Fear the Worst

  • by Linwood Barclay
  • Narrated by Buck Schirner
  • 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The worst day of Tim Blake's life started out with him making breakfast for his seventeen-year-old daughter Sydney. Syd was staying with him while she worked a summer job - even if he wasn't entirely sure what her job at the Just Inn Time motel actually was - and Tim hoped this quality father-daughter time would somehow help her deal with his divorce.
When she didn't arrive home at her usual time, he thought she'd probably gone to the mall to hang with her friends. When she didn't answer her phone he began to worry. When she didn't come home at all, he began to panic. And when the people at the Just Inn Time said they had no Sydney Blake working at the motel and never had, he began to see his life going into freefall.
If she hadn't been working at the Just Inn Time every day, what had she been doing? Something she couldn't - or wouldn't - tell her own father about? Only one thing has him convinced the worst hasn't already happened: the fact that some very scary people seem just as eager as he is to find her. The question is: who's going to find her first?


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A nightmare journey to find a missing daughter

Early on in the book Tim Blake's teenage daughter Sydney goes missing and thereafter he's thrown into a nightmare of false leads as he tries to track her down not knowing whether she's alive or dead. The police even suspect that he's murdered her. The book veers from one crisis to another for Tim and the bodies pile up. Preposterous in many ways but gripping and enjoyable nevertheless. There's some humour to leaven the grimness in the foibles and interactions between Tim and his girlrfriend, and with his ex-wife and her new husband.
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- Kirstine


Would you try another book written by Linwood Barclay or narrated by Buck Schirner?

I loved 'No Time for Goodbye'. It is a solid 5* read/listen, so yes, I will try others. The narrator is technically very good, but his voice grated here. I wouldn't rule out others narrated by him. It would depend on the book.

What was most disappointing about Linwood Barclay’s story?

It frequently got bogged down, going nowhere. I was interested enough to want to know what had happened to continue, but I had to wind forward 30 minutes on 3 seperate occasions in frustration to make it to the end.

Did Buck Schirner do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

He was technically very good indeed. Sadly, his 1960s old American guy voice didn't work for me. After all, the main character in this book was 36-years-old and most of the others were younger still.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fear the Worst?

Where do I start? It needs to lose plenty.

Any additional comments?

I tend to return books if I am not enjoying them, but there is something so pleasing about Linwood Barclay's prose that, despite my frustration with this book, I just couldn't.

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- Ann D

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-02-2010
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group Limited