FEAR

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TITLE: FEAR

AUTHOR: DIRK KURBJUWET

PUBLISHERS:ORION PUBLISHING GROUP.

THE SYNOPSIS…

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? And those you thought would help – the police, your lawyer – 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?

MY REVIEW…

Thank you very much to neutrally and Orion for allowing me to access the pre publication copy of this title.

This is a dark thriller that literally made my nerve endings tingle… with FEAR!

Fear is the modern urban tale of a family under threat, a family scared in their own home and it brings into question how far would YOU go to protect those most precious to you from an outside threat? Its disturbing, its thought provoking and it is god damn scary. Its not a race through the pages, high octane thriller, but we need to learn a novel doesn’t need to be to send the fear of god into you… it can be a slow burner, a disturbing, slow mind bender of a story that chills you to the core. The undercurrent of fear followed me onto every page, and this book has haunted me for a long time after i finished it.

We watch as life gets claustrophobic for the laid back Randolph and his beautiful wife Rebecca, we see what begins as an seemingly innocent act of the downstairs neighbour ( Deiter) leaving a plate of biscuits, spirals of control and escalates into a serious case of stalking. The successful, middle class couples marriage starts to suffer as the stress of the situation takes its toll on them both.  I couldn’t put this down, it was such a compelling read… I can only describe it as a  really intimate, fly on the wall look at a normal family, put in a terrifying situation, the effects and how they deal with it… moral codes are called into question, we learn a lot of back story about both Randolph and Dieter and we start to really question the line between right and wrong.

Its claustrophobic and uncomfortable and really makes you empathise with the family.

We know there is a crime, we know the motive and from the very outset we know the perpetrator, so a straightforward thriller focused on the subject of stalking this is not. It looks at how a family like yours or mine might protect themselves when the police and court system fails us- and the fact this COULD happen to anyone is what makes this so disturbing and utterly readable.

Clever, very well written… 5 stars and highly recommended.

 

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