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)
Perhaps not being a parent made this story easier for me to bear, to not internalize the story so deeply. There is much sadness and fear and existential angst in this book. It's a story about every day people coping with every day stuff. There is a twist thrown in with the murderer but aside from that, the conflicts and questions are those that we all deal with - how many secrets are there between those who love each other, how much love is too much and how far do you let things drift before you lose touch altogether. It's about parents and children, teachers and students, husbands and wives, friends and siblings.
And yet, as difficult as all this sounds, I still am glad that I read the book. It made me think about a lot of those questions. I liked the people and related to them. I've only read a couple of Coben stories before which were lighter fare and I think he's a very talented author.
The main downside with this recording is the narrator who reminded me of no one so much as Charleton Heston at his most overwrought, perhaps as Moses handing down the tablets. I don't like to be unkind but wow, Scott Brick wrings every sentence out, stamping down hard on every phrase, up and down like riding a horse with a really jarring trot. It's so bad that it becomes almost comical and is completely unsuitable for this story. However, the story was so gripping that I stuck with it. Not sure that I can actually recommend this particular recording but the book is great.
I am a commuter and listening to audio books keeps the road rage to non exsistent. I must say that this audio book was addictive. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I was actually getting angry, feeling torture and sorrow. Amazing writing. I highly recommend to anyone who loves suspense and mystery.
I love Harlan Coben's standalone thrillers, such as Tell No One and Gone For Good. Coben knows how to build and keep suspense through the whole book, and Hold Tight is no exception.
It has an interesting premise: parents spying on their kids, and the author made a very interesting story out of that premise, adding some interesting notes on technology.
But the main theme with all his books is nonstop suspense. I love all Coben's standalone thrillers for that reason (I haven't read his Myron Bolitar books yet).
Each time I read a book my this author I'm always disappointed when I get to the end, I always want the story to go on. To me, that is the true test of a good story.
This is the first Harlan Coben book I've read and I can't wait to get to the rest. The premise intrigued me and the book didn't disappoint. I would buy the phone book from Audible if Scott Brick were the narrator. Coben and Brick combined kept me glued to my headphones for two days of "don't you dare interrupt me" looks while listening to this intricately woven tale of seemingly unlinked events that left me in awe of a storyteller who makes his craft look effortless. I never felt manipulated, just extremely amazed at the way this tale unfolded.
Retired former magazine editor who is working harder than ever as Mr. Dad to his 12-year-old daughter.
With 20 minutes left in this listen, I had just about decided to award it five stars. The last 20 minutes brought it down to four. This should not dissuade people from purchasing the book. Coben does his usual excellent job of creating characters that the listener can identify with. He weaves together two separate but related stories that wil have listeners postulating and guessing. At the book's conclusion he inserts a final twist that borders on the preposterous. To say more might give something away. Luckily it doesn't seriously detract from the listening experience. Scott Brick does a fine job with the narration and makes the dialogue and who's speaking pretty easy to follow. Coben came very close to having a great book with many interesting and surprising twists and turns, except for the final one. It is still worth you time, especially if you're a Coben fan.
This was my first book I have experienced that is written by Coben and I will definitely be listening to others written by him.
The characters really come to life and the experience of listening to this book is as good as (if not better than) a watching a movie!
The story is fresh, suspenseful, interesting, and very realistic.
Scott Brick, as always, does a flawless job narrating!
Excellent! the best book of 2008 by far. A thriller beyond imagination, that might even happen in our own backyard!! Characters are well developed, the good guys are truly good,loyal and perfection itself. the "bad" guys are tough, ugly and meet all expectations. With everyone, good and/or bad, their lives are all entwined to bring this novel to the most thrilling, unexpected end.
Three cheers to Halan Coben. and three cheers to your best Narrator, Scott Brick.
I say the best because it is the best mystery book I have listened to. Mysteries are not my favorite genre. If they were I may have given this a five. It held my attention throughout the book and had many plot twists and turns. All were neatly tied up at the end though and it was nice to hear it all come together. There is some gore and torture in this book so just be aware that some parts are hard to listen to. Still an enjoyable "read" and worth the download.
Scott's performance as usual is annoyiing with the way his voice is always so sing-song. Every sentence the tone goes up and then down - it sounds like a soap opera and is distracting from the story since it doesn't track with what is important in the text.
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