Book Review – Fear the Worst

Fear the Worst
Written by: Linwood Barclay
Published by: Doubleday CanadaFear the Worst
Date: August 11th, 2009
Pages: 416
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0385668026

Top Pick

Fear the Worst is a heart-pounding thriller that keeps you guessing to the very end; this book is a sure-fire hit!”

Product Description – From
“Seventeen-year-old Sydney Blake’s summer is shaping up to be typical for a teenager: she’s spending it with her father, and she has landed a part-time job at a local hotel. One night, Syd fails to come home from her shift, and her father Tim is a bit alarmed. However, that alarm turns to full-on panic after he visits the Just Inn Time hotel and the manager claims that Syd has never worked there. Grilling his daughter’s friends for clues leads Tim nowhere — except to threats against his life — and as he frantically chases every lead, he can’t help but wonder if Syd is even still alive. Despite a growing list of unanswered questions, all Tim knows for certain is that he must continue searching for his daughter — no matter how high the stakes become.”

Fear the Worst is one heck of a ride and it comes from the Canadian, #1 Internationally Bestselling Author of Too Close To Home; I’ve never read it and if Fear the worst is any indication, it is probably phenomenal! I cannot say enough positive things about this book; it’s high-adrenaline, fast-paced and has a lot of fantastic plots twists that surprised the heck out of me…in the very best of ways. This story is painstakingly-weaved to keep the reader guessing and I, as a sceptic, still didn’t see any of the major plot twists coming which increased my interest in the story and clearly demonstrated the Author’s skill for writing awesome thrillers! I seriously couldn’t put this book down and I really didn’t want it to end; it’s a page turner so if at all possible, you’ll want to set a few hours aside for uninterrupted reading. All of the characters are well developed and felt all too human. Tim Blake’s love for his daughter Sydney, is a big part the story’s focus and also on the attempted search and rescue of his child from terrible cruelties and who knows what else if he can’t find her quickly enough. In the race against time, criminals (who are also searching for Syd) and the authorities, Tim pulls out all the stops and reveals the genuine depths of a father’s love. This story is very realistic, gritty and aggressive; there is some swearing and graphic violence that may offend some readers but these essential elements enhance the story immensely.
I very highly recommend this book to all thriller fans and to anyone who wants to try something exciting and new!

♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦♦ (10 out of 10 Diamonds) – Absolutely LOVED it!!

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A special thanks to Random House Canada for sending me a copy to review.

Copyright ©  Book Reviews By Bobbie — Bobbie Crawford-McCoy


13 thoughts on “Book Review – Fear the Worst

  1. Hi Diane,

    Thank you…I’m glad you enjoyed it. :) I wish that I had known about Barclay’s books before…I plan to read many more of his titles from here on in! ;) You’re most welcome.

  2. I really need to get my hands on this, I think. I’ve never read any of Barclay’s novels, but I enjoyed his humor column very much.

  3. I am SO looking forward to this one! I’ve only read one of his other books, but I really liked it and I’ve heard such great things about this one.

  4. Hi Belle,

    If you’re looking for a suspenseful thriller, I highly recommend Fear the Worst to you! :) There’s nothing funny about this story but it’s focused and really intense! :)

  5. Hi Stacy,

    I’m glad you are looking forward to Fear the Worst! :) I was hopeful, when I requested a review copy, that it would be a great story, and I wasn’t disappointed! Enjoy!

  6. Hi Bobbie,

    Just ran across your review for Fear The Worst. I really love Linwood Barclay and stumbled upon him quite by accident. This will be my 2nd book by him, the first book i read was Too Close To Home, and i was on pins and needles from beginning to end. Lynwood Barclay is one of my new favorite authors!!

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