Fear the Worst Your daughter doesn t come home one night from her summer job You go there looking for her No one s seen her But it s worse than that No one s ever seen her So where has she been going every day And w

  • Title: Fear the Worst
  • Author: Linwood Barclay
  • ISBN: 9780553807165
  • Page: 438
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Your daughter doesn t come home one night from her summer job You go there looking for her No one s seen her But it s worse than that No one s ever seen her So where has she been going every day And where is she now In Linwood Barclay s riveting new thriller, an ordinary man s desperate search for his daughter leads him into a dark world of corruption, exploitation,Your daughter doesn t come home one night from her summer job You go there looking for her No one s seen her But it s worse than that No one s ever seen her So where has she been going every day And where is she now In Linwood Barclay s riveting new thriller, an ordinary man s desperate search for his daughter leads him into a dark world of corruption, exploitation, and murder Tim Blake is about to learn that the people you think you know best are the ones harboring the biggest secrets.Tim is an average guy He sells cars He has an ex wife She s moved in with a man whose moody son spends time online than he should His girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake It s not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare Tim for the nightmare that s about to begin.Sydney vanishes 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 the daughter he s loved and thought he knew is a virtual stranger.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 Syd as much as Tim does But they re not planning a Welcome Home party.The closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he

    Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay Fear the Worst was a decent read for the first of the book, not spectacular, just decent Decent ended for me at the end of chapter , page of the hardcover edition I was reading I can t elaborate for fear of giving a significant spoiler My suspension of disbelief was all used up at that point. Fear the Worst A Thriller Barclay, Linwood Fear the Worst is one of my favorite thrillers It follows Tim Blake Blake s daughter Sydney disappears Things get interesting when Tim goes to the place she worked and they have never heard of her As Blake digs deeper, it begins to look like Sydney s life is a lie No one knows her The police soon turn the spotlight on Blake. Fear the Worst Linwood Barclay Barclay pushes the edge of suspense to the edge and beyond, offering a revealing peek into the human psyche, exploring every parent s worst fear Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Vendetta Canada s current thriller king Fear the Worst has a throat grabbing premise. Fear the worst Idioms by The Free Dictionary fear the worst To worry or expect that the worst possible outcome will happen I feared the worst when the boss called me into her office, but she just wanted to go over travel plans for the upcoming conference It ll be a few days before we get the test results back, so try not to fear the worst. FEAR THE WORST definition in the Cambridge English fear the worst to feel certain that the worst possible thing has happened or is likely to happen When the doctor finally called, she feared the worst Want to learn Fear The Worst Definition of Fear The Worst by Merriam Definition of fear the worst to fear that the worst possible thing has happened When we heard there had been an accident, we feared the worst Learn More about fear the worst Share fear the worst

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    About "Linwood Barclay"

    1. Linwood Barclay

      Linwood Barclay is the 1 internationally bestselling author of thirteen novels, including Trust Your Eyes, A Tap on the Window, No Time for Goodbye and that novel s followup, No Safe House.This summer, his thriller Broken Promise, the first of three linked novels about his fictional upstate New York town Promise Falls, will be released Book two will come nine months later, and another nine months after that, the conclusion will be released.Over the years, several of Barclay s novels have been optioned for film and television Most recently, No Time for Goodbye has been optioned for television in France, and in 2012, Trust Your Eyes was the object of a film rights bidding war between Universal and Warner Bros.After spending his formative years helping run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16, Barclay got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada s largest circulation newspaper.He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, before becoming the paper s humour columnist in 1993 He was one of the paper s most popular columnists before retiring from the position in 2008 to work exclusively on books.In 2004, he launched his mystery series about an anxiety ridden, know it all, pain in the butt father by the name of Zack Walker Bad Move, the first book, was followed by three Zack Walker thrillers Bad Guys, Lone Wolf, and Stone Rain.His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was published in 2007 to critical acclaim and great international success The following year, it was a Richard and Judy Summer Read selection in the UK, and did seven straight weeks at 1 on the UK bestseller list.The book has been sold around the world and been translated into nearly thirty languages.Barclay was born in the United States but moved to Canada just before turning four years old when his father, a commercial artist whose illustrations of cars appeared in Life, Look and Saturday Evening Post before photography took over , accepted a position with an advertising agency north of the border.Barclay, who graduated with an English literature degree from Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, was fortunate to have some very fine mentors in particular, the celebrated Canadian author Margaret Laurence, whom Linwood first met when she served as writer in residence at Trent, and Kenneth Millar, who, under the name Ross Macdonald, wrote the acclaimed series of mystery novels featuring detective Lew Archer.It was at Trent that he met Neetha, the woman who would become his wife They have two children, Spencer and Paige.

    644 thoughts on “Fear the Worst”

    1. Timothy Blake got up that morning and in due course proceeded to make scrambled eggs for his seventeen year old daughter Sydney, who was spending the summer with him Sydney was growing up fast and pushing hard for her independance Last year she was content with the part time job Tim had secured for her at his car dealership but this year she had secured her own employment at a local Inn Tim wanted to support his daughter and her struggle to make her own way but could not help but be concerned wh [...]


    2. 3.5 starsTim Blake, a divorced car salesman in Milford, Connecticut, has his 17 year old daughter Sydney living with him for the summer Sydney has a summer job at a cheap local motel called Just Inn Time One morning Sydney goes off to work and doesn t come home When Tim goes to Just Inn Time looking for his daughter he s told Sydney never worked there and no one there has ever seen her Confused and worried Tim reports his daughter missing and begins an obsessive search for her When she s not liv [...]


    3. I had a great time reading this fast paced thriller set at a car dealership with my two fabulous book buddies Betsy and Sheila This is a really fun choice for a buddy read, especially if you break it up the way Betsy did and end on a cliffhanger every time, lol I liked this one even that my last Barclay The Accident , and I think now it s safe to say that I m a full fledged LB groupie I liked the way this story is told with one point of view Tim s and is completely linear It really made me feel [...]


    4. I won a copy of this book from good reads giveaways This was the first book I d read by Linwood Barclay, and I enjoyed the story Great summer reading Tim Blake is a divorced Connecticut car salesman His teenage daughter Sydney is staying with him for the summer One night she doesn t come home from work Tim goes looking for her at the inn where she s been working, and is told she never worked there He tries to go on with his normal life while looking for Sydney, and eventually devotes all of his [...]


    5. A decent thriller based on an aging themeQuite a few mystery thrillers have been written based on the disappearance of a person, seemingly without trace, only to have those amongst whom they were thought to live and work deny their very existence The first of these, to my knowledge, was So Long at the Fair by Anthony Thorne, first published in 1947 That one was about a man who disappeared in Paris just before the Paris Exhibition in 1879 Her sister tries to track him down It later became a film [...]


    6. When Tim Blake s daughter Sydney goes missing he soon discovers that maybe he didn t know her as well as he thought Why would she disappear without a trace and why does nobody at the hotel she works at know anything about her Pretty soon it becomes apparent that he is not the only one trying to find Sydney but who are these people who it seems are prepared to stop at nothing to find her There is a lot of action packed into this book and it did sometimes feel as if there was too much of it, just [...]


    7. The premise of this book is an interesting one what would you do if, as a loving parent, your teenage daughter disappeared one day And, added to that, what if you went to her workplace and they told you she d never worked there, and they had no idea who she was The beginning of the novel, when a father is in just this situation, is really quite good Unfortunately, it quickly becomes overburdened with a growing cast of characters and dozens of convoluted occurences, and the end result was a thril [...]


    8. Years ago, when my daughter was 3, I had just overcome a bad bout of sciatica and went shopping the day after Thanksgiving with her and with my elderly mother My daughter disappeared in the store and with visions of little beheaded and murdered Adam Walsh rolling in my head, I hobbled to the manager and demanded a complete shutdown of the store and that the city police, county sheriff, state patrol, and the National Guard be called in at once while I shook down everyone in the store and parking [...]


    9. I loved this book, this is the 2nd book by Linwood Barclay that I have read and he has not let me down yet This book went in directions that I did not expect Well done Mr Barclay


    10. Fear the Worst was a decent read for the first 2 3 of the book, not spectacular, just decent Decent ended for me at the end of chapter 35, page 309 of the hardcover edition I was reading I can t elaborate for fear of giving a significant spoiler My suspension of disbelief was all used up at that point This particular coincidence was over the top and absolutely unbelievable After page 309, the whole story became ridiculous, predictable, and less than mediocre.Fear the Worst was a disappointment W [...]


    11. I d just finished another of this author s books and was looking for something light and easy This is hardly a thriller as his other book is, but it s still a pageturner My only problem is that the author doesn t follow Chekov s rule about the gun in the first act going off in the third act Spoiler below Why was the main character s house searched What were the bad guys looking for I thought FOR SURE that when the father had taken the stuffed animal on his road trip, his daughter had hidden some [...]


    12. Fear the Worst is another wonderful read from Linwood Barclay He is a master at writing interesting plots with entertaining characters 4 stars


    13. Imagine that one morning your teen age daughter goes to her summer job and disappears Linwood Barclay captures that single moment in all of its frantic terror, and suspends it in time Into this void, he occupies us with circumspect introductions to his characters We learn that the girl who has disappeared is named Sydney We see her exclusively through the eyes of her father, Tim, a failed dealer and now a car salesman treading water in his career Tim s ex wife Susanne s boyfriend, Bob Janigan, o [...]


    14. This novel grabs your attention from the start.Tim Blake has his 17 year old daughter, Sydney, staying with him during the summer She never comes home from her job in a local motel Tim goes to the hotel and asks the management about her They don t know her and inform him that she never worked there He tries to keep his life going and barely succeeds until the police tell him that they ve found his daughter s car in a local parking lot.What would you do as a parent Tim becomes a modern Everyman H [...]


    15. Well, it was a decent read He keeps the suspense moving at a decent clip Nothing earth shattering, and a few ridiculous coincidences But overall a solid enough plane thriller as I warm up for Infinite Jest.


    16. What can i say, i just love LB, his books are all amazing, you just need to open one and start reading you won t be disappointed


    17. I couldn t put it down read it in one night His protagonist reminded me of most of Harlon Coben s characters Timothy Blake was a believable, oblivious single father treading a tightrope dealing with a teenager his ex wife and Bob were flawed people who had made their own mistakes The book doesn t treat police very well, but I m afraid that was pretty realistic, too Interesting details in the plot were the cell phone scam, the preying on teens for a credit card racket, and the trafficking in ille [...]


    18. Wow I have just discovered my newest favourite Canadian author Linwood Barclay makes no bones about writing thrilling, fast paced, hold onto your seat, and don t take your eyes off the page story telling His talent for spinning out a bone chilling mystery and thriller with neatly and precisely carved characters is mind blowing Lots of thrills and unexpected s in this one I m on the hunt for ALL this author s work now lolFrom dust jacket Your daughter doesn t come home one night from her summer j [...]


    19. My first encounter with Linwood Barclay came through A Tap on the Window, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed I planned to buy Linwood Barclay books when a relative of mine offered me some of her books to read, two of which were Linwood Barclay books Needless to say, I was over the moon and quickly jumped in.I was not at all disappointed by Fear the Worst As with A Tap on the Window and the other Linwood Barclay books which I have gone on to read following Fear the Worst it was a great book which [...]


    20. Tim Blake is divorced He is looking forward to spending the summer with his seventeen year old daughter, Sydney This year through she won t be working at the car dealership that he works at Sydney found herself a job working at the Just In Time hotel, which caters to traveling business men When Sydney doesn t come home, Tim heads to the hotel only to learn his worst nightmare has just begun Sydney has gone missing, without a trace It is as if she never existed The hotel staff tells Tim that no o [...]


    21. I m sure many of you have read Linwood Barclay s, No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home.You will find that in Fear the Worst Barclay has again put the reader on edge A young girl, Syd Blake, goes to work at a hotel one morning and disappears Not only does she disappear but when her father inquires at the Just Inn Time inn where she supposedly works, no one has ever heard of her.Syd s father, Tim, starts searching for her and finds nothing but problems, both from his ex wife s boyfriend and t [...]


    22. This is a First Reads my first First Reads , and I m not sure if the book is out yet to the general public but it should be soon It s a decent thriller, and an absolute page turner because, if for nothing else, the main character, Tim, rarely stops moving The prose, while not particularly great, is solidly okay clean and simple and this also keeps the eyes moving quickly although, FYI Barclay no one in the states refers to drunk people as being pissed, nor do many use the term bum to refer to a [...]


    23. Won t bother with an outline of the plot as other reviewers have done so very capably.Simply a romping good read.I thought it was a little slow to begin with, and without knowing anything about Lynwood Barclay before, was gauging incorrectly that he was a fledgling author just cutting his teeth.But once Sydney goes missing, he moves into top gear.Character development is excellent Each person in the book has a distinct personality which naturally draws you in and keeps you engaged.And the plot t [...]


    24. The story starts with a good hook Tim Blake had a fight with his daughter and now she is missing As he tries to find her, the intrigue deepens as everything he believed he knew about her appears to be false What follows is Tim s unyielding effort to unscramble the lies from the truth and find her.The characters are unremarkable Tim Blake is a divorced Dad and a used car salesman His ex wife lives with her new boyfriend, another car dealer, and his teenage son Tim Blake has to work with his daugh [...]


    25. This book started out really good but somehow in the middle it all went terribly wrong, things just didn t seem possible or believable about all how these people meshed together in some way It could of went way better than originally told.


    26. Hurray for stand alone thrillers Tim Blake arrives to pick up his teenage daughter from work, only to be told she has never worked there Why has she been lying Did she runaway Why hasn t she called It wasn t that big of an argument Where is she What follows is a fast paced jaunt from petty crimes to murder with the backdrop of a car dealership Mysteries are all about the foreshadowing details and I didn t see the one throw away line that pulled the story together I did see a few too many others [...]


    27. Linwood Barclay is fast becoming a favorite author It seems like all his books so far have been very good This one, like others he wrote, starts off fairly slow and keeps building up until it was hard to stop reading The only minus to me is that, also like some others of his, the characters seem to make some bad decisions that seem obvious to me, but it gets them in trouble However, they are usually under stress, and that makes it hard to think straight Also, I m an expert because I read a lot o [...]




    28. My 2nd read of Linwood Barclay s and it s so amazing I love his elusive thinking and how unpredictable the flow has been It had occurred to me to do something I hadn t done for Sydney since she was a little girl I took half of the eggshell I d just cracked and, using a soft pencil from the cutlery drawer, drew a face on it A toothy grin, a half circle for a nose, and two menacing looking eyes I drew a line from the mouth to the back side of the shell, where I printed, Smile, damn it Tim while pr [...]


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