‘Hold Tight’: Harlan Coben’s New Netflix Show Has a Connection to ‘The Woods’

TL; DR:

  • Hold Tight, a new series based on a book by Harlan Coben, premieres April 22 on Netflix.
  • Two characters from The Woods will appear in the new show.
  • Several other books by Coben have been adapted by Netflix, including Gone for Good and Stay Close.

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Another Harlan Coben series is coming to Netflix. ​​The best-selling author’s deal with the streaming service has already resulted in edge-of-y​​our-seat adaptations of books such as Stay Close and Gone for Good. Now, ​​Hold Tight is about t​​o drop. Keep reading to​​​​ find o​​​​ut the release date – and how the new show is connected to​​​​ The Woo​​​​ds.

‘Hold Tight’ releases April 22 on Netflix 

The new series Hold Tight releases Friday, April 22 on Netflix. The six-episode Polish series stars Magdalena Boczarska, Leszek Lichota, Krzysztof Oleksyn, Agata Labno, Mirosław Zbrojewicz, Grzegorz Damięcki, and Agnieszka Grochowska.

Here’s the official synopsis for the show: 

When a young man goes missing soon after his friend dies, life in a tight-knit affluent Warsaw suburb slowly unravels, exposing secrets and lies.

The series is based on Coben’s 2008 book of the same name. 

Two characters from ‘The Woods’ return for Hold Tight’ 

Man with gray hair and wearing a suit standing in a hallway in Netflix's 'The Woods'
‘The Woods’ | Krzysztof Wiktor/Netflix

Hold Tight isn’t Coben’s first Polish-language series for Neflix. The first was 2020’s The Woods, about a series of strange murders at a summer camp. 

Hold Tight and The Woods are both based on standalone novels, and Hold Tight isn’t an official sequel to The Woods. But two characters from the earlier series will appear in the new one. Grochowska, who played Laura in The Woods, and Damięcki, who played Pawel, reprise their roles in Hold Tight. 

“I hope viewers in Poland and around the world will be gripped by the twists and turns in Hold Tight and I am delighted that they will not only meet the new protagonists played by Magdalena and Leszek, but also find out what happened to Laura and Paweł after The Woods,” Coben teased in a statement when Hold Tight’s cast was announced in 2021.

In The Woods, Pawel is a prosecutor haunted by the mysterious disappearance of his sister Kamila from her summer camp more than two decades earlier. In the finale, it’s hinted – though not confirmed – that he’s found his long-missing sibling. Laura is Pawel’s former girlfriend, who has her own painful memories of what happened the night Kamila vanished. 

Exactly what role Laura and Pawel will play in the new show isn’t clear. In a tweet, Coben said fans would need to “watch and learn” to find out how everything is connected.  

Other Harlan Coben series on Netflix

Hold Tight is just the latest Coben series for Netflix. The author has had a fruitful partnership with the streaming service, beginning with 2018’s Safe, which starred Dexter’s Michael C. Hall

That show was followed by The Stranger, which starred Richard Armitage and Siobhan Finneran, and The Woods, which were both released in 2020. An Spanish-language series, The Innocent, came out in 2021, as well as a French adaptation of Gone for Good. Stay Close, another English-language series, hit the streaming service in late 2021. 

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