Harlan Coben is one of the thriller genre's biggest stars. HOLD TIGHT went straight to No.1 on the Sunday Times bestseller list. His previous novel, THE WOODS, was also a No.1 bestseller. He has won all the major US crime awards, including the Edgar and the Anthony. A regular Sunday Times and New York Times bestseller, he is also a multiple Guardian fastseller. Harlan Coben always receives incredible reviews: 'Harlan Coben is the modern master of the hook-and-twist - luring you in on the first page, only to shock you on the last' Dan Brown. 'A cracking thriller that whizzes along at top speed' Daily Express. 'A pulsing, pacy, devour-at-one-sitting thriller ... Coben grabs you with the opening paragraph and never lets you go' Observer. 'Harlan Coben always has a good tale to tell, and he knows how to present it with elegance, pace and loads of tension' Guardian. 'Cements his reputation as a top-class mystery writer' Independent on Sunday. 'Coben's genius - and his most frustrating trick - is that he makes it all seem so obvious, then kicks your legs away before the end' FHM 'Coben is still one of America's masters of the hook, the twist and the surprise ending' Literary Review.
Harlan Coben was the first ever author to win all three major crime awards in the US, and is now established at the top of the genre. He lives in New Jersey with his wife and four children.
Parents will find this compulsive page-turner from Edgar-winner Coben (The Woods) particularly unnerving. A sadistic killer is at play in suburban Glen Rock, N.J., outside New York City, but somehow he's less frightening than the more mundane problems that send ordinary lives into chaos. How do you weigh a child's privacy against a parent's right to know? How do you differentiate normal teenage rebelliousness from out-of-control behavior? When and how do you intervene if suicidal signs appear? Other issues include single parenting; career versus family; marital honesty; and how much information you should share with a child at what age. Coben plucks each of these strings like a virtuoso as Mike and Tia Baye try to deal with the increasing withdrawal of their 16-year-old son, Adam, after a friend's suicide. A pair of brutal, seemingly senseless killings, punctuate the unfolding domestic troubles that ratchet up the tension and engulf the Baye family, their friends and neighbors in a web of increasing tragedy. The "this could be me" factor lends poignancy to the thrills and chills. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"The undertow of savagery beneath the calm surface of suburban life is a theme that runs throughout Coben's dark, tautly structured thrillers, in which nothing is quite what it seems to be" -- Christina Koning TIMES 'Excellent thriller from one of America's best popular novelists' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY "zigzags between two chilling plots" CANDIS "the suspense keeps you hooked to the last word" TELEGRAPH & ARGUS "Coben dleivers yet another gripping read... addictive from the start... if you want dram, tension, tears and intrigue, this is the book to buy" NEWSSHOPPER.CO.UK "His thrillers come with the guarantee of a great read and a twist in the tale, and again he delivers the goods" EVENING TELEGRAPH "One of his finest stand alone novels" GOOD BOOK GUIDE
"Just stay quiet and all safe." Not a good message to find when spying on your 16-year-old son's computer. With a national tour. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.