Hold Tight - Audio CD - Abridged Author:Harlan Coben, Scott Brick (Narrator) Mike held his son's hand and told him to "hold tight," and he could feel the little hand dig into his but the crush got bigger and the little hand slipped from his and Mike felt that horrible panic, as if a wave hit them at the beach and it was washing his baby out with the tide. — The separation lasted only a few seconds, ten at th... more »e most, but Mike would never forget the spike in his blood and the terror of those brief few moments.
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."
Meanwhile, browsing through an online memorial for Spencer put together by his classmates, Betsy Hill is struck by a photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death -- and he wasn't alone. She thinks it is Adam Baye standing just outside the camera's range; but when Adam goes missing, it soon becomes clear that something deep and sinister has infected their community. For Tia and Mike Baye, the question they must answer is this: When it comes to your kids, is it possible to know too much?
This book started off a little slow for me, but after a few chapters I was hooked! A teenager commits suicide on the high school roof. Another teen, Adam, becomes sullen and distant, eventually goes missing. Adam's parents are frantic to reach their child, they employ GPS, trace his emails and texts and even try to follow him into a dangerous part of the city. Adam's friend, DJ, appears to be in the mix, but his police captain dad denies he ever left the house.
At the same time, a man and woman team of killers are kidnapping women and beating them to death. A neighbor boy is terminally ill and needs a kidney transplant. Transplant compatibility tests reveal that the man who thinks he is the boys father isn't really. The lives of all these families collide in tragic and unexpected ways.
I was so hooked on this book, after the first few chapters, I couldn't put the book down and finished it in one day! It was a gripping story filled with lots of interconnecting characters and a great plot.
Are you the type of person that stays up all night relishing a page-turner? Well, then this book is for you! Do not, I repeat do not, start reading if you have any to be in the morning as you will just be up all night reading. There are several plot twists and interesting characters and enough suspense to knock your socks off. At the end I was still blown away even after the climax~ It makes every parent want to hold on to their kids and never let go. Definitely deserves to be on the best seller list.!
The initial two-thirds of this book had me confused... the dust jacket said Harlan Coben, yet the characters and dialogue screamed Jodi Picoult. But isn't that Hester from "Tell No One?" HUH?!!! Fortunately, this book proved to be a Coben thriller with the last hundred or so pages... all the subplots came together in a way that kept me turning the pages until 2 am.
Because of the slow start this was not my favorite standalone offerings by this author, but it is still worth a credit... though not worth the $26.95 I paid for it at the airport bookstore. ;-)
This book is a stand alone novel, not one of the Myron Bolitar series which I love. But it had some twists & turns in true Harlan Coben fashion and I liked it very much. It made you think about what you would do in the same circumtances. How far would you go to protect your child? Would you spy on them or respect their privacy? No easy answers. I think I've read all of Harlan Coben's books & this ranks with the best.
I really liked this story! It was a very smart book with an intelligent well-thought-out conclusion. I also loved that at the beginning, the CD lets the reader know that the technology referred to in the story is all real. The book tells you how to access this technology! I actually learned some technological things. These tips were the icing on the cake! Since being in PBS I first heard of Harlan Coben and I love all of his stories. He is highly entertaining!
I tend to agree with the statement of one of the previous reveiw, in that there are just too many characters to keep straight. I'm not speaking about characters that just pass through the plot; I'm referring to characters that you find are an integral part of the plot.
In fact I have found this to be true with several of the more recent Coben novels I have read. Maybe I'm just getting too old and need to go back to Patterson. :-)