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Hold Tight Mass Market Paperback – March 3, 2009
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“Taut and slick...a page-turner.” — Associated Press
“Relying more on psychological terror than gratuitous violence, Coben makes the normal terrifying…In Hold Tight, [he] surpasses even his own best work." — Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
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In his new book, Coben, explores a problem in today's society. Privacy. He explores how the internet changed everything. Now, that anyone can post anything they want about you and there isn't much you can do.
At the center of these themes is the Baye family (pronounced "by"). Mike and Tia have recently installed a spy program to keep an eye on their sixteen-year-old son, Adam. They do this after a friend of Adam has recently commited suicide. After a cryptic IM, Mike tries to keep Adam home but then he runs away. So begins the search for the teenager. The search takes Mike into the seedy part of the Bronx.
Meanwhile, a killer is at large and killing what seems to be random women. The reason behind it all will keep you guessing until the end. Also, a patient of Mike and his partner needs a kidney transplant and the mother holds a devestating secret. A father tries to come to terms with the fact that he cannot keep his daughter from harm after a popular teacher embarrasses her in class. We also see the police working the killer's case.
All threads converge very nicely into a sweet bow. Some are a little too forced but all in all, the suspense never relents and Coben once again keeps you guessing until the very end when the final secret is revealed.
"Hold Tight" juggles a number of different stories, all of which in some way center on the theme of parents trying to protect and/or understand their children. While initially they seem to be quite disparate plotlines, eventually the connections between them become apparent and it is this process of putting the jigsaw pieces together that is the most satisfying part of reading "Hold Tight". One of the things that I really like about Harlan Coben's writing is that there are never any loose ends or things that get left unexplained.
"Hold Tight" is a little slower in pace than his other novels and at times it gets confusing keeping track of so many people, but it's still is a satisfying mystery that keeps the suspense going right until the final pages.
I could not put this book down once I started reading. It took hold within the first pages and I felt this is the best book he has written. I especially like how he develops subplots that seamlessly come together until there is only one plot. I also like the way he chose a topic that is very prevalent to every parent today - internet, text messaging. Before the advent of this technology it was easier to keep track of your child/teenager without totally invading their privacy. With this technology, it becomes almost impossible to know what your child is doing.
I can't wait for his next book! or the TV series being developed on Myron.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A pretty good novel, but it had too many plots, making it very confusing. I guess that I'm just not into all that.Published 11 days ago by henry p. bruzza
Once again I enjoyed Coben's writing. There is always a twist at the end!Published 1 month ago by Lori Diana
Maybe 3-1/2 stars but not 4 I'm an avid Harlan Coben reader, but this one seem to drag and was mostly predictable.Published 2 months ago by VOK
It was a bit complex, but everything came out at the end as expected. I knew who wad behind it but still read on only to find I was correct, bummer.Published 2 months ago by Victoria H.
Suspenseful roller coaster ride that keeps you guessing at every turn of the page. Hard to put this one down couldn't stop readingPublished 2 months ago by CP
I really like Coben's plots, but his stories tend to get dragged out. For example, here's a typical style of paragraph (without plagiarizing):
Sweat beaded on his brow as he... Read more
You really have to consider the issues Coben brings up in this suspense novel, about spying, about bullying, about trust, about family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lou M. Nelson