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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,991 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Harlan Coben Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Adam Baye has become distant. Perhaps a little too distant. After the suicide of his close friend Spencer Hill, his parents have become worried. Adam isn't himself anymore. He won't tell them anything, let alone talk to them...and they're beginning to be concerned. Tia and Mike never thought they'd become those overprotective parents, spying on their kids every second of the day...but then, here they are, installing a sophisticated spying program on their son's computer. Within days, they are rocked by mysterious messages coming from a correspondent neither has ever heard of before: "Just stay quiet and all safe". They begin to question themselves: Have they been good parents? Is everything what it seems? How much is too much when it comes to keeping an eye on your children?

With a deep plot and several very relevant thematic elements, Hold Tight is sure to please both Coben's long-time fans and those just discovering his work.

Harlan Coben was born January 4, 1962 in Livingston, New Jersey. He graduated from Amherst College with a degree in political science. He published his first book his senior year of college, and had several standalone works published in the early 1990s. He's won several awards from the mystery fiction community, and has received high regards from critics at large. His book Hold Tight received generally positive reviews from critics regarding messages such as monitoring your kids and teenage drug use. His most recent work, Six Years, is set for release in 2013.

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 the 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? Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A fast and exhilarating roller-coaster ride that you don’t want to end, but hold on tight. Then take the time to hug your kids.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “A page-turner. Don’t start reading it if you’ve got important business the next morning because Hold Tight will keep you up all night.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “A thriller for the Google era.”

    New York Times

  • Finalist for the 2009 International Thriller Writers Award for Best Novel
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Finalist for the 2011 Abraham Lincoln Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jennifer Dumaresq | 2/18/2014

    " i really liked this book. i had a hard time putting it down...i saw some of the negative reviews and i didn't agree with any of them. coben's characters are easy to relate to, not far fetched or over the top and the plot was believable. i felt like i was trying to figure it out myself! i love coben's style and have yet to be disappointed by any of his books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mykette | 2/8/2014

    " I would definitely give this book 3.5 stars if possible. It was very suspenseful and well-written. I hesitate to rate it higher for personal reasons. The most horribly violent person in the book has the same name as my little boy, Nash, so that made it hard. Still a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Rhonda | 2/4/2014

    " I like Hold Tight. It has a plot that connects a group of people. Strong family theme. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Denise | 2/3/2014

    " A quick read, but I found it less satisfying than other Coben books I've read and enjoyed. Yes, I kept turning the pages, but only to tie up all the various plot strands - I wasn't really gripped by it. I also found the ending just a little bit too pat. Enjoyable enough, but I'd recommend Tell No-one or The Woods before this. "

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