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".
For Tia and Mike, the question they must answer is this: When it comes to your kids, is it possible to know too much?
©2008 Harlan Coben; (P)2008 Recorded Books LLC
Harlan Coben has written some of the best mysteries in the past couple of years, after having had a lot of success with his earlier Myron Bolitar novels with their mixture of fun and crime.
"Hold Tight" deviates a little from Harlan Coben's standard thriller formula, which is overall not a bad thing. Personal tragedies abound in a quiet New Jersey neighborhood, including a recent teenage suicide, which convinces the Bayes they should better monitor their son's online activities - and then he suddenly vanishes.
An excellent and complex story I would have gladly given the full five stars had the ending been not a bit too forced and over-the-top. Great reading by Richard Ferrone!
I love the Myron Bolitar novels (perfect escapism in my, uhm, audiobook), and Gone for Good was absolutely riveting. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Hold Tight. A lot of unlikely events happen to a group of interconnected wooden characters, and the denouement is disappointing. Mr Coben can do much better.
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