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Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
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May 06, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: suspense-thriller
Read in April, 2008

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 Tight, Coben explores the question of ethics in parenting and whether there should be boundaries in protecting one's children.

We now live in an age where diaries can be read by people worldwide, and parents have no way to casually listen in to their sons or daughters gossip, since it's now in chat rooms and text messages instead of by phone.

Do teenagers have a right to privacy when the parents see / sense / notice potential destructive behavior? Where should the boundaries be? What warning signs should trigger the 'spying' activities?

Coben grabs on to these themes, and though there is no resolution to the 'right or wrong' part of it, he does make you think about the issues.
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message 1: by Michele (new)

Michele Sounds awesome. He does write a good thriller! I'll have to check it out.

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