Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

hold-tightMike 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?

I don’t really know why I ever even let a Harlan Coben book reach my book shelf before I have read it.  They are always that good.  I think this book, Hold Tight was a breath of fresh air – a suspenseful read that I could dive into and not fully make it out until the book was complete.

It is true that I loved my last read, The book Thief, as well.  That book was more on the read slowly and let the beauty of the words sink in style.  This book rolls over you like a freight train and you love the page turning effect it has on you.

So today – a day that I stayed in bed due to I dont even know what – flu I guess…. I slept, and I read.  Its a little sad that it takes a day like this now where I am inmobilized to actually find time to read!  Yet, as I stared out the window at what looked to be a pretty nice day and thought about all I could be doing – I have to say the book made the day a lot better.

Harlan is a fun, realistic writer that I find to be a lot like Dean Koontz except that Dean can go what I call “Dark Dean” at times and I find a few of his books to out there where I dont get that from Harlan.

Anyway – another fabulous read – well developed characters and while there is a lot of different things going on in the book at once, I found it flowed well and I did not get lost in the plot…. errr…. plots.  A 5 in my book.  Literally 😉

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