Fear The Worst

This book is excellent. Linwood Barclay’s newest, Fear the Worst, (published by Doubleday Canada) is a real thriller. It’s hard to put down, believe me. The story grows on you from page 1. Tim Blake is cooking breakfast for his daughter, Sydney. Since her parents split up she has been living with her mother and her mother’s boyfriend, but right now she’s staying with her dad for the summer and working at a nearby hotel. They have a bit of a tiff over a pair of Versace sunglasses while getting ready to head out the door for work but the rest of the time spent together that morning was typical of most households, just a rush for time to be somewhere else. It’s when Syd doesn’t show up for dinner that night that  Tim begins to wonder whether he spoke out of turn about those darn sunglasses earlier that day. Did Syd stomp off to one of her friend’s place to cool her heels after work? Where is she? How come she doesn’t call home? It soon becomes evident that she is missing. Even the hotel where she said she worked has no knowledge of her ever having worked there.  Tim decides that he has to devote all his energy to finding his daughter. Constantly checking his website, and riding around town searching for any clues to her whereabouts all prove futile.  Then an e-mail from some woman out in Seattle who says she’s sure she’s seen his daughter leads Tim on a wild goose chase. A whacky girlfriend who borders on the insane is thrown into the mix. So are a few people who try to kill Tim. They’re looking for his daughter too and they’re sure Tim knows where she is. Tim isn’t even sure if the police are on his side or not.  At times he is the #1 suspect in her kidnapping or worst, possible murder. So much more happens in this book but I don’t want to give it all away.  It’s a real page-turner, and is quite funny in parts, especially the parts about being a car salesman and shafting the would-be customers. It’s a gripping-good read.

Comments (3) »

  1. Sabi Said,

    September 22, 2009 @ 9:50 am

    This book was a fantastic read! A page-turner, for sure.

  2. Linda Said,

    September 22, 2009 @ 11:09 am

    Totally agree! He’s a fantastic writer. I couldn’t put the book down.

  3. Sharon Said,

    November 18, 2009 @ 11:35 pm

    Absolutely loved this book, read it on the train to Montreal, thought it would take the return trip back to finish, but, alas, no such luck, had to find something else to read!! His last three books have been “can’t put me down books” but, this last one, is by far the best.

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