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One chilly morning a man throws himself off a Great Lakes ferry. An apparent suicide, the body is never found.

Five years later, we learn that the man had faked his own death. An accountant who had become unwittingly mixed up in a criminal conspiracy, he was being threatened by a ruthless mobster: tell us where the money is or we'll kill your wife and eight-year-old daughter.

If he'd been able to hand over the money, he would have done it in a heartbeat. But he couldn't, and so the only way to put his family beyond reach of harm seemed to be to make himself dead.

He has a different life now, and a different identity, and he never allows himself to think about his family. The fact that they are safe is all that matters.

Until one day he sees an article in USA Today about a 13-year-old girl who's won a national spelling bee. There's a picture. It's his daughter. And in the background there's his wife, holding hands with a man. Of course, he should have expected it.

What he didn't expect was that he recognized the man, and the last time he spoke to him he was threatening to kill his wife and daughter. He puts the paper down, and knows this changes everything. Now he's going to have to go back, and save his family one more time.

©2010 Linwood Barclay (P)2010 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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  • Rajesh
  • Ahmedabad Gujarat India
  • 07-29-10

Error in the summary

There is a mistake here. This book is a about a young girl who disappears and her fathers hunt for her. Quite a thriller. Very good characters. Father is a car salesman. The summary that appears on the Audible site seems to be for some other book! Audible can remove this review if they fix the problem!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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FYI - wrong Blurb! But still a great read.

I'd love to know from which book this blurb has been taken, because it sounded interesting. But still, this was yet another great Linwood Barclay read.

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  • Kirstine
  • 12-24-10

A nightmare journey to find a missing daughter

Early on in the book Tim Blake's teenage daughter Sydney goes missing and thereafter he's thrown into a nightmare of false leads as he tries to track her down not knowing whether she's alive or dead. The police even suspect that he's murdered her. The book veers from one crisis to another for Tim and the bodies pile up. Preposterous in many ways but gripping and enjoyable nevertheless. There's some humour to leaven the grimness in the foibles and interactions between Tim and his girlrfriend, and with his ex-wife and her new husband.

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  • Ann D
  • 12-07-15

Disappointed!

Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Buck Schirner?

I loved 'No Time for Goodbye'. It is a solid 5* read/listen, so yes, I will try others. The narrator is technically very good, but his voice grated here. I wouldn't rule out others narrated by him. It would depend on the book.

What was most disappointing about Linwood Barclay’s story?

It frequently got bogged down, going nowhere. I was interested enough to want to know what had happened to continue, but I had to wind forward 30 minutes on 3 seperate occasions in frustration to make it to the end.

Did Buck Schirner do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He was technically very good indeed. Sadly, his 1960s old American guy voice didn't work for me. After all, the main character in this book was 36-years-old and most of the others were younger still.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear the Worst?

Where do I start? It needs to lose plenty.

Any additional comments?

I tend to return books if I am not enjoying them, but there is something so pleasing about Linwood Barclay's prose that, despite my frustration with this book, I just couldn't.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Reginald pelle
  • 04-21-15

Surprisingly good!

Lots of suspicion, mystery and confusion; all wrapped into this book. The narrator within, made this, extremely compelling. Worth listening to!

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  • jennycola
  • 02-08-15

One trick pony..?

I'm new to this author and somewhat enjoyed the first book I listened to so got another. This one is basically the same as the first with a few small differences. After reading the synopsis for another book I was considering don't think I'll bother. The book is not bad but it's so similar to the first I got confused when I mixed the characters since I listened to them one after the other.

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  • ceri
  • 01-31-15

Heart pounding read!!!

Brilliant, so many twists and turns, amazing writer. 😀😀😀 recommended have all his books, want to get them on audiobook. Happy

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  • Alastair
  • 10-20-14

Original, gripping and eventful !!

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Another unexpected chain of events. Easy to feel sympathy for the leading character. Very very good again by Linwood Barclay.

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  • catherine kerr
  • 12-04-17

Great story

Loved this book .... so glad I found this writer I’ve listened to lots of his books and have enjoyed every one of them.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 11-25-17

OK story poor narration

I found the narration of this book rather irritating, some of the voices are awful and off putting. The story was OK, a different narrator could have made it so much better.

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  • Angie xXx
  • 06-14-17

Linwood Barclay & again Fear The Worst you will ..

What made the experience of listening to Fear the Worst the most enjoyable?

Just two thing's Mainly ... I think the first one is quite an obvious choice & that would be Mr.Linwood Barclay himself for providing such wonderful & on the edge of your seat , gripping story telling & of course my second most enjoyable part is that the narrator assist's & guide's you too in keeping you in suspense , knowing where to do it , when to do it ... ABSOLOUTELY FANTASTIC BOOK , YET AGAIN xxx Thank you ..

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I would one day LOVE to meet Mr.Barclay , you never know one day my wish will come true ..? As Mr.Barclay would most probably tell you too , as his HOBBY & DREAM did come through for himself ..!!! Good Luck & all the best for the future xXx Ms.Angie Brown ...

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  • R. J. Gladden
  • 02-16-14

By Far the Worst

I spent far longer on this book than I should have so I'm not going to spend long on a review. The blurb on this book seemed right up my street. However, in the end I just got bored into submission and my interest just waned. I didn't finish the book and quite frankly I had not the slightest interest by half way through as to what had happened to the narrator's daughter. I know I should have. I know that's not nice but frankly, life's too short and Buck Schirner's accent drove me mad. I came to the conclusion that the daughter probably did what I did, voted with her feet and took herself off to a more interesting place.

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  • Joe
  • 09-24-17

True mystery

I love this blokes books. You never know the outcome till right at the end. Always action, but not over board. Always story, but not drawn out. He mixes them perfectly to combine a book you cant put down.