Fear the Worst (review and giveaway)

Thursday, July 9, 2009


Lynwood Barclay's latest thriller, Fear the Worst, tells the suspenseful story of a man searching relentlessly for his daughter who has mysteriously disappeared. The plot moves quickly and the cliffhanger at the end of each chapter kept me continuously engaged in the story.

Tim Blake's 17-year-old daughter, Sydney (Syd), is staying with him for the summer, as she does every year. During the visit last year, she worked at the car dealership her father works at, but this year she got a new job working at a local hotel. One day, Syd and her father have an argument before she leaves for work and she doesn't return home from work that day. When Tim goes to check Syd's work, he finds out she never worked there and no one knows who she is.

Though Tim eventually has to return to his mundane daily life, he continues to do what he can to find clues about Syd's disappearance. He slowly learns that Syd was involved with a lot more than he realized and may not have been who he thought she was.

This novel moved quickly with new events occurring in each chapter. For those who want a fast-paced and fun read, this is it. I could easily see this being turned into an entertaining suspense movie. However, keep in mind that this book was heavily focused on plot turns and twists and continued action. While very entertaining, it somewhat lacked some character development. We meet a range of characters in the book but rarely get to know any well. There were a few flashbacks of Syd as a child at different ages that contributed slightly to the story. There were also a few plot points that seemed a little too convenient. I have to say, though, that even when I noticed these things in the book, it didn't really take away from the entertaining aspect of the book. I plowed through the book because I wanted to know what happened to Sydney, and I was happy with the way the mystery wrapped up. I would have preferred one more chapter to wrap up some character things, but as previously mentioned, this book focused completely on the main mystery at hand. It was a fun read!

Release date: August 11, 2009


Giveaway!!!

I will be giving away a copy of this (advanced reader's copy) book to a lucky winner. The release date isn't until August, so you can still be one of the first to read Barclay's new book! This will start today July 9, 2009 and go through July 23, 2009. The winner will be announced on July 24, 2009.

Read the following for how to enter:


  • U.S. Addresses only
  • Leave a comment with your e-mail (or pbs id) for 1 entry
  • Follow me (or already be following me) for 1 extra entry
  • Blog about the giveaway and comment with the link for 1 extra entry
  • Add me to your blogroll (or have me on there already) for 1 extra entry

16 comments:

Jennifer said...

I'm definitely in!! This book looks great!! You know my PBS ID, you're in my blogroll, I already follow you and I will definitely blog about your contest!!

demmi said...

please enter me in the book giveaway con5459(at)gmail(dot)com

gahome2mom said...

Hi, I saw your posting at Book Blogs. Thanks.

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bookjourney said...

Count me in please :)

Following you too

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bookjourney said...

Ok Jen.... I cant find your follow link... it must be me but I dont see it.. :)

bookjourney said...

NOW.... I am following :)

Miel Abeille said...

Hi Jenny! Come on over to Reminder List and collect your award :P

Jess said...

Sounds like a great book. I'd like to be entered, thanks.
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Esme said...

Please enter me.

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bridget3420 said...

Count me in:)

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bridget3420 said...

New follower

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booktumbling said...

Please include me!

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Indigo said...

Please enter me in this drawing. I can imagine the fear of a parent missing a daughter that age easily. My daugther is only a few years older. Thanks! Indigo

gahome2mom said...

Hi, I posted this on my MckLinky.

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Please enter me. :)

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sharon54220 said...

Sounds like a very interesting book. It brings reality close to home. Please enter me.

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mike draper said...

I like your review of "Fear the Worst" It looks like we should head a Linwood Barclay fan club.

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