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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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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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Willow Spring, NC, United States
  • 08-27-09

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Loved the main character

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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!

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  • Brad
  • Littleton, MA, United States
  • 09-20-13

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.

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  • John
  • NJ, United States
  • 02-25-12

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.

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Another Great Read from Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay books are simply awesome! ALL of them, and Fear the Worst is no exception. I was glued to my device. The characters are well developed, and relatable. They could be your neighbors. If you've enjoyed his other books, you will not be disappointed with this one. If you haven’t read Linwood Barclay yet, now’s the time!

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Over the top, but still ok

I found this story a little too over the top, but still ok overall. In a way it reminded me of the Taken movies where a father does ‘whatever it takes’ to find his missing daughter and bring her home.

I am not a fan of bang-em-up-shoot-em-up action in books, I think stuff like that works better in a visual medium and therefore I found all the action scenes very tedious.

I also think there was one twist too many, it went one plot twist too far… I suppose the idea was to keep readers intrigued and surprised but it missed the mark for me - it just made me roll my eyes.

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I listened til the end but parts were too long

I like Linwood Barclay but this book could have been about 90 - 120 minutes shorter. Too many parts stretched any kind of suspension of disbelief, but I did listen til the end. Will try another.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful