Hold Tight is another worthwhile Harlan Coben adapted story.
This review of the Netflix limited series Hold Tight does not contain spoilers.
We can be forgiven that Hold Tight came to our screens, and we nearly forgot about it. There’s so much in the pipeline from Harlan Coben’s collection that it’s challenging to keep up. But with the success of recent series (The Innocent, Stay Close), Netflix must be enjoying having this universe in their armory (they certainly need it after recent drops in subscribers).
If you are familiar with a Harlan Coben story, you will know that audiences are taken down a specific, intrinsic path before being hammered with an ultimate twist. That appears to be the theme anyway. You can forgive the meandering dialogue and the quick turn of events. These stories are designed to thrill at a balanced pace.
And so, with consistency, Hold Tight provides familiarity in that sense. A story about a young boy named Adam, presumably holding a secret about the death of his best friend Igor while his mother worries for him. It starts as a simplistic story of an overbearing mother and a grieving son, but it soon becomes a conspiratorial nightmare. The story becomes more about Igor, and disappearances and violence in the community become routine. Of course, the actual task is linking the plot points together.
Hold Tight eventually brings the twists, but it feels slightly underwhelming. I’m not sure if it’s because I am used to the plot structure by experiencing the recent Harlan Coben stories, but the series is also like a replica rollercoaster ride, but they’ve rebranded it repeatedly. However, removing my strong intuitive nature for familiarity, this story is well articulated and well-sewn together.
It does struggle slightly in the fourth and fifth episodes as it attempts to connect the dots, but there’s a measure of thrilling plot points that keep the viewers engaged. Having that teen drama vibe without killing the audience with an abundance of dialogue also helps. Hold Tight is another worthwhile Harlan Coben adapted story.
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