Monday, August 10, 2009





Your daughter doesn’t come home one night from her summer job. You go there looking for her. No one’s seen her. 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 closer Tim comes to the truth, the closer he comes to every parent’s worst nightmare --- and the kind of evil only a parent’s love has a chance in hell of stopping.

FEAR THE WORST © Copyright 2009 by Linwood Barclay. Reprinted with permission by Bantam. All rights reserved.


Linwood Barclay is a former columnist for the Toronto Star. He is the author of several critically acclaimed novels, including TOO CLOSE TO HOME and NO TIME FOR GOODBYE, a #1 bestseller in Britain. He lives near Toronto with his wife and has two grown children. His website is


FEAR THE WORST was not at all what I expected. I guess the cover didn't attract me or something but as they say "you can't tell a book by its cover" was true here. It was an easy to read but hard to put down book. Indeed, it had many plot twists that weren't hard to see coming but when you have police that don't do their job right, and sub-plots that try and fool you, it is a pretty sure bet to see what is coming.

However I think the number one draw for me was Tim Blake, the main character who was written with great depth and realism. As an ordinary car salesman, divorced, and a fairly good parent, he lives a fairly routine life without too much anxiety other than normal every day things. Sidney is his 17 year old daughter who is with him for the summer and then he has to face his parental duties. When one day, Sydney doesn't come home from work, all that Tim discovers and experiences turn his normal dull life upside down and inside out.

Tim goes to the JUST IN TIME HOTEL in Connecticut where she was working (or so he thought) to inquire after her only to find out she had not been working there--ever! at all! Even the other workers there haven't heard of her. So where has she been all along and where does he start looking? It is now that Tim realizes he must find his daughter who was living in a world full of lies, and the clock is ticking.

When the police tell Tim that Sydney's car has been found, there is relief that is short lived as they tell him they found blood in the car. Tim confronts his former wife who has recently allowed not only her boyfriend but his son to move in. When Tim questions them, he finds the boy to be obnoxious and antagonistic. Whatever Tim is on to, although he isn't sure himself, the characters responsible for Sydney's disappearance get nervous and they come and go through his apartment so that when he returns it is an upside down mess. When the police find planted cocaine in the apartment, Tim is now a person of interest.

At work, when Tim takes a client out for a test drive, the "client" pulls a gun on him and the action really takes off at a fast pace! The setting in Connecticut is so well described that you feel like you know the area and that allows you to become immersed in this fast moving, can't put down thriller. There are plot twists and plenty of time you will hold your breath to see if Tim can get out of one more dangerous situation after another. I think this is a great summer read...or any time of year for that matter, as I couldn't put it down. I welcomed a book that drew me in and wouldn't let me read just one more page and then stop...I almost read it straight through if I didn't have an appointment I had to keep. Author Linwood Barclay does a superb job and I will look forward to reading more of his work in the future!


I have two copies of this exciting book
to give away. If you want to get in on this
fabulous read, you must enter below
and follow the rules, PLEASE!


U. S Residents Only
No P. O. Boxes, Please
Email address must be included in your entry

I will make this an easy one...
Just comment below on why you want to
win this book and tell me if you follow.
If you don't please sign up in the left column
for Google Friends Connect to follow.

Giveaway will end at
6 PM, EST,

Saturday, August 22

Good Luck to all!


Just.Me said...

You said the magic words..."It was an easy to read but hard to put down book".

My favorite books are the ones you can't put down, even when you know you need to.

I have a teenage daughter, so I completely relate to parts of this story and can understand the fear of losing a child.

Please count me in.

bevsclark at gmail dot com

Neas Nuttiness said...

I want to win this book, because I love a good thriller. This one sounds great.

Thanks so much for the giveaway.

I'm a loyal follower!


traveler said...

Thanks for this great giveaway. This author can write and is fabulous. I have read all of his novels and they are riveting and unique. This one is a winner too. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

tawnda said...

it sounds like a great read... Every mommy's nightmare...
...and I follow!

kalea_kane said...

I would like to win this book because after reading your post I realized what a foolish young girl I was. When I was a teen I would often tell my mom I was sleeping over a friend's house rather than tell her where I really was. The thing is I made up the friend. There would have been no way for my mom to check up on me or for her to receive a call looking for me. I thought I was so smart, because I would never be caught doing anything (not that I was doing anything really horrible but still). How horrible would it have been if something ever happened to me? The premise of this book is intense. Please enter me! :)


Kelly :)


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Anonymous said...

The reason I would like to win is that you said it was "easy to read but hard to put down." What could be better?!!!

Please enter me; I follow on Google Reader.

nbmars AT yahoo DOT com

kalea_kane said...

Crud, I think I had better enter again, I didn't mention that I follow. Soooooo if you would prefer can you post this entry.

This is why I would like to win this book. When I read your post about Fear The Worst. It brought to my mind how when I was a teen, I use to tell my mom that I was sleeping over friend's home. Instead I was usually off somewhere else like a friend's home of whom my mom didn't approve. This friend that I used was made up. I did that so my mom would never get a call from the friend looking for me. I thought this would keep me from getting in trouble. It did. But imagine if something had happened to me? How horrible would that have been for my family and not to mention me? I am a huge fan of suspense, but this sounds like even more than that.

Please enter me, Karen. Please disregard the other entry and delete it if you don't mind, that way my following is noted like you asked. :)

Thanks! Kelly


holdenj said...

I always like a good thriller, and a new author to me, to boot! And when you get a recommendation that you couldn't put it down, it must be good.

Please enter me! I follow!

JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com


Kristie said...

Please enter me in this one. I absolutely adore Linwood Barclay and have been waiting for this one! I follow!


Gwendolyn B. said...

I'm a Follower! I'd love to win this book because both my mom and I love to read suspense/thrillers. This sounds like a really good one! Thank you so much for the chance!

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis

I am a follower
I would like this book because your review was wonderful and it made me really want to read it and I like theses kinds of book ;o)
Thanks for the chance to win!!!

bermudaonion said...

I'd love to win this because I love thrillers. I subscribe in Google Reader. milou2ster(at)

DarcyO said...

I love a good thriller and don't know what I'd do if my daughter disappeared. I'm also a follower.

dlodden at frontiernet dot net

ccqdesigns said...

This is definitely any parents worse fear, not being able to find their child. I have a son, and I was terrified that something would happen to him and even though he is now 25, I still worry about him. I would love to read the book

and I have been a follower for quite a while.

MJ said...

This sounds suspenseful. I'd love it.

I follow.


shopannies said...

I am following and would love to win this because it sounds like a great win

catss99 said...

I love suspense stories like this.


Commchick said...

I would love to win this book because I like a good mystery. I follow you on Blogger.

superbingo said...

Really Nice Blog Yaaaaa!

throuthehaze said...

I would like to win because it sounds like a great thriller


throuthehaze at gmail dot com

Debbie said...

It sounds so gripping. I'd love to read a well-written book like this.
I'm a google follower.

Beth said...

This looks awesome! I'd love to read it!

I'm a Google follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Sue said...

I love a book that's hard to put down! I enjoyed your review and would love to have a chance to win this. Thanks for sharing it.

s.mickelson at gmail dot com

nfmgirl said...

I'd love this book, because it sounds fascinating! To have your daughter go missing, and then find that the life she was leading was a lie? Her "employer" has never heard of her? Where do you begin to look?

I follow you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

Indigo said...

Reading the review the hair literally rose on the back of my neck. I could just feel the fear. I have a one and only daughter. I could easily see myself doing whatever it took to find out what happened to her. If she was hurt, I can guarantee someone would pay. Thanks for the opportunity! Indigo

I'm already a follower.

Kat Bryan said...

Mysteries are my favorite genre, I guess because I like to try and figure them out before I get to the end.

I am a follower.

winterset AT

Beverly said...

I would like to win this book as it looks like a book that I could not put down until they end and then will be scared that I would have to stay up the rest of the night.

I am a follower


Debbie F said...

I would love to win this book - love mysteries!
I follow!
dcf_beth at verizon dot net

Mermaid2x said...

I have read other very good books about fathers searching for lost kids--always suspenseful. So yep, I'd like a chance at this. Thanks for pointing out the cover wouldn't hook you--I'd have to agree and also that you can't really base a book on it's cover. Oh, and I follow (Ally/rubymoon)

rubymoonstone at gmail dot com

Carol said...

I've never read any books by this author. I love thrillers and this one sounds really good. I'm always looking for new authors to read. Thank you for the giveaway.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol DOT com

Valorie said...

I watch shows like this all the time on cable and would love to read about it. I do follow.


gaby317 said...

This sounds like a great read - tough to put down and about a parent's love.

I follow via googlereader

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

thanks for the entry

cherio1 said...

I am now a follower. This book sounds really scary good; I love these kinds of stories. Please enter me. Thank you.

LoveMyCoffee said...

Boy, there is nothing better than a book that you cannot put down! I love getting lost in a good book.
I was on vacation last week and read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo straight through...what fun.

Count me in for this one
I follow


Debs Desk said...

I would like to win this book because it sounds great and very fast paced. I am a follower. Please include me in your giveaway.

Anonymous said...


I'm a follower :)

karen k

Debb said...

I've read some reviews and this book seems like it would be very interesting... I also am a follower... thanks

minishoes1 said...

I love a good thriller and a book I would be up all night reading! I know my sister would want to read it too! Thanks!
I already follow.

JoanneR said...

Thrillers are so awesome! Thank you!

sharon54220 said...

I love books that once you start it's hard to put down. It also sounds very interesting, I can't imagine losing a daughter.

Of course, I'm a follower. This is one of my favorite blogs.

starryann said...

I would like to win this book because not only have I been a daughter but am also a mother and this book touches a cord. I would love to see what happens to the girl and where she has really been going and why. I do follow, just joined.

Jessica said...

Mystery thrillers whats not to love? I'd like to win because they are my book of choice. No I don't follow but then I don't follow many people I don't twitter or do any of that sort of thing that everyone else seams to be doing either.

Sara said...

I want to win because your review made it sound like the perfect late night under the cover reqad that I savor.

Yes, I follow. Thanks for the contest.
skkmiller (at) love (dot) com

ladystorm said...

Not sure if I made it in time but this looks like a cool book. I just started following you.