Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Hold Tight by Harlan Coben

Parents have an inborn right to get worried, so it seemed reasonable that after a suicide at their son's school, Tia and Mike Baye would secretly insert spyware into his home computer. For the first several days, their furtive surveillance uncovers nothing alarming, or at least nothing completely unexpected on the PC of a rambunctious 16-year-old boy. Then, just as the Baye's worries begin to ease, their world is jolted by a single cryptic six-word message: "Just stay quiet and all safe." When Adams goes missing, full-throttle terror enters their lives. A whodunit ripped from every parent's worst fear.
Hold Tight is a signature Harlan Coben novel. From start to finish, this book kept me reading late at night. I just want to finish it a.s.a.p. and learn what happened the night Spencer died! That's the trick, I guess, keep the readers' interested up to the last page and that's what it did to me.

This book is perfect for parents out there who would do anything to protect their children, even if sometimes they have to turn the other cheek and give in to mistakes that will eventually bite them in the ass. 

But honestly, our family is the most important thing to all of us, right? I can't see myself losing any of my parents or even my sister or my relatives. It's just so hard to make a decision that will affect greatly on their lives. Hold Tight is all about decisions, very hard choices and never ending questions regarding family and what lies beneath the surface....

Lastly, I'd like to share something to all of you. I've unearthed this post from Harlan's blog:
So yesterday I visited my publisher in New York City to sign copies of HOLD TIGHT for my wonderful sales force and for bookstores who special ordered them. I walked into the room, pen akimbo– and the table of books you see here was what greeted me. “Wow,” I said, taking the above photo with my phone. “Oh that’s only about half of them.”

A Stack of HOLD TIGHT at Harlan's Publisher's Office

I sat down and got to work. As I came upon my second hour of signing, someone asked, as someone inevitably does, “Isn’t your hand getting sore?” The honest answer: NO. My hand only gets sore when NO ONE wants me to sign a book. I still remember my early days, sitting in some Waldenbooks at a mall, no one approaching me, trying to look busy, playing with my pen, straightening out my untouched pile of bookmarks, feeling something like the authorial equivalent to a poster child (”You can buy his book…or you can turn the page…”). Now I’m supposed to complain because too many people want me to sign their books??? Forget it. I’m a lucky man. I get to write books and tell stories for a living. You the reader trust me enough to give me that opportunity. I can’t wait for you to get HOLD TIGHT. I can’t wait to receive those emails complaining that I kept you up too late or that you couldn’t put the book down or that maybe what happens to Mike and Tia and Adam and Betsy and Dante and Joe and all the rest moved you and made you think and stirred your heart. And if I see you on the road – my full tour schedule is on the myspace page or harlancoben.com – I will be thrilled to sign your book. And when I do, you will know that my hand feels just fine. Best, Harlan Coben
That's just an endearing message. I admire Harlan and his genuine gratitude to his readers... Two thumbs up for him!

My Rating: 4 ½ Stars

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Review: Faces Of Fear by John Saul

Fifteen-year-old Alison Shaw may not be beautiful, but she doesn’t really care: She’d much rather read a good book than primp in front of a mirror. But Alison’s gorgeous mother, Risa, knows that beauty can be a key to success and wishes only the best for her daughter–a wish that may come true after Risa marries widowed plastic surgeon Conrad Dunn. Conrad claims that he can turn Alison into a vision of loveliness, so the teenager reluctantly agrees to undergo the first procedure. Then Alison discovers a picture of Conrad’s first wife and notes, to her horror, a resemblance between the image in the photo and the work her stepfather is doing on her. Though, Risa refuses to acknowledge the strange similarities, Alison digs further into her stepfather’s murky past, uncovers dark secrets and even darker motives–and realizes that her worst fears are fast becoming reality.


Faces Of Fear, a book I was reluctant to buy, turned out to be one hell of a great read! I know how the story would end, and I can tell who the killer is when I was halfway through the story, but that's okay, sometimes I hate it when there's no room for guessing and surprises. But John Saul's writing changed all that.

I know loads of readers' hated the book because it was a bit of a giveaway, it's very obvious who the killer was! But that's the thing, if the author creates a sense of mystery that surrounds this killer, curiosity settles in. What would the killer do next? What goes on in his mind? Who would be the next victim? 

I had a hard time reading this book, it took me almost two weeks to finish it! Not because it's lame and all that. I was pretty busy these past few days and I can barely open a page or two. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it!

My Rating: 4 Stars

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