Number One bestselling author Harlan Coben has become an unstoppable force in crime fiction. His novel THE WOODS was a SUNDAY TIMES top 2 bestseller and grew his audience by an impressive 20%. This is a page-turner about just how far parents will go to protect their kids. Tia and Mike Baye never imagined they'd become the type of overprotective ...
Number One bestselling author Harlan Coben has become an unstoppable force in crime fiction. His novel THE WOODS was a SUNDAY TIMES top 2 bestseller and grew his audience by an impressive 20%. This is a page-turner about just how far parents will go to protect their kids. 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?
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As usual, Coben keeps the action moving and the characters sympathetic.
Aug 15, 2008
Hold Tight could give every parent cause to more closely monitor their teenager's activities! The red herrings, fast paced description, and Coben's knowledge of IT, parent/teen relationships, and double plots all make for a "can't leave the book" reading experience. Each book just gets better!
Publishers Weekly, 2008-02-18 Parents will find this compulsive page-turner from Edgar-winner Coben (The Woods) particularly unnerving. A sadistic killer is at play in suburban Glen Rock, N.J., outside New York City, but somehow he's less frightening than the more mundane problems that send ordinary lives into chaos. How do you weigh a child's privacy against a parent's right to know? How do you differentiate normal teenage rebelliousness from out-of-control behavior? When and how do you intervene if suicidal signs appear? Other issues include single parenting; career versus family; marital honesty; and how much information you should share with a child at what age. Coben plucks each of these strings like a virtuoso as Mike and Tia Baye try to deal with the increasing withdrawal of their 16-year-old son, Adam, after a friend's suicide. A pair of brutal, seemingly senseless killings, punctuate the unfolding domestic troubles that ratchet up the tension and engulf the Baye family, their friends and neighbors in a web of increasing tragedy. The "this could be me" factor lends poignancy to the thrills and chills. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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