Book Review: Hold Tight, Harlan Coben

Harlan Coben, the critically acclaimed, internationally best-selling New Jersey crime-writer is the author of eight crime novels and six stand-alone thrillers, the proud recipient of the US Edgar Award, Shamus Award, Anthony Award, and the first writer to win all three. If that’s not enough, his recent novels The Woods, Promise Me, The Innocent, Just One Look, No Second Chance, Tell No-One, and Gone for Good have all been top of the major bestseller lists from the New York to the London Times. Hold Tight is his seventh stand-alone thriller.

Worried parents Tia and Mike Baye install a spy program on their sixteen-year-old son Adam’s computer after the unexpected suicide of his schoolfriend Spencer Hill. After only a few days they are shocked to read an anonymous message: "Just stay quiet and all safe."

Meanwhile, Spencer’s mother Betsy is shocked to see an online photo that appears to have been taken on the night of her son's death, with Adam in the background. Then, when Adam goes missing, it seems that something sinister is lurking within their white picket fenced community. But, how far will parents go to protect their children?

Harlan Coben is a relentless force in crime fiction and in Hold Tight he writes with his characteristic mix of tension and suspense. The story is entertaining, the characters likeable, the settings real, the twists unexpected. As with all of his other novels, this is a page turner you will find impossible to put down.  

‘Hold Tight’ is published in hardback on 17th April 2008, priced £18.99