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Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
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Jul 27, 08

bookshelves: 2008-mysteries-suspense, 2008-audio-books
Read in July, 2008

Hold Tight, by Harlan Coben, narrated by Scott Brick, produced by Brilliance Audio, downloaded from audible.com.

This is the sequel to “The Woods” and we again have the prosecutor, Cope, and his top investigator, Muse. The story here involves an interesting and recent problem for parents. Should they spy on their kids with the technology available to monitor them totally, from their computer screens, to putting GPS on their cell phones, etc.? Do parents invade a teenager’s privacy by doing that? Do parents have the moral right to invade such privacy to keep their kids safe? And, finally, can parents learn too much? In this case, Mike and Tia Baye place spyware on their son’s computer so that they can keep track of web sites he searches and e-mails he gets. They do this because, after the suicide of a good friend, he becomes much quieter and more sullen than he was in the past. His parents are afraid that he is becoming involved with kids not in the best crowd, so to speak. They learn through checking his e-mail that he is invited to a party at a friend’s house on the weekend, and that supposedly this friend’s parents won’t be home. Mike Baye goes out looking for his son and becomes involved in violence as he tries to save Adam from increasing danger. On the other hand, we have Muse having to deal with the fallout from the male cops with more seniority that she is now expected to supervise, and their jealousy that she got the job. This is a very good book bringing up some very current issues for parents. But there is also the usual required suspension of belief in coincidence that one must have with Coben’s books. All in all, though, a very satisfying read with all ends tied up, if rather oddly and unbelievably at times.

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