Fear the Worst: Book summary and reviews of Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay

Fear the Worst

A Novel

by Linwood Barclay

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Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2009
    416 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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Your daughter doesn't come home one night from her summer job. You go there looking for her. No one's seen here. 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 more 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 comes to every parent's worst nightmare—and the kind of evil only a parent's love has a chance in hell of stopping.

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"Barclay...has written a page-turning thriller that's intense, compelling and, for the most part, expertly paced." - Kirkus Reviews

"In short, this is a functional stripped-down Civic of a book that gets you there." - Publishers Weekly

"Previous Barclay fans should enjoy this fast-paced outing. And if you've been hiding under a rock like me, time to crawl out and discover a great new author." - Amazon

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Linwood Barclay is a New York Times and #1 international bestselling author whose critically acclaimed novels have been optioned for film and TV

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