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Fear the Worst: A Thriller

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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
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ebook, 352 pages
Published August 11th 2009 by Bantam (first published January 1st 2009)
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Lisa
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 more 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 reall ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
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
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Elaine
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,
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Lance Greenfield
A decent thriller based on an aging theme

Quite 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 f
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Linda Boyd
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!!
Betsy
Fear the Worst is another wonderful read from Linwood Barclay. He is a master at writing interesting plots with entertaining characters. 4 stars
Terri Lynn
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 ...more
Lisa
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 hid
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Kirsten
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 th
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Michael
Aug 09, 2009 Michael rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any mystery fans, Harlan Coban fans, family mystery fans.
Recommended to Michael by: Goodreads advanced reading club
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 "Every
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Rhonda
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 disappoin
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Jeff
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. :)
Jenny Hilborne
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
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Paul Pessolano
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 boyfr
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Louise
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!! lol

From dust jacket:

"Your daughter doesn't come home one night from
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Cheryl
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 th
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Pamela
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Ms.pegasus
Jun 06, 2011 Ms.pegasus rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery and suspense lovers
Shelves: suspense, fiction
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 Jan ...more
Laura
Jul 31, 2009 Laura rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a super-duper fast, brain-candy read (maybe good for a longer airplane trip?)
Recommended to Laura by: Goodreads
Shelves: first-reads
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
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Dana ****Reads Alot****
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.
Siobhan
My first encounter with Linwood Barclay came through A Tap on the Window, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. I planned to buy more 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 b
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Banafsheh Serov
How would you feel showing up to where you thought your daughter had been working all summer only to be told she never worked there. Worst still how would you feel if your daughter was now missing? This is the nightmare Tim Blake, a Toyota car salesman, faces when his 17-year-old daughter Sydney who was staying with him for the summer, goes to work one day and fails to come home. So begins a mystery with more high speed twists and turns than the wildest rollercoaster. At every turn, there are ne ...more
Dale
WOW! This one starts in a hurry and never slows up!

Normally, I am very skeptical of all of those little blurbs that cover books. This one came with all kinds of blurbs from established authors and professional reviewers, including "Will leave you breathless - Robert Crais", "A one-sit thriller - Michael Connelly" and "The surprises just keep on coming - Charlaine Harris."

Well, guess what? This one lives up to its praise. I'd never heard of Linwood Barclay before I read this book, but he writes
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Kerstin
Kurzbeschreibung:
Eigentlich wollte Tim einen schönen Sommer mit seiner Teenagertochter verbringen. Seit der Trennung von seiner Frau lebt Sydney bei ihrer Mutter am anderen Ende der Stadt.
Doch für einen Sommerjob in einem Hotel zieht sie vorübergehend zu Tim. Und verschwindet nach wenigen Wochen spurlos.
Voller Sorge macht Tim sich auf die Suche nach seiner Tochter, richtet eine Website ein, geht allen Hinweisen nach.
Als sein eigenes Haus verwüstet wird, ahnt er, dass er selbst in Lebensgefahr sc
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Karen
It's probably heresy to admit this - but there were a few things about this book that made it sound less attractive than it could have. Not least of all the plot of a teenage girl going missing in circumstances sounding suspiciously like a run-away. Teenage angst is a subject normally avoided in my reading choices. How wrong can you possibly get?

FEAR THE WORST is the third book from Canadian author Linwood Barclay, the earlier two being NO TIME FOR GOODBYE and TOO CLOSE TO HOME. FEAR THE WORST i
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Jenny
Lynwood Barclay's latest thriller, Fear the Worst, tells the suspenseful story of a man searching relentlessly for his daughter who has mysteriously disappeared. The plot moves quickly and the cliffhanger at the end of each chapter kept me continuously engaged in the story.

Tim Blake's 17-year-old daughter, Sydney (Syd), is staying with him for the summer, as she does every year. During the visit last year, she worked at the car dealership her father works at, but this year she got a new job work
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Katie Kenig
This book is an excellent example of the suspense genre. It is alternately exciting and moving, written with honesty and compassion and the knowledge of what it means to be a parent. It's a very good book.

What would you do if your daughter went missing? What if the people at the job she went to every day denied ever meeting her? What if your ex-wife's new boyfriend's son seemed suspiciously involved, lying to you and hiding in his bedroom on his computer for hours on end, refusing to talk about
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Lizzie Hayes
‘Fear the Worst’ by Linwood Barclay
Published by Orion, 18 February 2010. ISBN: 978-0-7528-9741-7

Tim Blake and his wife Suze have been apart for some years. Tim’s seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney is staying with him for the summer. The worst day of Tim’s life started out pretty normally – breakfast and an exchange of words with Sydney as to where she got the expensive sunglasses.

But Sydney doesn’t come home, and checking at the Just Inn Time motel where she is working elicits the information t
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Patrice Hoffman
This is the first time I'm writing a review so I'm not sure what's expected except my honest opinion. This was the first book I read by Linwood Barclay. It was an extremely fast read. The beginning started out fast paced enough (most likely because the writing is simplistic). The picture of a loving father was given from the beginning of the book which helped to justify rooting for him. The main character Tim, seems like a good guy but at times he's so gullible. Which brings me to my main reason ...more
Shonna Froebel
Got through the latest mystery by this great mystery writer in just over a day. Definitely a page-turner.
Tim Blake is a car salesman. His wife divorced him because she wanted him to be more ambitious and she is now in a serious relationship with a man who owns his own used-car business.
Tim's daughter is staying with him for the second summer in a row. Last year she worked at the dealership where he works. This year, she wants a little more space, so has found her own job, working for a small hot
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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 month
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