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Worst Fears Realized (Stone Barrington #5)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  5,094 Ratings  ·  174 Reviews
Not a man to dwell on the past, Stone Barrington has no choice but to rattle old skeletons when the people closest to him start dying, and he has little to go on but the suspicion that the killer might be someone he once knew. The trip down memory lane isn't all bad though, for it reunites Stone with his ex-partner, Dino Bacchetti, now head of detectives in the nineteenth ...more
ebook, 432 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 1999)
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Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please note: I read this book in 2006 from a copy I purchased for myself.

My Reading Experience: I read this book in an afternoon - about 4 hours. I literally could not stop turning the pages. This was an absolutely riveting chapter in Stone Barrington's life; suspenseful, horrifying and at the same time it sets up a lot of the ground floor for his future as well (the house in CT, his car, etc.). My only complaint (and boy is it a doozy) is that for some strange reason between the end of the last
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stone Barrington lives a life we all want! He is a handsome cop-turned-lawyer, very good suspense in this novel is erratic. You find yourself hooked Woods has all the right ingredients: sex, murder, etc. They just weren't mixed together well to create a great novel. Makes a great summer read.
Nov 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
May 2017 For Stone Barrington fans, book #5 is key to many of the resident characters in the series and a "must read" for Stone fans. The Mitteldorfer finale seemed way too brief and actually abrupt.
Nevertheless, a "must read".
3-19-2015 re-listened to book on tape. Powerful story.

11-1-2013 book on tape I thought I had already read this book years ago but, there is not Goodreads listing from me. Another page turner. I liked the characters. I liked the Eduardo characterization and the Dolce charac
Jul 29, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Am enjoying reading the series. Always a pretty good story, hard to put down. I find his relationships with women pretty depressing, but I can see why they would be every man's fantasy.

Was confused by his changing Arrington's baby from a girl in one book to a boy in this one. It's hard to believe it was just overlooked, but don't see why it would be necessary. Maybe future books will shed some light?
Good grief. Stone Barrington, former cop now a lawyer has beautiful women throwing themselves at him. And he's so stupid he'll buy a fancy car, a house, expensive furnishings, etc. based on someone he's spent a few days with. Oh, but he is faithful. Fortunately, the women either die or move away after a few days so he can move onto the next one without any guilt. Oh, and he won one big law case and so has the money to buy things like a house and car and pay for regular meals at Elaine's or rooms ...more
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I'm in love with Stone Barrington.......have read quite a few in this series (unfortunately out of order, but still each book can stand alone--it would be better to read in order written if you can though). Woods has me sitting up in bed, listening to sounds, turning pages like crazy to see what happens. As in most books we all can figure out that good triumphs over evil - but with Woods it is the ride that gives you the thrill. Looking forward to next one I can find!
Dec 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Early Stone Barrington. A convict is released from prison and people start dying.
Stone buys his country house in Washington, Connecticut. And meets again with Arrington and Vance Calder. Stone invites Dolce Bianchi, Dino's sister-in-law up to the house in Washington and she joins the dinner party. She knows both Vance Calder and Chairman of Centurion Studios.
Laura Lavender-blackwood
Stone just makes me so mad I could spit and ladies don't spit. So I will curse instead @#$%&-7$%&@-(8#&+#6": `ê\^ and that's just the first chapter. ...more
D.B. McBrierty
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story. Love it

Fast moving full of surprises connected to past books, characters. I enjoyed the read done writing this b m n
Aug 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a bad read. The characters are all cliched and 1 dimensional, but the plot is ok. I suspect these are written with the authors tongue firmly in cheek.
Jason A Armstrong
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Not my favorite of the series, but I enjoyed it still. I became a little bored at times. The ending definitely made me want to keep reading.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intersting ..

Kinda like what you would expect with some twists

If you like a mystery and sex.. this is good to read

Some things are easy to see coming.. yet there are twists.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Woods weaves his early Barrington web well once again. The gang works through an array of roadblocks, like murders and attempted ones, to resolve multiple mysteries. Right on Stone!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Light and fun mystery. Strangely, "the baby" in this book is a boy and not a girl as was in previous book.
Corinne H. Talbert

I didn't fall asleep once while reading this novel! Realistic characters in realistic situations with real dialogues. A 'must' read!
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thrill ride mystery that will keep readers guessing. In this novel, readers get to meet Dino's father in law and his daughter, Dolce, whom I suspect we will see more of in future novels.

Around them people who are associated with Stone and Dino are being killed or threatened. The question is which of the many people they put away when partnered in the police force is behind the killings. And can they keep those close to them safe until the per is caught and brought to justice?

Smartly written,
Richard White
Good but not great timewaster. Previous ones were better.
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably my own fault for jumping into book 5 without a refresher course, funny thing was though half the book was probably taken up with characters back-stories so i didn't miss much. This book just didn't work for me on a lot of levels. I think it came from not being able to identify with the main character, a smarmy retired cop turned lawyer who pulls mad chicks at the drop of a hat. He also seems to be the only cop in New York because everyone knows him (maybe explained in the previous novel ...more
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Dee Cyr
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really, really good from beginning to end (after chapter 2)
Mike Tueros
This Stone Barrington series is nothing short of amusing, with simple plot lines, and a formula followed perfectly by Woods each time. "Worst Fears Realized" is no different than the previous 4 in the series, with our hero caught in the middle of a murder mystery, being chased by beautiful women that he beds down without great effort, and solving the crime with his good buddy, and NYPD Detective Dino. This time however, the murders hit close to home as someone Stone and Dino put behind bars year ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Geez, this somehow turned into a goopy erotica novel where the mystery is secondary. Stone Barrington is literally a chick magnet. No, I mean “literally.” Chicks come flying out of the woodwork to bang him. When Stone gets tired of one woman, he pretends they are going on a trip to England. He buys tickets for two, takes her all the way to the airplane gate, then abandons her when they are getting ready to board. (BTW, I don’t think an airline employee would watch Stone’s bags for him in today’s ...more
Mar 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I turned the pages, but more so to finish the book than because it was really suspenseful. I've read all the Stone Barrington books up to this point, and all of them have strong elements of fantasy - both male fantasy, but also just less than believable events. This book seemed over the top though, in terms of being unrealistic. Also, the actual mystery took sort of a back seat to the other plots, mainly Stone's pursuit of hot women (or more THEIR pursuit of him), and expensive trappings (extrav ...more
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Serious Woods' fans
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Apr 13, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: woods-stuart
I like Woods' plot twists and writing style. But I can't get past his protagonist's character flaw of being so easily lead by his "little head." For such an intelligent, disciplined and discerning guy, Stone Barrington is a p*ssy-whipped moron when it comes to attractive women. It might be justifiable with youthful male hormones, but certainly not in a character who's pushing 50. It's also much too predictable of a plot element for me to overlook book-after-book. So I'm abandoning this series an ...more
Feb 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled across Stuart Woods 'Stone Barrington' series when I was looking for an audio book to pass the time on my drive to and from work. I had picked up Lucid Intervals not realizing that it was #18. I enjoyed the book so much that I started over at the beginning of the series.

After completing book #5, I have to say that I am still enjoying this series. There is always more than 1 plot, lots of twists and turns, character build-up, progression of Stone's life, and humor. In the case of 'Wor
Nov 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have just started reading Stuart woods books and have started with the stone barrington series first, i have became addicted they are a good read. However the only thing i have to say is when an author writing a series of books then they have to be consistent with the characters etc.... for example in the end of swimming to Catalina arrington calls stone to inform him that she has had the baby and it is a daughter but from the start of worst fears realized it has been changed to a son that she h ...more
Kevin Bresnahan
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good standard Stone Barrington novel, it has what is typical of all of Stone's adventures. A friend Stone just met is murdered, and a recent released murdered is hell bent on revenge on Stone and who he cares about, who arrested him years ago. We are introduced to Dolce, a love that would begin here, and the beginning of many future conflicts. As someone who has read most of Stone's adventures, it was nice to go back a ways.
Mary Newcomb
Stone Barrington is quite the catch, or so several women thought in this tale. That is rather a subplot to his helping to solve several mysterious murders, change up the DA's office and buying a small country place in rarefied Connecticut. Somehow it is not totally corny, the character is written without a huge sense of self-importance. I was rather amused at his car buying adventure, my negotiations have never been that simple.
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