Fear the Worst follows a middle-aged man named Tim on his search for his daughter. Imagine you have a teenage daughter who suddenly goes missing, with no clear reason as to why. Then, when you go to her place of work the night she didn't come home, they have never heard of her. None of her friends seem to know where she went either. What would you do? Well, this is what happens to Tim in Fear the Worst. His journey is crazy and horrible and frustrating. Filled with action, mystery, and suspense, Fear the Worst is a great read for lovers of Mystery/Crime novels.
Tim is very relatable and easy to connect with and feel for. He is just your every day Joe who ends up getting caught up in all this crazy stuff. I really sympathized for this guy. People kept trying to set him up and all he wanted was to find his daughter. But, soon the police are more interested in interrogating him than looking for his daughter. How frustrating! Nothing can go right for this guy.
The trauma in this story is never-ending. Stuff is constantly happening. One thing after another, after another. It's a pretty crazy story and quite intense, at times, to read. The novel is just one big storm for poor Tim. First, his daughter goes missing. Then a series of other events happen throughout the novel to make Tim's life even worse. All the while, he's just trying to find his daughter and the cops are, instead of helping him, after him because they think he did all those things and killed his own daughter. Poor dude.
I am a fan of Linwood Barclay. I think he's an excellent story-teller that keeps his readers on their toes and always has unpredictable endings. In fact, there was a crazy twist at the end of Fear the Worst that I didn't see coming! My favourite novel of Barclay's so far is still No Time for Goodbye, but this one was enjoyable as well.
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The book starts off with Tim Blake, a normal average car salesman who finds out his daughter is missing. When he goes where she's currently employed to ask if they might have seen her, he finds out they haven't even heard of her. In turn, this opens up a huge can of worms as Tim is set off on a wild goose chase that's filled with more twists and turns I have ever seen in a book.
I liked how the main protagonist is a simple car salesman. We don't get very "normal average every day" people as the ones who are caught up in this sort of dilemma. It's a nice refresher and gives you a break from other stories which always include either a detective, a member of the police, or even a member of the military. It gives the plot an overall realistic flavour to it. However wrong it is, a lot of teenagers and children are missing everyday and we don't usually see it from the parent's point of view.
My heart went out for Tim. I don't know how it feel like to be a parent but sometimes on my evil juvenile days I used to make my parents worry a lot and they would probably feel like Tim did. There were times in the book where his acts of desperation in finding his daughter just makes your heart want to sink. He's not exactly a character you would like or dislike, but he's someone you would cheer for until the end.
I don't have many criticisms for this book. I just advise if you are going to read this, pay very close attention. :)
The book has plenty of twists and turns and throughout the book you find everybody has a dirty little secret and as you follow Tim you eventually figure them out. I actually liked that, as some of their secrets are related to the disappearance of his daughter. Some weren't but it was just interesting to know anyway.Read more ›
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