Review: Fear the Worst by Linwood Barclay
(Orion Books £18.99)
Tim Blake is a divorced car salesman with a 17-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is spending her summer vacation with him, working in the Just Inn Time motel. But when she is late home and doesn't answer her cell phone, Tim begins to worry, and when she doesn't come home at all he begins to panic. When he discovers that she apparently never worked at the motel, his life goes into freefall. Suddenly Tim has to investigate his own daughter's life and try to get some answers from her uncommunicative teenage friends. If she hadn't been working at the motel, where had she been and what had she been doing? Why had she stepped out of her own life without a trace?
The only thing that convinces him Syd is still alive and in deadly danger is the fact that there are some seriously scary people apparently just as eager as him to find his daughter. Only one of Syd's friends, the older and streetwise Patty, is prepared to help Tim -- and she has another agenda.
Linwood Barclay is a Canadian thriller writer relatively new to the scene who has hit the ground running with two edge-of-the-seat best-sellers in the last couple of years, No Time for Goodbye and Too Close to Home, both of which garnered warm praise. This novel is just as innovatively plotted, and equally pulse-pounding.