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Hold Tight Coben, Harlan ( Author ) Jun-05-2012 Compact Disc CD-ROM – 5 Jun 2012


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  • CD-ROM
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation (5 Jun 2012)
  • ASIN: B009CNBCTE
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US. He is now global bestseller with his mix of powerful stand-alone thrillers and Myron Bolitar crime novels. He has appeared in the bestseller lists of The Times, the New York Times, Le Monde, Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times.

He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.

Here are the Myron Bolitar novels in series order:

Deal Breaker
Drop Shot
Fade Away
Back Spin
One False Move
The Final Detail
Darkest Fear
Promise Me
Long Lost

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By johnverp on 1 Jun 2009
Format: Paperback
A professional couple uses spyware to spy on their son, Adam, who remains troubled by the recent suicide of his friend. Adam then goes missing and drug-world connections are implied . Another plot thread is provided by the couple's daughter who has a friend who was on the wrong side of an unfortunate remark by a teacher at their school.

This is a typical Coben novel which keeps you turning the pages because Coben is so good at withholding crucial bits of the story and keeping the tension tight. A lot of coincidences keep the story running, however, and I also felt that Coben's usual wit and insights were missing from his writing this time. There are a host of characters in the novel sometimes making it hard to keep up - all of them installed into the story-line, no doubt, to keep readers guessing about what really is going on.

In short, a pretty riveting read but one which didn't display all of the skills we know Coben has.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. B. Kelly VINE VOICE on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
I was utterly gripped by the first few chapters as Mike and Tia desperately look for their missing son and a crazy man is abducting carefully-targeted women for torture and murder.

But then the pace becomes uneven and, while characterisation is never the great strength of Coben's books, all but the major characters here seem badly underwritten.

The different strands of plot are brought together in the last chapter in a way I can only describe as unconvincing and perfunctory.

He's written much better. New readers, don't start here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EduardLaw on 5 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
The first Coben book I've read and a huge disappointment considering all the positive things I'd heard about his work. I found all of the characters totally unbelievable and some of the clichés were so painfully bad it made reading hard work. At points I had to put the book down after page upon page of meaningless drivel along the lines of "She loved her kids and she would have done anything for them [insert bland anecdote about when she was at college] she would die for her kids, she thought" *yawn*.

I also found the serial killer character completely ridiculous. His lack of development as a character was completely woeful. The story would have benefited from removing that thread entirely and saving us all 50 pages of our time.

I would strongly advise against reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LittleReader VINE VOICE on 7 Mar 2009
Format: Paperback
I do so enjoy a good Harlan Coben novel. It's that cheesiness and 'all American' feel coupled with a juicy plot that really holds my attention.
'Hold Tight' is well constructed and the pace is excellent. The story is multi-layered and though this could have been confusing with a less accomplished novelist, it works well in this instance.
Tense, a little bit grim at times and suspenseful - almost perfect...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By david on 2 April 2010
Format: Paperback
I bought this book after I heard somebody on the radio describe it as "like crack cocaine...". Having read it, I realise that this is actually more accurate than I first thought . It certainly is quite addictive, but also like cocaine it certainly isn't going to expand your mind. (DOI I have never taken crack cocaine.) Coben starts off with a note explaining that the technology he describes in the book is all real, and it is obvious he has spent some time researching all the different types of spyware available. However, he comes across like someone who does really doesn't "get" modern technology, and his descriptions of it in the story are pretty clunky. He reminds me of a lecturer I had years ago at uni who asked the class if we were "in-line with the internet". I wouldn't be surprised if early drafts of this book had words like "e-mail" in inverted commas. He also seems determined to include all the different technologies that he discovered, regardless of whether the plot calls for it. For example, the Lewistons watching their child via the camera on the laptop, for no apparent reason other than that they are able to.
Another reviewer has mentioned that the characters are 2 dimensional, but frankly I have been unable to identify a second dimension in any of them. The baddies are so bad they just about cackle and rub their hands together, whilst the goodies would never so much as break the speed limit. The main character, Mike Baye (who I picture looking like Mr Incredible out of The Incredibles), is a surgeon who also plays All American hockey (whatever that is), and not just a surgeon, but a transplant surgeon....and not just a transplant surgeon, but the best transplant surgeon in America. And his partner is the best cardiologist in America or something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julia Flyte TOP 100 REVIEWER on 6 May 2008
Format: Hardcover
Harlan Coben specialises in writing intricate and suspenseful mysteries that keep you turning pages late into the night. His first (and to my mind, his best) standalone murder mystery was "Tell No One". Since then he has written several more mysteries which felt increasingly similar in plot. I was pleasantly surprised that "Hold Tight" marks a departure in formula, in that it doesn't kick off with an ancient murder case or long ago disappearance. While this does mean that the book struggles a little to find its own momentum, at least Coben is trying something different instead of giving us more of the same.

"Hold Tight" juggles a number of different stories, all of which in some way centre on the theme of parents trying to protect and/or understand their children. While initially they seem to be quite disparate plotlines, eventually the connections between them become apparent and it is this process of putting the jigsaw pieces together that is the most satisfying part of reading "Hold Tight". One of the things that I really like about Harlan Coben's writing is that there are never any loose ends or things that get left unexplained.

"Hold Tight" is a little slower in pace than his other novels and at times it gets confusing keeping track of so many people, but it's still is a satisfying mystery that keeps the suspense going until the final pages.
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