked the authors.. but that won't happen again. Scott Brick is over melodramatic, so much so that he spoils the dramatic parts of the book. Scott Brick went to the William Shatner school of over-emoting, where every sentence is delivered in breathless, dramatic and unnecessary tone.


    Was Hold Tight worth the listening time?

    I only finished it, because I had nothing else on my player at the time


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Olga 06-28-14
    Olga 06-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Kept me guessing!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Hold Tight to be better than the print version?

    Probably, the narrator was great.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way everything ties in at the end.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Great voice and character interpretation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    So you think you know your child


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! The plot kept me guessing and tied in nicely at the end. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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