Harlan Coben’s suspense fiction usually involves rapid action and dialogue revolving around ordinary people who find their lives changed by extraordinary events, and Hold Tight is no exception. Tina and Mike Baye are parents of sixteen year-old Adam, worried because Adam’s friend has recently committed suicide and Adam has become distant and secretive, then disappears. They debate the issue of their son’s privacy and install a spy program on Adam’s computer, resulting in their finding a disturbing message on the computer. The story also involves a sadistic killer and neighbors with their own problems. The various plot lines converge and the suspense continues until the last page. Coben raises many issues for parents today–how much freedom and privacy to allow our children? What lengths will we go to in order to protect them? How much information do we share with children and at what age? How much privacy are children entitled to? I found the book hard to put down and, if you have children, the questions raised by the story are ones to think about for a long time.