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Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective parents who spy on their kids. But their sixteen-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 d...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Dutton Adult (first published January 1st 2008)
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James Thane
Over the last few years, Harlan Coben has pretty much cornered the market on the middle-class suburban New Jersey family thriller genre.

Hold Tight explores a number of difficult issues that confront lots of families, including the matter of how to balance parental oversight with giving your children the room to grow and become strong independent individuals, the question of how one attempts to balance a career with your family responsibilities, and the difficulties of managing as a single parent...more
Jen
In Harlan Coben's latest thriller, Hold Tight, Mike and Tia Baye experience a chilling couple of days because of a decision to put spyware on their son's computer.

When Mike and Tia learn through an e-mail that Adam is going to attend a party with drinking and drugs, they set out to intercept him and prevent him from going without letting on to the fact that they know, and even more importantly HOW they know. But something goes awry when there is no party. But where is Adam? That's when Mike s...more
Celia Powell
Very mediocre thriller. Ridiculous plot (the "crazed" killer was laughable), and very cardboard characters - the parents trying to decide in a very stagey way whether or not to install spy software on their son's computer and then discovering a strange exchange of instant messages, the bitch lawyer who has never had kids, blah blah blah.

The writing was the last straw really - the paragraph below is the dramatic ending. A confession has been made - Hester is the bitch lawyer, LeCrue and Duncan a...more
Marika Gillis
May 12, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Shannon
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
Tia and Mike Baye make the controversial decision to install spy software on their teenage son's computer after they notice he has become increasingly withdrawn. They discover more about their son than they ever bargained for.

Next door, Lucas Loriman is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. In an effort to find the best matched donor, a shocking secret concerning Lucas' paternity surfaces.

A well-loved teacher makes a terrible mistake by humiliating one of his students in front of her classma...more
A.J.
When Alfred Hitchcock said that whodunnits can basically be summed up in an epilogue, he wasn't exaggerating.

I've tried, my friends––I've tried so hard to accept the mystery/thriller genre. I've taken classes, read the best authors, examined everything from Edgar Allen Poe to Elmore Leonard. I figured that since I've got a reading list pretty stacked with horror, fantasy and scifi, I might want to shake things up a bit, add a little variety, and take a look at Harlan Coben. That, and he happens...more
Chuck
Yes, this is me, not writing on a fantasy novel.

I've actually, I think, read all of Coben's novels. He is the the author of the everyday, writing characters who lead lives like yours and mine. He also explores how fragile our everyday lives are--how our dedication to lives and family and children can come undone by the smallest thing--an unkind remark from a teacher, a car accident, or the fact that we resemble someone else and are mistaken for them.

In Coben's world, the consequences are dire,...more
Denise C
There must be a trend now in new novels to expose the horrors of the technological age, and this one is no exception. I rarely read them if I can help it, but I decided to give this one a try since I have liked Harlan Coben's books in the past.

I finished it in one reading. It wasn't as bad as some books I've read lately; I didn't skip any pages. However, there were several points where I was taken right out of the story, which is not good for any author who wants to sell future works. In some ca...more
Chris
I’m fully aware that I often need a good, swift kick in the ass, but seldom do I realize it so fully when I state that I treasure my time living this humdrum life above anything else on this planet, and proceed to squander it by reading something like Harlan Coben’s Hold Tight. Worse yet, I’ve got no one to blame but myself; I often reassure myself that a bad recommendation was someone else’s mistake, or a book endowed with awards and acclaim should have been better, and I was merely duped. This...more
Yulia
Coben should again be commended for his accurate portrayal of men, women, teens, and tweens. But I have to wonder what Coben's personal obsession is with having all the characters in his books marry their first love (aw shucks, how sweet), having these marriages end almost never in divorce but in the untimely death of a partner, having those who cheat duly (and violently) punished for straying, and constantly reminding readers that his couples keep no secrets from each other and, when they do, a...more
Sheri
Hold Tight (Harlen Coben)
Psychological/Thriller
Adam Baye has become remote and withdrawn since the suicide of his friend. His parents, Mike & Tia decide to spy on him by installing software on his computer, to monitor every keystroke. One day they read a cryptic email and then Adam disappears. Mike decides to track down his son and the suspense begins.

Fast pace page turner, a definite all night read. Sub plots that are filled with suspense blend perfectly up until the dramatic end.
Ian Mapp
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Lain
Wow, wow, WOW! I challenge anyone to begin this book and then manage to put it down before the very end. Reading it is like eating Lay's potato chips... you can't read just one (page, that is!).

Gripping, exciting, interesting, unique... what appears to be two or three separate stories weave in, out and around each other until the final pages, when all is wrapped up... but not in an unbelievable, deus ex machina way, but in a "Oh my gosh, so THAT'S what was happening" way. I loved the juxtaposit...more
Steve
With anything that Harlan Coben writes, you expect certain things:
- A frenetic pace
- Strong characterization
- Plot twists and surprises
- An engaging story that makes it hard to put the book down.

This novel had all the above and more. The book is one of his best, making you identify with the frantic parents of the missing child and see snippets of what is happening with the teenager throughout the story.

Perhaps, what makes this novel stand out is the underlying theme within this book. With Hold...more
Andrea
Jan 08, 2009 Andrea rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Andrea by: library new book shelf
This book really only deserves 2.5 stars, but it carried me along on such a wave that I leaned toward the higher number rather than the lower.
There's a lot going on in this book - maybe too much for its own good. Yes, the threads all tie together in the end, sort of, but I think one or two subplots could have been eliminated without too much problem. And I think some of the "connections" ended up being a bit too convoluted to really be convincing. I also felt like there was too much "gee whiz, w...more
Lisa
I am a fan of Harlan Coben's, but this wasn't my favorite of his books. Yes, the plot had many unexpected twists and turns and kept me guessing up until the end. But I thought he wove too many stories together, making it hard to follow. Also, I thought the story line with the daughter was wrapped up a little too neatly at the end. If you're a parent, this book explores some current moral dilemmas in parenting--namely, how much is it permissible to invade your child's privacy? Coben blends his ch...more
Moira
Aug 31, 2008 Moira rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Beckie Weinheimer for the study in teenage angst it offers
I really couldn't put this one down. I love Coben's Myron Bolitar books, but I think his other fiction raises more interesting questions and is even more intriguing. Certainly this one was fascinating and gut-wrenching. Anyone who has ever raised a teenager will recognize the dilemmas faced by parents who want to protect their children on the brink of adulthood while giving them the freedom to grow and to fail. And Coben touches on some interesting notions of the roots of evil in the character o...more
Martina
I could get a lot of hate for this, but I don't care. I just have to get this off my chest... in the form of a PSA to both aspiring and established authors.

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Folks, do you want to write a novel? Yes? Yes? Excellent. You have an exciting story in mind? Even better! Now that you have an idea for your book, it's time to think about your characters. Wonderfully developed characters can add depth to any story, either a well-spun yarn, or a contrived piece of junk. Do you know...more
Gina
Hold tight to what? (enter sarcasm here)

Tia and Mike Baye are worried. Since the death of their son’s best friend, Spencer, Adam has become withdrawn. Something’s wrong, and Tia convinces Mike to have software installed on Adam’s computer so that they can try to figure out what’s wrong. Mike is uneasy with this decision, for they are invading their son’s privacy. Would the lack of trust tear their family apart?

Tia prints out the report from Adam’s computer and goes through it. The cryptic messag...more
Maja
First and least important - I bought this book a year ago, started reading it, then stumbled upon some stupid girl's stupid forum post that gave away the motive for Adrian's disappearance. I gave up the book immediately because I thought I would not enjoy it knowing the reason of the boy's disappearance, and the poor thing just sat there on my bookshelf, while I would glance at it whith spite, as it remembered me of the stupid girl and her stupid post. So - just so you know, you stupid girl - yo...more
Linda Alexander
Have you read so many books by your favorite authors that when you go to the library, you find yourself cruising the shelves trying to find something just a bit different than all those out there about the CIA/FBI/Special Forces and political stories??

Well, I found it in reading my very first book authored by Harlan Coben!! He is a fantastic author. I enjoyed his writing style as much as the story itself. He prompts one to keep turning the page and it was a thing of not wanting to call it a nigh...more
Debby
This is a rather tangled story of several families in one community who have several things in common, though the exact "what" that seems to bind them all together is not revealed until the end of the book. It's a story of troubled parents dealing with troubled kids and therefore, at times, the narrative can drone on waxing eloquent with a psychological or even philosophical tome. Yawn!!
Up until recently I would have given this at least 3 stars, probably 4. I mean, it's Harlan Coben!! But, I'm r...more
Boof
I listened to this on audiobook which was great fun while bombing up and down the M1 and the M4 in the last few days (traffic jams are so much less blood-boiling with a thriller to listen to).

I really enjoyed this. I must admit that some of the voices that the male reader acted were amusing - especially the 10 year old girls the female lawyer (I wouldn't like to meet her in a dark alley, sounding like that!). He also appeared to have a cold and hence Adam became Adamb etc. However, nasal congest...more
Ginger
We've all heard the phrase "Must See TV!", well this is the book equivalent to that phrase!! As a parent, how far would you go to protect your teenager? Is there a gray area?? To spy or not to spy? Is spying an invasion of privacy or a parent's right to know?? We, as parents, want to protect our children but where do we draw the line? Mike and Tia Baye feel the same way about their 16 year old son, Adam. They cross the line...or do they??

Another wonderfully crafted story by this author. Twists,...more
Maggie
Holy Cow! This is every parent's worst nightmare, a kid gone missing. I'm impressed by the way Coben takes the everyday and pushes it to the edge in book after book.

The families Coben writes about are broken in little ways that on the surface might not seem bad. Underneath, though, those tiny fissures hide cracks in family dynamics that grab you by the throat and don't let go. You'll defintely be cheering for Mike to find his son in Hold Tight.

I read this book straight through. Hold Tight - you...more
Ellen
Because they are concerned about their teenage son's behavior, his parents Mike and Tia Baye install tracking software on his computer and learn that there's a lot more going on than his lack of communication.I picked this book up Friday on my way out of the library and had finished it by Sunday afternoon. Wow---what a ride! Not the sort of book I would usually select, but my Readers' Advisor department is participating in a genre study of thrillers and suspense books, so I thought I'd read a bo...more
Lanie
I didn't write a review immediately because I had to think about this one for a while - a few days. I've read enough Coben books to know that I like the way he writes. I like the characters he creates and I like the situations they find themselves in. At the beginning of this novel, we see the beginning of what looks like a horror movie. I found this to be a very gruesome beginning to a Harlan Coben novel. (I have to say I liked it, because I dig thrillers and horror). I wondered what this "seri...more
Chuck
I love Harlan Coben and his fertile mind. He rarely disappoints and Hold Tight is no exception. This is another in his usual style which causes exceptional things to happen to ordinary people and threads his story around how they handle the ensuing problems. Mike and Tia Baye are concerned about the relatively recent behavior of their teen-aged son, Adam. He is secretive about where he goes and
what he does. After much consideration they have spyware installed on his computer which opens the prov...more
Paul Pessolano
Harlan Coben has written some fourteen books and they are all excellent in subject matter, charactes, and plot. "Hold Tight" may well be his best effort yet.

This is the story of four families and how their lives become entangled through their children, friends, and school. The plot revolves around Adam Baye, the son of Tia and Mike Baye. Adam is a paren's dream in that he excels in just about everything he does. Adam's life makes an abrupt change when his friend Spencer commits suicide. He becom...more
Dennis
Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this ride. And I certainly did hold tight. But honestly, how seriously can I take a guy whose name appears more than two times larger than the title of his book? Sheesh.

This is my second outing with harlan coben (lower case intended) and it was just about what I expected -- a thrill ride consisting of several coincidental story lines all converging at the same time in a page turner from start to finish. In this case, Mike and Tia Baye take up spying on their...more
David
Coben continues to delight with thrillers that offer something mysterious happening to common people.. in this case we see the trials and turmoils of parents as they seek to find the right balance between "spying" and "trusting" their kids. Injected into this story is the suicide of a teen that took place before the novel's beginning, an apparent seriel killer, a child humiliated by a teacher's mistake and the cruelty of other children. What we end up with is a crackerjack, mind-blowing, race ag...more
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With over 50 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last six consecutive novels, SIX YEARS, STAY CLOSE, LIVE WIRE, CAUGHT, LONG LOST and HOLD TIGHT all debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list and lists around the world. His first Young Adult novel SHELTER was just released in paperback, and the second in the Mickey Bolitar series, SECONDS AWAY, was released on September 18th....more
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