Review: Fear The Worst

Fear The Worst
By Linwood Barclay

Publisher: Bantam Books
Pub. Date: August 11, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780553807165
416pp

The blurb from the publisher:

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.

The Short of It:

This is truly a roller coaster ride!! Super fast pace—a real page turner.

My Thoughts:

Once in awhile I like to read a good thriller. I saw this one on Shelf Awareness and it immediately caught my eye. I really enjoyed the main character, Tim. He’s not a perfect dad (who is?) but he clearly loves his daughter Sydney even though they don’t always get along. When she goes missing, his frustration and concern rang true for me.

The pace of this novel is unreal! Every chapter ends with a startling discovery. Okay, not every discovery was completely unexpected but what I really liked is that even though the chapter ends with a discovery, it’s immediately picked up again at the beginning of the next chapter. It’s told from Tim’s point of view so we are never left hanging for long.

I found the ending to be very abrupt. Like slamming on your brakes. It came out of nowhere and simply ended. Perhaps the frenetic pace of the rest of the novel made the ending seem abrupt, but I could have used a few more pages to ease into it a bit.

Overall, this is the perfect book for summer. It’s quick and entertaining and although I have never read any of Barclay’s other books (and he has several), I would definitely pick up another one.

This book was sent to me by Random House via Shelf Awareness and officially comes out on August 11, 2009. If you’d like to learn more about Linwood Barclay’s other books, check out his website.

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18 thoughts on “Review: Fear The Worst”

  1. I loved his last book, No Time for Goodbye and it sounds as though this will be just as good. I'll try to get a copy from the library.

  2. Diane & Farmlanebooks – I must read one of his other books. I liked the quick pace of this one.

    Allison – I've not seen Taken but I know the premise. Anytime a missing child is involved, even though this one is a bit older, you can't help but bite your nails off waiting to see how it all turns out.

    Jill – It was a fun read, given the grim subject matter. Zoom, zoom, zoom.

    Lit & Life – I needed that roller coaster ride! I felt like I was in reading rut.

  3. I am so in the mood for a page turner. I am actually working on one right now, The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan, way good. It isn't a thriller, but it is fab.

    I have noticed a lot of times that intense books seem to not transition well to an ending, sorry that was the case with this one too.

  4. Yaaaaaay, I'm glad to see you liked it. I'm just starting it now. I'm a Barclay fan-I've been reading his the past few years and liked them all.

  5. Ooooo good review. This one sounds great.. however.. being the wuss that I am ( I think most are beginning to know that about me).. I will pass.

  6. I really enjoyed his No Time for Goodbye, and it looks as though I need to add this one to my wish list. Thanks for the review!

  7. This book is on my shelf and I hope to get to it soon. Sounds like an exciting read, but I have a feeling that the ending will bother me. I don't like when they come out of nowhere, but we'll see…

    –Anna
    Diary of an Eccentric

  8. I like a good thriller too every once in a while — this seems like a good one … kind of reminds me of a Harlan Coben book.

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