Fear the Worst

Fear the Worst

A Thriller

Audiobook CD - 2009
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Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife who's moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. Tim's girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It's not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare him for the nightmare that's about to begin. His daughter, Sydney, has vanished 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 he may not have known his daughter as well as he thought. 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 Sydney as much as Tim does. But they're not planning a welcome-home party. 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.
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, p2009
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781423398387
Branch Call Number: CDBK FIC Barc
Characteristics: 11 compact discs : 12 hours, 36 mins

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Mar 16, 2018

Not as good as "Trust Your Eyes' where the problem starts slowly and builds, but in "Fear the Worst," Barclay's thriller gets off to the races very quickly. Tim Blake is having his usual problems; they seem to follow him around. He's a car salesman who's just barely making it, yet he has one redeeming characteristic, his love for his 17 year-old daughter Sydney. Separated, Tim has custody of her for the summer. She disappears one day - she doesn't come home from her receptionist job at a second-rate hotel in town. Tim worries that a tiff at breakfast over something he asked about has made her run off. He soon starts searching and finds that her job may be fictitious, that his former wife's new relationship may be part of the problem, and that he can't get any help from the police. Indeed he quickly climbs to suspect #1. Both Tim and the reader become more and more anxious. Throw in his neurotic girl-friend, enough dead bodies to require a very large hearse, and hints of the mob, and I had an enjoyable read.

grace_ellisent Mar 09, 2012

The first half of the story is so slow and boring that if I am reading its print version, I would have given up long ago. The last quarter of the story is okay, but it can definitely be a lot shorter and tighter!

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