Fear the Worst

Fear the Worst

Book - 2009
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After failing to come home after work one night, Tim begins looking for his seventeen year old daughter only to discover that no one at her work has ever met her. Tim’s normal life is thrown upside-down when he realizes he didn't know his daughter as well as he thought, and the suburban Connecticut town where he lives has a much darker side.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Doubleday Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780385668026
0385668023
9781400026104
Characteristics: 399 p

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LadyJaneBrais
Jul 18, 2017

I have read everything this library carries by Linwood Barclay. He never, ever fails to disappoint me. My problem is trying to put the books down to get on with my chores and errands! If you enjoy Mr. Barclay's books, do try out Harlan Coben's books, in the same genre and tone, they are excellent, too.

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nhoj
Jan 09, 2015

Another fast paced thriller from Canadian Barclay - he never disappoints. His stories feature average people caught up in unusual circumstances that force them out of their day to day life into a fight for their life.
Here a daughter goes missing, her workplace has never heard of her, the police get nowhere and Dad gets drawn ever deeper into a complex web to find her.
No super heroes or fantastic special agents or world ending plots but ordinary people forced by circumstance to do extraordinary things.

I just completed this book and even though it was fast paced, it was rather far-fetched. Sometimes, less is more. First time reading this Canadian author and will try another of his books as I love to support our Canadian writers.

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Lilybop1
Aug 13, 2014

This is a very enjoyable read. Lots of plot with twists and turns until the end - also good character development. I will definitely read more by this author.

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bedard4012
Apr 07, 2012

I had to read this book for book club at school, and i found it amazing. It is a really good mystery and it leaves you on the edge of your seats at each chapter. I think they should make a movie for this book, i woulddefinatly watch it. I am usually not a huge fan of mystery books but after reading this one i have read some great mysterys such as 'Then There Were None',another one is 'the next accident' I would suggest any one who likes mystery to read any of these books. Enjoy!

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charlesandrew
Apr 03, 2012

Plot is strong up until the last third of the book, where my two complaints pop up:
1. a twist near the end that feels like Barclay pulled it out of his rear.
2. After the chaos throughout the story, which results in numerous deaths and property destruction, the book just...ends, with no real sense of closure.

I am a huge fan of Linwood Barclay, but this is the weakest of his thrillers.

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Carmine1
Feb 10, 2012

A little slow starting but once you you get into it there is a lot of twists. Keeps you guessing right to the end.

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jjsmithson
Aug 13, 2011

I couldn't put this book down! It was very suspenseful and kept me hooked until the end! I will definitely be checking out more Barclay books :)

ashlyngagne Apr 08, 2011

Fear The Worst has been by far my favourite book!! i recommend it for a great and exciting read!!

cailjarv42 Apr 08, 2011

I really like this book!! It was a great mystery and i didnt expect the ending at all!!!

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buster1980
Apr 18, 2017

Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has and ex-wife who's moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. Tim's girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It's not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare him for the nightmare that's about to begin. His daughter, Sydney, has vanished into thin air. At the hotel where she supposedly worked, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends seem to be at a loss. Now, as the days pass without word, Tim must face the fact that not only is Sydney missing, but that he may not have known his daughter as well as he thought.
As he retraces Sydney's steps, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as idyllic is anything but. What he doesn't know is that his every move is being watched. There are others who want to find Sydney as much as Tim does.
But they're not planning a welcome-home party. The closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he comes to every parent's worst nightmare--and the kind of evil only a parent's love has a chance in hell of stopping.

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buster1980
Apr 18, 2017

"The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs."

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