Fear the Worst, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The gripping page-turner from the massive No. 1 bestselling author and Richard & Judy Book Club winner 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 motel said they had no Sydney Blake working there, and never had, he began to see his life going into freefall.

If she hadn't been working at the motel every day, what had she been doing?

Something she couldn't - or wouldn't - tell her own father about?

To find his daughter, Tim doesn't need to simply track her down - he needs to know who she really was, and what could have made her step out of her own life without leaving a trace. 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?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780752883359



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Tim Blake goes to pick up his daughter after work only to find everyone denies she ever worked there. He then spends the rest of the book desperately searching for her and trying to unravel the mystery of where she is and why, whilst others try to stop him at every turn.As usual a high quality plot and characters which reminded me of Harlen Coben's plotting, high praise indeed!

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This is an ok book. I have read several other Linwood Barclay novels. Starts off really well Tim Blake is looking for his teenage daughter he cant find her anywere. She isnt at the hotel she works at. Tim doesnt get much help from the police. The bad guys are closing in. Tim eventually tracks his daugher Sydney down. This book got silly towards the end but overall it was an ok book.

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