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Hold Tight

Hold Tight

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By (author) Harlan Coben

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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, 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, 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...

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Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US, and is now established as a No.1 bestselling author at the top of the genre. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

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"The undertow of savagery beneath the calm surface of suburban life is a theme that runs throughout Coben's dark, tautly structured thrillers, in which nothing is quite what it seems to be" -- Christina Koning TIMES 'Excellent thriller from one of America's best popular novelists' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "zigzags between two chilling plots" CANDIS "the suspense keeps you hooked to the last word" TELEGRAPH & ARGUS "Coben dleivers yet another gripping read... addictive from the start... if you want dram, tension, tears and intrigue, this is the book to buy" NEWSSHOPPER.CO.UK "His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale, and again he delivers the goods" EVENING TELEGRAPH "One of his finest stand alone novels" GOOD BOOK GUIDE

Editorial reviews

How much do you trust your children, and what would you do if your efforts to keep tabs on them pushed them even further away?Adam Baye is a good kid, but ever since he gave up hockey, the sport that seemed destined to finance his college education, his parents, a New Jersey transplant surgeon and a Manhattan lawyer, have been worried. So Mike and Tia install spyware on their son's computer. Once they can follow his every keystroke, visit every site he has logged onto and read every e-mail he has sent and received, they quickly realize that Adam is keeping dangerous secrets from them - so dangerous, in fact, that when he goes AWOL one night and refuses to answer his cell phone, Mike snoops further, using a GPS tracking service to follow Adam to Club Jaguar, way on the other side of the tracks. For his pains, Mike gets beaten up, then pulled in by the FBI, who tell him that the club, which ostensibly provides a haven where teens can safely act out, is a cover for some major felonies. What do the Bayes' problems have to do with the thoughtless remark with which schoolteacher Joe Lewiston ruined the life of Adam's sister Jill's best friend, Yasmin Novak? Or the revelation that desperately ill Lucas Loriman's father can't donate a kidney to his son because he's not the boy's father? Or the murdered Jane Doe whom Essex County Chief Investigator Loren Muse (The Woods, 2007, etc.) is trying to identify?There are surprises aplenty, but this time the ambitious scope - the anatomy of suburban vice - works against suspense; there are just too many cutaways to other embattled characters you want to root for but can't remember why. (Kirkus Reviews)