Monday, August 11, 2008

Harlan Coben: Hold Tight

I’ve been reading Harlan Coben since Just One Look. I love the turmoil he causes ordinary people through a simple incident.

In Hold Tight, Tia and Mike Baye install a spy program on their 16 year old son’s computer. Adam Baye has been acting strangely since a good friend, Spencer Hill killed himself. They find a message “It’s long over. Just stay quiet and all safe.” So what’s going on with Adam? What kind of danger is he in? What can his parents do to help?

But we have a lot going on besides Adam’s toubles. Mike Baye is a surgeon, and the boy next door, Lucas Loriman needs a kidney transplant. Betsy Hill has still not learned to live with her son’s suicide. Loren Muse is newly Chief of Investigations and his having trouble with one of her detectives. To make matters worse, a couple, Nash and Pietra, are killing people. We’re not sure why. And finally we have a school teacher who carelessly humiliated one of his students, and did not get the punishment the girl’s father though he deserved.

The plot is mainly driven by Adam Baye’s troubles, but all these issues weave together. We really don’t understand how until the end of the book.

Hold Tight does not disappoint. It’s another thriller from Coben full of twists and surprises.

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