Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Review: Fear The Worst by Linwood Barclay

Book Info:
Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam (August 11, 2009)
ISBN-13: 9780553807165
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Source: My Shelves
Rating: 3.5/5

Tim is an average guy. He sells cars. He has an ex-wife. She’s moved in with a man whose moody son spends more time online than he should. His girlfriend is turning out to be a bit of a flake. It’s not a life without hassles, but nothing will prepare Tim for the nightmare that’s about to begin.

Sydney vanishes 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 the daughter he’s loved and thought he knew is a virtual stranger.

Thank you for all your well wishes as we took our mini vacation over Thanksgiving weeked. We had a great time and wonderful weather. I'm hoping to get some pictures of our trip up later this week!

I know I've mentioned it before, but I find mysteries really hard to review. For the longest time this was pretty much the only genre I read. Since I've read so many mystery/thriller books it takes an awful lot for them to stand out for me.

I enjoyed reading Fear The Worst, but it's only been about 5 days since I finished it and I'm already having a hard time writing a review. I liked the book, was really into it while I was reading and I finished it in just a couple of days. But now, the characters don't have much to set them apart and the plot was interesting, but forgettable.

If you enjoy mysteries, pick up Fear the Worst. It was a solid mystery and one that kept me entertained. While it didn't have that something special I look for, Barclay hasn't let me down when I'm looking for an engaging read. 3.5 stars


Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I read the first book by him and it was thrilling and suspenseful. I've been meaning to pick up his others.

Lenore Appelhans said...

I enjoyed No Time for Goodbye, so I would definitely read more Barclay.

Sandy Nawrot said...

I know exactly what you mean. I've read hundreds of books in this genre, and while I will enjoy them when I'm reading them, I can't remember a thing about them six months later. That's dangerous, because I often pick them up at library sales and forget I've read them.

Zibilee said...

I think that is the main problem that I have with these types of books, they are pretty much forgettable. Sorry this one was not a favorite.

Becky W. said...

This is on my list of books to read. I might really like it! Good thoughts!

Darlene said...

Glad you had a good vacation! I find the same thing with thrillers/mysteries. While I'm reading them they're great but I find I forget them quite quickly. I did enjoy this one when I read it.