I am a huge fan of Linwood Barclay’s novels so of course I had to read his newest one Fear the Worst and it had me hooked from page one! I had such a hard time putting this fast paced thriller down. It had me up and turning the pages into the wee hours of the morning because I just had to know what was coming next.
Fear the Worst is about a father’s worst nightmare coming true. Tim Blake’s daughter Sydney goes missing. One minute she’s at home having breakfast with him and then she’s gone, she doesn’t come home after work. Tim is beside himself with worry and searching anywhere and everywhere he can to find her starting with the Just Inn Time hotel she worked at. The problem is nobody there has any clue who Sydney is; they’ve never seen her before and according to them she certainly hasn’t worked there.
This sets Tim off on a wild, at times hair raising thrill ride to find his daughter. He’s dodging bullets and being framed at every turn, even the police begin to think he’s guilty of harming his own daughter. The only thing is he can’t figure out why, at least not at first. However, Tim is one determined father and he will stop at nothing and I mean nothing to get his daughter back alive. Along the way he discovers that somehow his daughter was involved in something very dark and dangerous. He thought he knew his daughter pretty well, he can’t imagine how she became involved in all of this. He’s going crazy trying to find her and wondering if he’ll find her dead or alive.
Tim is a great character. He’s a car salesman, certainly not anyone you’d expect to throw caution to the wind and do things he probably never imagined possible all in the quest to find his daughter. More than that though and what I found interesting for a thriller is that I cared about Tim. His character is written in such a way that you grow to care about him and it doesn’t hurt that at times he can be pretty funny as well with some pretty sassy comments.
Fear the Worst is another great read by Linwood Barclay. It’s full of twists, turns, a whole lot of suspense and even an ending that took me a bit by surprise. I love when I think I have it all figured out only to find there was a small detail that turned into a big one and completely changed what I thought was going to happen until the very last pages. As happens to me every year when I finish a Barclay novel, I wish for the next one!
Fear the Worst was released by Random House Canada on August 11, 2009 and you can buy it here in the US and here in Canada. Make sure to pop over and take a peek at Linwood Barclay’s website as well which you can find here. Fear the Worst is well worth the read if you’re looking for a thriller for your summer reading!