Saturday 16 January 2021

Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay

I just finished another Linwood Barclay novel, Fear the Worst.

Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife. She’s moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. His girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It’s not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare Tim for the nightmare that’s about to begin.

Sydney vanishes into thin air. At the hotel where she supposedly worked, no one has ever heard of her. Even her closest friends seem to be at a loss. Now, as the days pass without word, Tim must face the fact that not only is Sydney missing, but that the daughter he’s loved and thought he knew is a virtual stranger.

As he retraces Sydney’s steps, Tim discovers that the suburban Connecticut town he always thought of as idyllic is anything but. What he doesn’t know is that his every move is being watched. There are others who want to find Syd as much as Tim does

Like other Linwood Barclay books, Fear the Worst, has no boring parts in the entire story. I like how this book is told in first person, so the reader has inside into Tim's thoughts and fears. I mean, not only has his daughter disappeared, but the mystery behind it all. Nobody where she worked has every heard of her.

The books I enjoy most are stories of reluctant heroes. People thrown into situations they have no idea how to handle, but handle it, they must.

This is an early book of Linwood's released in 2007. I finished Elevator Pitch last year and see that he certainly, hasn't lost his touch.

I read this book as part of the 14th annual Canadian Book Challenge.

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