Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
A Thriller

79%

9 Critic Reviews

The intent of "Fear the Worst" isn't to be great lit, it's to be a good thriller. And in that, it nicely succeeds.
-Denver Post

Synopsis

Tim Blake is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife who’s moved in with another man. It’s not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare him for when his daughter, 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. 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. And 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.
 

About Linwood Barclay

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Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the #1 internationally bestselling author of nine critically acclaimed novels, including The Accident, Never Look Away, Fear the Worst, Too Close to Home, and No Time for Goodbye. Multiple titles have been optioned for film. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. He is currently at work on his latest thriller, to be published by Bantam in Summer 2012.
 
Published July 29, 2009 by Bantam. 417 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Fear the Worst
All: 9 | Positive: 7 | Negative: 2

WSJ online

Above average
Reviewed by Tom Nolan on Aug 07 2009

The most extreme events in Mr. Barclay’s fiction, which unfold with mounting tension and suspense, are all the more believable and scary for being rooted in human-sized ­characters and laced with ­saving ­humor.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Mary Daugherty on Nov 29 2009

Linwood Barclay's style reminds me of Dean Koontz but yet he creates a unique voice of his own. This thriller leads us through crooks and turns of the human trade market and the fear of a family searching against the clock for a loved one. A good read......

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Book Reporter

Excellent
on Jan 21 2011

Those who are calling FEAR THE WORST Barclay’s breakout novel are understating things; this has the makings of a blockbuster.

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Denver Post

Good
on Aug 09 2009

The intent of "Fear the Worst" isn't to be great lit, it's to be a good thriller. And in that, it nicely succeeds.

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Independent.ie

Excellent
on Mar 20 2010

No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home, both of which garnered warm praise. This novel is just as innovatively plotted, and equally pulse-pounding.

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Huntington News

Excellent
on Aug 23 2009

Read "Fear the Worst" and discover, as I did when I read the book in one sitting, why Linwood Barclay is such a popular thriller writer.

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Scotsman.com

Above average
on Mar 12 2010

The villains are way too crude, but Barclay is more subtle in analysing teenage attitudes.

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EzineArticles

Good
on Aug 10 2009

I welcomed a book that drew me in and wouldn't let me read just one more page and then stop...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Below average

Too many of the other characters are not sufficiently likeable, either, so I steadily lost patience with the lot of them as the action progressed.

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