Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

4 stars from me

My word, what an interesting book!

Fear, by Dirk Kurbjuweit, has a lovely flow to it. It runs at a gentle pace and the prose is often really quite beautiful and intellectually stimulating. The depth in which the relationship between husband and wife is explored feels true and raw and is exquisitely reported. So many scenes in this book will resonate with readers.

The tale itself is quite simple, yet it will provoke great thought from readers as you imagine yourself in the surreal and horrible situation. With one question being the over riding theme: what would you do?

I found myself likening Fear to old school literature – the gentle pace felt reminiscent of To Kill A Mockingbird and the commentary in my head had echoes of Green Mile.

Fear is a very good, gripping read – utterly different from most books out there in this genre – poses questions and provokes thought.




‘You’ll never see your neighbours in the same light again’ OBSERVER
‘Beautifully written, frightening and absorbing’ THE TIMES
‘As intellectually stimulating as it is gripping *****’ DAILY TELEGRAPH
‘[An] uncomfortably close-to-home thriller’ – SUNDAY TIMES
‘Something we’ve not see before in contemporary crime fiction’ GUARDIAN
‘Takes you right into the heart of darkness’ MAIL ON SUNDAY
‘There’s a twist at the end that is worth waiting for’ INDEPENDENT
‘A terrifying study of a family threatened by the tenant living downstairs’ WOMAN&HOME
‘This creepy tale of obsession will make you wonder ‘what would I do?’ SUNDAY MIRROR
‘A gripping tale of domestic terror’ IRISH TIMES
‘A must have new read’ DAILY EXPRESS

You’d die for your family. But would you kill for them?

Family is everything. So what if yours was being terrorised by a neighbour – a man who doesn’t listen to reason, whose actions become more erratic and sinister with each passing day?

You go to the police, but they can’t help you. You become afraid to leave your family at home alone. But there’s nothing more you can do to protect them.

Is there? 

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