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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  47,306 ratings  ·  3,023 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
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Feb 27, 2021 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cash-grab
The plot plod like a plow in pudding. I'm off Harlan Coben. He's not the author to distract my attention when I need it.

I asked for the minimum and for a while things looked hopeful. But I think that it takes real hard work to write a story on multiple fronts.

Harlan Coben ought to think like a writer who wants us to enjoy his books, not merely buy them and then grow tired of them like a lamp from IKEA. He seems easily satisfied and I'm strongly deliberating that the genre is moribund to me.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Of course I love this author's Myron Bolitar books the best (I am a seriesaholic) but I enjoy his stand alones like this one as well.

Hold Tight is one of those books it is very hard to put down. It moves in short chapters between several separate story lines which eventually intertwine in a very clever way. Of course, being Coben, there are lots of twists and turns along the way with one I was really not expecting right at the end.

Coben excels at writing this sort of middle class family drama/my
Oct 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-donated
I just downgraded my rating from 4 to 3. This was a good holiday read, always quick to move along as all of HC reads are. I know a few characters pop up in many of his stories, but I couldn't place who the DA was marrying, although I could place the character of the DA. I have the worst book memory! Who can help me here?!

I do prefer the Myron Bolitar series to his stand alones, but his reads are always a good pick for me. Perhaps a bit convoluted, but it's all in a days work where this author is
Jan 21, 2009 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
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stand alone thriller by Harlan Coben published 2008.

I have yet to read a book by Harlan Coben that didn’t grab me in the first few pages and hold me fixed until the final jaw dropping conclusion and this book is no exception.

An affluent neighbourhood where the residents seem to live privileged prosperous lives but is it a happy prosperous life? Behind closed door the veneer of the privilege is stripped bare.

There are many tales just waiting to be told.
There are the parents, grieving for a dead
James Thane
Mar 23, 2010 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
Lindsey Rey
Apr 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, thriller
[4.5 Stars]
Aug 07, 2015 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 Adam, their sixteen-year-old son. Adam seems to be pulling away from them and acting secretive. He's been very distant since the
Aug 26, 2009 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
Apr 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not my favorite from Coben, but nonetheless a fast paced thriller as are all of his novels.
Marika Gillis
May 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Oct 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Hold Tight (Harlen Coben)
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.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell
I found this in a Little Free Library and after being alternately engrossed and horrified by STAY CLOSE, I need this in my life
Jun 06, 2008 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
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,
Mike French
Sep 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable and entertaining from beginning to end. I am a fan of Harlan Cohen and HOLD TIGHT did not disappoint!
Mar 01, 2010 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,
Sean Peters
Dec 21, 2012 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.'

Apr 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Harlan Coben does it again, Hold Tight was him at his BEST!

Hold Tight tells the story of 3 different families who all end up in troubles of their own, and they all end up coming together in the end. 1# Michael and Tia Baye, who's son Adam, who has become very distant and acting strangely different since recently losing a close friend, so they install a spy program on his computer to find out why. 2#Ron and Betsy Hill, who's son Spencer (who was also Adam's friend I'd mentioned above) had commit
Brigitta Moon
Aug 20, 2015 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
Lindsey Goddard
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
I kept going back to this novel over a long period of time, so it definitely has its draw. Started reading it in a waiting room on a loooooong wait; then I bought it. Then... I spilled a glass of water on it and thought it was ruined. Weeks later, I found myself drawn back to this story and realized the pages were only wrinkled! So I pressed on and finished my water-logged book. Great plot. Very gripping. All themes tied together nicely at the end. I recommend this one.
I usually quite like Harlan Coben, but I found this one really hard to get in to. I did find it more engrossing towards the end, but then I had a different issue of finding it incredibly far fetched and unbelievable, and there were too many coincidences.
Jul 15, 2008 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
Aug 29, 2008 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
Jan 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
This one sucked me in when I cracked it open this morning and never let go. Comprised of a compelling plot (and twists), believable characters and a pace that would put a cheetah to shame, this was quite an enjoyable stand alone novel from that crafty Mr Coben!!

4 Highly Illuminated Stars
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
Terri Lynn
Aug 09, 2015 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
Jan 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Jan 01, 2009 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
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction
Three disparate storylines follow three families through a torturous period. One family's son committed suicide. One family's son has disappeared. One family's daughter has been insulted. What ties them all together? Mike and Tia Baye install spy software on their son's computer after his friend, Spencer, commits suicide. When Adam disappears, they will burn down everyone in their path to find him. Along with Linwood Barclay and Jeff Abbott, Harlan Coben is a master of suburban psychological thr ...more
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Harlan Coben is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading storytellers. His suspense novels are published in forty-five languages and have been number one bestsellers in more than a dozen countries with seventy-five million books in print worldwide.

His books have earned the Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, and many have been developed into Netflix Original Drama seri

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