Image of Hold Tight


Image of Hold Tight

Coben delivers another tense thriller -- this one hitting closer to home than his usual high-concept fare. He focuses on thorny domestic issues of privacy, child-rearing and peer pressure in modern suburbia, and his characters ring true and should strike a chord with parents -- especially narrator Mike -- as they struggle to discern how much they should interfere in their children's lives.

Adam Baye hasn't been his usual happy-go-lucky self since his friend Spencer committed suicide, and his parents, Mike and Tia, aren't sure what to do about it. In their worry, they decide to monitor the 16-year-old's Internet activity, tracking the websites he visits and e-mail he receives. Then Adam disappears, and their search for answers leads them into a world of dangerous thugs and underground clubs. They soon discover the everyday dangers that lurk in their own quiet New Jersey neighborhood are every bit as potent. (DUTTON, Apr., 400 pp., $26.95)
Reviewed by: 
Tara Gelsomino