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Fear the Worst | [Linwood Barclay]

Fear the Worst

That's what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can't tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he's loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger.
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Publisher's Summary

That's what Tim Blake finds himself asking when his daughter Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she was supposedly working, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends can't tell him what Sydney was really doing in the weeks before her disappearance. Now as the days pass without a word, Tim is forced to face not only the fact that Sydney is missing but that the daughter he's loved and nurtured, the daughter he thought he knew as well as anyone, is a virtual stranger.

As he retraces Sydney's steps, searching for clues to her secret life, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as perfectly ordinary has a darker side. But what he doesn't know is just how dark. Because while he's out searching for his daughter, questioning everyone who might have known her, someone is watching him.

For Tim isn't the only one who'll do anything to find Syd. Whatever trouble she's in, there's a lot more on the way...and it's following in Tim's footsteps. 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.

©2009 Linwood Barclay; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Val El Mirage, Arizona 04-06-11
    Val El Mirage, Arizona 04-06-11 Member Since 2008

    Mystery & Suspense

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    "WOW!"

    I couldn't put my iPad down. I finally fell asleep listening at 3am and picked it back up as soon as I woke. I listened to the entire book in less then 18 hours. It was full of suspence and an ending I would have never guessed. This book was an excellent read. I'm a big Harlan Coban fan and if Linwood Barclay's other books are this great. I found another favorite author. If you like a good mystery with a semi happy ending you've found it.... you will love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-27-09
    William Willow Spring, NC, United States 08-27-09 Member Since 2008
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    "A Lot of Fun - Barclay Does It Again"

    I really enjoy Barclay books, and this one is no exception. The story developed throughout the book, never going through boring patches like some suspense books tend to do. I was glued to this one. The characters were well developed, and Barclay knows how to inject humor without making the story silly. If you've enjoyed his other books, you won't be disappointed with this one. Now it's back to waiting for his next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-16-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 04-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Fear the worst, Expect the Best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    With out a doubt. This was such a good book, well written and fast paced.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Linwood Barclay did a great job. His style of writing is very reminiscent of Harlan Coban. He writes about "real" people with "normal" lives that all of the sudden get turned up side down. Life and death situations that are entertaining and very believable.


    What does Buck Schirner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Buck Schirner's voice was perfect for this book. I like him so much I looked for other books that he has narrated.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I do not want to spoil this for anyone but the end was moving and a little heartbreaking.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 05-10-13
    Calliope Toronto, ON, Canada 05-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "loved everything until the last minute"

    Linwood Barclay has a good knack for creating characters, and his writing (and Buck Schirner's narration) do bring them to life. It's a good story, complicated enough to be interesting but straightforward enough to be understandable and I loved it all......until the final sentence in the last minute. Still, in spite of the ending, it was an enjoyable listen adn well worth the time and money. I'm sure it won't be my last book of his.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12
    Leslie West Roxbury, MA, United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2004

    Like mainly mystery and suspense with a bit of chick lit and non-fiction thrown in. Severe addiction going on 10 years to Audiobooks.

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    "Loved the main character"
    Any additional comments?

    Poor guy...Just a car salesman dealing with a teenage, slight rebel of a daughter who comes to spend the summer with him and vanishes. It follows his search for his daughter and you do not know who is friend and who is foe with the introduction of each character. Barclay can do no wrong. I am a new, but HUGE fan!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Surprise, AZ, United States 02-04-14
    Jennifer Surprise, AZ, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013

    Part of my job is cleaning vacation rental homes so while doing so I love to listen to books! Mystery books and suspense are the BEST!

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    "Favorite of all time so far!! GREAT Author!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Fear the Worst the most enjoyable?

    I have to say sometimes when you listen to these the narration is so bad...this is one of the best I have heard. Had me laughing at parts with the voices. LAUGH OUT LOUD! Great story, I could hardly stop listening!!


    What other book might you compare Fear the Worst to and why?

    All of Barclay's books have been FANTASTIC!!


    Have you listened to any of Buck Schirner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never heard him before but he is the best or at least in the top 5 of all I have heard before.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed at several parts. The back and forth between Sid's Dad and "Bob" were so funny at times.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book....great story....great narration.....for sure a DOUBLE THUMBS UP!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 09-20-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 09-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Linwood Barclay At His Best"

    Fear the Worst is a superlative mystery thriller. It starts with a missing daughter and ends in a thrilling and realistic climax. This is very much a nontraditional mystery. The protagonist is a father obsessed with finding his missing daughter. He is a car salesman, not a super hero. Through hard work and some cleverness, he solves a very complicated mystery. I found the novel compelling due to the humanity of the characters that are richly drawn and the relentless secret plot that carried me along rapidly. The narrator is only downgraded very slightly due to his raspy voice that does not lend itself to feminine voices. Otherwise, this is a perfect Audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John NJ, United States 02-25-12
    John NJ, United States 02-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Slow and not very entertaining"

    I have to say, this was one of my least favorite audio books ever (been a frequent listener for about 6 years). The pacing was so incredibly slow that, in hindsight, i felt i could've skipped the entire first half of the book (all of download section 1) and missed nothing. I generally don't like abridged versions, but this book needs one. Also, while the main character makes "human error" mistakes, he also makes plain stupid moves too, that left me wondering if he deserved to get anywhere in his pursuit of his daughter... And when the action finally begins to pick up, well, it's just so-so. The Narration was ok, but this too, i found to be very slow. Might have been just the writing... don't know. I certainly won't be pursuing anything else by this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna M. Davis New York, NY USA 10-11-09
    Donna M. Davis New York, NY USA 10-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I didn't see that coming!"

    Great book, very suspenseful with light moments--as advertised--with a great conclusion that had me up till 3 a.m. because I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

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    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-12-09
    Carl West Palm Beach, FL, United States 09-12-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Fun and Exciting But Slow Start"

    Fun and exciting book... in the second half. The first half was slow and a bit boring. I almost stopped listening because I like a thriller with more action and enjoyable characters. That all changes by the second half if you can wait that long which is why I gave it four stars. Great reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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