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Fear The Worst

by Barclay Linwood

Doubleday Canada | May 13, 2009 | Trade Paperback

Fear The Worst is rated 3.5385 out of 5 by 13.
Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake’s summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she’s spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter’s friends for clues leads Tim nowhere — except to threats against his life — and as he frantically chases every lead, he can’t help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter — no matter how high the stakes become.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.55 × 6.15 × 1.35 in

Published: May 13, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668023

ISBN - 13: 9780385668026

Found in: Mystery and Suspense

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh - Take it or Leave It The novel touched on some interesting topics that are getting more and more attention in the media. The characters were ok but the stroy was predictable. Most of the twists and turns I saw coming form a mile based on some well laid hints in earlier parts of the story. Where the book suffers is Barclay's insistence in trying to end on a happy note and wrap up issues larger than the novel. Despite that i would still reccomend it to a friend looking for a fast read on a rainy weekend.
Date published: 2014-03-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from More Mystery than Thriller This review was originally posted on my book review blog Blood Rose Books (http://j9books.blogspot.com) Linwood Barclay is an author known for his thrillers, and here Barclay delivers the mystery of a missing girl who no one seems to be able to explain why she is gone. Tim is just an average guy, he sells Hondas during the day and takes care of his teenage daughter Sydney at night and he kind of gets along with his ex-wife’s boyfriend and his son Evan (even though he does not like the idea of Sydney and Evan living under the same roof). Things are peaceful and getting back to normal after the divorce. Then one day Sydney vanishes into thin air, there is nothing to say that she was abducted or just decided to run away, the trail is cold. Tim refuses to believe that Sydney would just disappear and spends most of his days and nights searching for his daughter, unaware that there is something more going on in his town, events and practices that people will kill to make sure they never comes to light. I had really high expectations for this author, and maybe it is part of the hype that has surrounded him or even on the cover where it stated that Barclay was Canada’s best thriller author but I personally think that Barclay did not deliver as well as I wanted him to. The book is well written and has a good flow, despite the fact that I found there were points within the book that were slow. Approximately the first half of this book is very slow and it took about 250 pages for things to get interesting and have the plot begin to move along and the last 100 pages get really really interesting as everything comes to light. However, due to the fact that it took 250 pages to get me invested in this book I could see some readers putting the book down. I will say that Barclay knows how to do mystery, I am not too sure about the thriller part (I never felt like I was on the edge of my seat while reading this book), but mystery is where Barclay excelled in this book. I was really intrigued about why Sydney was missing and whether it was on her own accord or if she was abducted. I think that Barclay does a good job of keeping the reader guessing as to what clue will be uncovered next in Tim's search for Sydney. However, a few of the clues or leads that were a bit predictable or went in the direction I thought they would and you have to wait for Tim to catch up. Nonetheless, Barclay did a good job of having Tim discover false or misleading information that kept Tim and reader guessing. Additionally, as you continue to read you realize that there is more than one mystery that is unfolding with the information that Tim is able to obtain and you have no idea how everything is going to intersect till the end. Tim overall was an interesting character. You can feel his struggle to keep going on his search for Sydney even when there are no clues for him to follow. The constant midnight drives just searching for her, but knowing that he has to get up to work the next day to keep paying the bills so that Sydney will have a home to come back to. I think the best way to describe Tim is a dog with a bone; you just cannot take that type of drive away from a person who is willing to keep searching no matter what. Tim also develops new characteristics throughout the book and does things that he would question in any other circumstance, but this is about finding his daughter and he will do anything to achieve that. I think how Tim develops and changes throughout the book were realistic and part of his own personal survival instinct. I thought this book was going to be a thriller, but I found for the most part it lacked the thrills I wanted. However, Barclay knows how to write a mystery novel, so I am not quite ready to write this book off yet. I think I will check out another Barclay book to see if it has more of the thriller feel to it. Let me know if there are any that you would recommend. Enjoy!!!
Date published: 2013-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wow...... what excitement, your mind wanders along with this book....could it happen to you ? Your imagination twists and turns with this story.....keeps you guessing right to the end !
Date published: 2012-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good suspense book Tim Blakes' daughter goes off to her summer job to never come home...she vanishes. Tim goes to the hotel she said she had been working at but no one has ever heard of her. This is where Barclay addresses every parent's worse nightmare...the disappearance of their child. The plot is full of twists and turns that you don't see coming. This is a good suspense book from the beginnng to the end.
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Fear the worst indeed, because this book SUCKS I bought this on the cusp of a long weekend, wanting a quick thriller. What a waste of 10 dollars, time, and eyesight. Stiffly drawn characters, cliched plot turns, terrible writing. Linwood Barclay should retire his quill pen for good. Yuck!
Date published: 2010-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good some really good part, some slow part
Date published: 2010-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another Great book by Barclay Once again Linwood made another great book....it was a good, quick read. Once I read his book Too Close to home...I went out and bought all his books and have read all of them, and they all have a great story line and humour that no other author can do!!!
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A Disappointment This is the second book that I have read by this Author. I did not enjoy the first one, and the same fate beholds this title. I wanted to enjoy this book, and I am proud of the Author being Canadian - but the writing is just too stilled for me. The movement too broken, and I never felt for the characters. No concern of their plight formed for me. I was so very excited to begin reading this title and I struggled to finish.
Date published: 2009-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gone, gone, gone, she's been gone so long. The simplest praise I can give this title: I read it in one sitting and that's something I haven't done in a long time. This is my first Linwood Barclay title and he had been recommended to me in the past. Based on this title, I'm seriously considering going back and reading his previous works. He does a wonderful job of ratcheting up the tension, and of making us feel the main character's pain. Not only has his daughter gone missing, but the places she said she has been going have never heard of her. And worse, the police quickly convince themselves that the father is to blame. This was a great read, one you won't be able to put down.
Date published: 2009-09-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Tight, Taut, Suspense Reason for Reading: Last year I read and enjoyed Barclay's Too Close to Home so much I just had to read his newest book. Comments: One day Tim Blake's 17yo daughter Syd goes off to work her summer job as per usual but she doesn't come home. Since they had a spat that morning he gives her some leeway thinking she's angry and not calling to say she's working late but once plenty of time has gone by he drops by the hotel she's been working at all summer to find out that they've never heard of her, she hasn't worked there at all. And thus begins the worst journey of Tim's life as he searches for his missing duahter finding out about a dark and dangerous world he'd never known existed and also finding out that the police are not always on your side. Wonderful book. First, a very different type of story than Too Close to Home, which is closer to my usual murder mystery genre. This one would be classified more as a suspense and I could very much see it as a being made into a movie. The plot isn't exactly fast-paced as it is pretty much one theme all along, the search for Sydney, or rather the chase. However, there is so much action happening all the time that the book does move along at a fast past. The twists and turns and reveals that are thrown regularly at the reader at any point in the story keeps the suspense and tension high, as one doesn't know what is going to happen next or who is not really whom they seem to be. From the two books I've read, I'm seeing this as Barclay's forte as an author. I look forward to reading more of his books. I enjoy Barclay's writing. He keeps a tight, taut thriller with plenty of possible chances for the reader to figure it out but with all the twists from start to finish you'll be lucky to completely solve the intricate plot on your own. I had my eye on a suspect from the beginning but what they were guilty of I hadn't a clue, I was right in the end, but not very proud of simply picking out a guilty person. The only thing I'm not pleased with is the ending. The mystery plot itself is wrapped up nicely but it ends with the characters and it's a "what the?" ending. It's very abrupt and seeing as where the characters' plot was going, disappointing. Not a nice note, for me at least, to end a book on. If you've read the book you'll know what I mean. If you haven't don't let that stop you reading the book. Books don't always have "happily ever after" endings and this one is worth the ride. Looking forward to dipping into Barclay's backlist and hopefully a new book in the new year (2010)!
Date published: 2009-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You won't be able to put it down... It's the kind of cover that grabs me, there's a Steve Berry blurb, but it's the new Linwood Barclay from Random House Canada and I don't need to be 'sold' on him - I just know I'm in for a fantastic, suspense filled read! How could you not be hooked by the opening line? "The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble here some eggs." Tim Blake is a divorced car salesman. He is thrilled that his teenage daughter Sydney will be living with him for the summer. She's working at a local hotel. Or so he thought....When Syd is late for supper one night, he decides to pick her up from work. It's the first time he's seen where she works. Or doesn't work.....No one at the hotel has ever heard of her. Where has she been going every day? Where is she now? Every parent's nightmare - she has vanished into thin air. While Tim is frantically searches for Syd, so are others....but not for the same reasons. Barclay is back with yet another page turner in Fear the Worst, that kept me up all night, reading 'just one more chapter', until I fell asleep with the lights on. The plot is full of twists and turns that you don't see coming. Lots of red herrings and an abrupt ending I didn't predict. Tim is an everyday guy thrust into a nightmare. He is likable, funny and believable as an anguished father. We get to know bits and pieces of Syd's life through her friends, mother and stepfather, but the driving question remains - where is Syd? If you're looking for a fast paced, hugely entertaining thriller, this is the book for you. Actually Linwood Barclay is the author for you. Every one of this Canadian author's books have been winners for me!
Date published: 2009-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fear Picking This Book Up Barclay has done it again -- he has written a tight, well crafted tale of suspense out of a seemingly every day occurance gone wrong. The reason the title for this review is "fear picking this book up" is because of it's un-put-downable nature. It is so well written that I had trouble actually finding a spot to stop reading. Barclay is a master at throwing an average everyday type person into the role of crime-solver, allowing the reader to feel a closer connection to them. Not everyone can be a top notch criminal investigator, but many readers will be able to relate to Tim Blake, car salesman whose daughter disappears one day. Barclay addresses every parent's worst fear wonderfully in this fantastic thrill-ride story. And as he has done in his previous novels, he unravels some fun and interesting twists and turns
Date published: 2009-08-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling page turner! The book starts off with Tim Blake, a normal average car salesman who finds out his daughter is missing. When he goes where she's currently employed to ask if they might have seen her, he finds out they haven't even heard of her. In turn, this opens up a huge can of worms as Tim is set off on a wild goose chase that's filled with more twists and turns I have ever seen in a book. I liked how the main protagonist is a simple car salesman. We don't get very "normal average every day" people as the ones who are caught up in this sort of dilemma. It's a nice refresher and gives you a break from other stories which always include either a detective, a member of the police, or even a member of the military. It gives the plot an overall realistic flavour to it. However wrong it is, a lot of teenagers and children are missing everyday and we don't usually see it from the parent's point of view. My heart went out for Tim. I don't know how it feel like to be a parent but sometimes on my evil juvenile days I used to make my parents worry a lot and they would probably feel like Tim did. There were times in the book where his acts of desperation in finding his daughter just makes your heart want to sink. He's not exactly a character you would like or dislike, but he's someone you would cheer for until the end. I don't have many criticisms for this book. I just advise if you are going to read this, pay very close attention. :) The book has plenty of twists and turns and throughout the book you find everybody has a dirty little secret and as you follow Tim you eventually figure them out. I actually liked that, as some of their secrets are related to the disappearance of his daughter. Some weren't but it was just interesting to know anyway. The ending was something I did not expect. I was already putting the blame on whoever was coming along but afterwards when it all sinks in it's rather shocking and almost..creepy. I just like it how it all started with one huge large difficult puzzle and the pieces just fit together nicely in the end. It's a great book if you're into twists and turns and unexpected finds.
Date published: 2009-08-14

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Fear The Worst

by Barclay Linwood

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 9.55 × 6.15 × 1.35 in

Published: May 13, 2009

Publisher: Doubleday Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0385668023

ISBN - 13: 9780385668026

Read from the Book

PROLOGUE The morning of the day I lost her, my daughter asked me to scramble her some eggs. “Want bacon with it?” I shouted up to the second floor, where she was still getting ready for work. “No,” Sydney called down from the bathroom. “Toast?” I asked. “No,” she said. I heard a clapping noise. The hair straightener. That noise usually signaled she was nearing the end of her morning routine. “Cheese in the eggs?” “No,” she said. Then, “A little?” I went back into the kitchen, opened the fridge, and took out eggs, a block of cheddar, and orange juice. I put a filter into the coffeemaker, spooned in some coffee, poured in four cups of water, and hit the button. Syd’s mother Susanne, my ex, who’d recently moved in with her boyfriend Bob on the other side of the river in Stratford, would probably say I was spoiling her, that our daughter was old enough at seventeen to be able to make her own breakfast. But it was such a treat to have her stay with me for the summer I didn’t mind pampering her. Last year I’d found her a job at the Honda dealership where I work, just this side of that same river here in Milford. While there were moments when we wanted to kill each other, overall it had been a pretty good experience sharing digs. This year, however, Sydney had opted not to work at the dealership. Living with me was enough. Having me keep an eye on her while she worked was some
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Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake’s summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she’s spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter’s friends for clues leads Tim nowhere — except to threats against his life — and as he frantically chases every lead, he can’t help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter — no matter how high the stakes become.

From the Jacket

Praise for Too Close to Home:
“Barclay’s latest and best thriller.”
— The Globe and Mail

“A terrifically fast-paced suspense story.”
— The Washington Post


Praise for No Time for Goodbye:
“A straight-faced page turner.”
— Toronto Star

“An anxiety-inducing thriller.”
— USA Today

About the Author

Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star and the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including Too Close to Home and No Time for Goodbye, a #1 Sunday Times (UK) bestseller. He lives near Toronto with his wife.

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Too Close to Home:
“Barclay’s latest and best thriller.”
— The Globe and Mail

“A terrifically fast-paced suspense story.”
— The Washington Post


Praise for No Time for Goodbye:
“A straight-faced page turner.”
— Toronto Star

“An anxiety-inducing thriller.”
— USA Today