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Hold Tight

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  28,747 Ratings  ·  1,979 Reviews
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, First Edition, 416 pages
Published April 15th 2008 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2008)
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James Thane
Feb 20, 2013 James Thane rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
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
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Celia Powell
Jan 22, 2009 Celia Powell rated it did not like it
Shelves: thrillers-crime
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
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Jen
Aug 18, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, male-author
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
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Marika Gillis
May 12, 2008 Marika Gillis rated it really liked it
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
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A.J.
Jun 17, 2008 A.J. rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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
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Chuck
Mar 01, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
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,
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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
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Chris
Oct 21, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 01, 2008 Yulia rated it it was ok
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
Brigitta Moon
Aug 21, 2015 Brigitta Moon rated it it was amazing
This was a book that lived up to it's title. There were multiple stories going on that I just could not see how they were connected. Each page made me go to the next. The characters are so well formed that even in death you could envision their lives, their struggles and pain. The way Harlan Coben has written the scenes in the book is movie like, not just going from scene to scene or event to event; he describes scenes and events within a scene. I listened to the audiobook in the car and read th ...more
Deanna
Aug 07, 2015 Deanna rated it really liked it
Can you ever know too much about your children? When does keeping an eye on things turn to spying? In this day and age a parent does have to be vigilant about what their child is doing...especially online. However, we want to have our children grow up feeling they have a right to privacy so it's a really fine line.

In "Hold Tight" Mike and Tia Baye are concerned about their sixteen-year-old son Adam. He seems to be pulling away from them, acting secretive and distant after the suicide of classma
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Sean Peters
Jan 07, 2015 Sean Peters rated it really liked it
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 days they are jolted by a message from an unknown correspondent addressed to their son - 'Just stay quiet and all safe.'

Meanw
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Andrea
Jan 08, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it
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
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Cheryl
Dec 29, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Really 3 and a half stars. A little too many twists in one book. It was also a bit confusing at times, remembering all the characters and how their lives were intertwined. The story did hold my interest. It wasn't a police procedural, but was more of a look at relationships between parents and children. All of the mysteries in the book seemed to center around that theme. I will be reading more books by this author.
Lisa
Jan 01, 2009 Lisa rated it liked it
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
Terri Lynn
Aug 09, 2015 Terri Lynn rated it really liked it
Mike Baye, a transplant doctor, and his wife Tia Baye, a lawyer, seem to have it all- nice home in the suburbs, plenty of money, nice vehicles, good jobs, living spouses, and two kids- 11 year old Jill and 16 year old Adam but under the surface, as always in Harlan Coben novels, there is an undercurrent of danger, dysfunction, and evil.

Adam's close friend Spencer Hill committed suicide using legal sedatives stolen from his parents'medicine cabinet 4 months earlier. Adam has changed and had begu
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Sheri
Oct 08, 2010 Sheri rated it it was amazing
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
May 04, 2009 Ian Mapp rated it liked it
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Lain
Aug 13, 2008 Lain rated it really liked it
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
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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,
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Adam
My wife and daughter and I recently went on a long road trip, and we needed some audiobooks to keep us entertained. The second one we listened to was "Hold Tight," by Harlan Coben, read by Scott Brick.

"Hold Tight" started out strong, with a number of intriguing plot elements and a few central mysteries that kept us involved. However, Coben's writing and plotting seemed to get lazier as the book went on, and the last several chapters felt like poorly constructed first drafts. Or an attempt to mee
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Steve
May 06, 2008 Steve rated it it was amazing
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
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Moira
Aug 31, 2008 Moira rated it it was amazing
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
Paul Pessolano
Feb 07, 2011 Paul Pessolano rated it really liked it
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
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Martina
Mar 14, 2013 Martina rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
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
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Gina
Mar 20, 2009 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, suspense, mystery
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
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Maja
Aug 07, 2011 Maja rated it really liked it
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
Oct 01, 2012 Linda Alexander rated it it was amazing
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
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Maria Snyder
Jul 18, 2015 Maria Snyder rated it liked it
I listened to this book. The narrator, Scott Brick did an excellent job on all the voices (even the ladies). This is a mystery/suspense novel and it focuses on families, which I liked. There were at least 5 different families in crisis and lots of point of view characters, which I think made it hard to really to get to know or care about any one character or even family - everyone was having problems - and I became numb to it after a while. This book could have easily been broken into two books ...more
Debby
Apr 02, 2014 Debby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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With over 60 million books in print worldwide, Harlan Coben’s last seven consecutive novels, MISSING YOU, 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 books are published in 43 languages around the globe.

Coben is the winner of the Edgar Award, Shamus Award and Anthony Award – the first aut
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