Book Review : Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

This has got to be one of my all time favorites (EVER!!). I’m usually not the girl to read mystery/whodunnit novels, but when I read the back cover of “Hold Tight” I was hooked. When searching for books I usually don’t come across involving the story of an whole family unit, and I thought this was a refreshing change. I just have to say that the author, Harlan Coben, is a master of what he does. The way he switches characters perspectives in the book plus the way he reveals all the suspenseful happenings. I’m really glad I discovered this book and can wait to read more of Coben’s work.

“Hold Tight” is about family named the Baye family (pronounced bye). It consists of 4 members : Tia, Mike, Jill, and Adam. Mike and Tia are the parents of this household and the two met when they were in college. Early in the novel they start getting worried about their son, Adam, who has changed in mood and behavior since his best friend died of suicide. Tia gets the idea to spy on him through a program on his computer and phone. Mike,  at first is resistant to the idea of invading his son’s privacy and doesn’t think it’s right. But after Tia convincingly changes his mind they agree to do it. At first they don’t see any unusual behavior  from his online activity until they read the message “Just stay quiet and all safe”. Soon after Adam goes missing and they begin the frantic search to find him. On the journey to making their family whole again they learn what Adam has been hiding from them and the meaning behind what family means. Purchase from Amazon or check out from your nearest library.

I adore this story because it gave me a look behind how parents are, being the head of household, and the things they worry about. I liked reading about the Baye family especially because of the love they have for each other and what they would do for each other. This novel an be read by anyone, especially adults because it has issues most relevant to them and some teens won’t relate. In my opinion this book would received a 10 out of 10 for me, because it’s just that good.