Fear

Pub Date   |   Archive Date 25 Jan 2018

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Randolph and Rebecca live in Berlin. They live in an apartment block and, in the apartment below them, lives Dieter. Dieter is spying on them and causing them problems by telling the authorities that they molest and abuse their children, Paul and Fay. The problems escalate and it would be a great book if it wasn’t for the incessant ramblings and selfishness of Randolph. Maybe something has been lost in translation? It doesn’t feel focused enough. Fatima Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review
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This one is gripping, so well written and fast paced. Have you watched Nightmare Neighbors on TV, or had a nightmare neighbor. Ever wondered what you would do in that situation. Wondered what would happen if the law will not and cannot do anything to help you, become afraid to leave your family home that you cherish. This book is about one such family who are demonised by a man, a neighbour..... most people would move house..... but not this family..... no spoilers here! Fascinating read.. but realistically, I am sure someone could have helped them!
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Every so often a book draws you in, unsuspecting, then tugs you deep into its pages and doesn't let go. This book is wow worthy. I love the author's writing style, and nothing was lost in translation. I would love to see this book on the screen. It totally sank its claws into me. Would recommend highly. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the review copy.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the opportunity to read this book as an arc. I thought this was an excellent book, albeit not quite what I was expecting! It tells the story of a German family who are being tormented by the man who lives in the basement flat below them. He makes accusations of child abuse and reports the parents to the authorities continually. The couple, Randolph and Rebecca, receive no help or support and become increasingly desperate to rid themselves of the tenant. I thought this would be more of a thriller, instead it was a literary journey through Randolph's childhood, his family and his marriage. The fear alluded to in the title, was the fear he had...

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I was drawn to this book for the title, storyline, & cover. However, as I began to read the book; I knew I would have a hard time connecting with the characters in the story. For myself, it was hard to stay interested in what the characters were going through. It did not keep me wanting to find out what happens next. I read this book at slower pace than I normally read because I ended up loosing interest. It wasn't for me :(
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Dirk Kurbjuweit has written a well-crafted literary novel that bounces around the life of the semi-autobiographical character Randolf, his highly strung but intelligent and gorgeous wife Rebecca, and their two children. He follows their turmoil as Dieter Tiberius, the downstairs neighbour, becomes more and more sinister, appearing to threaten his wife and their children. He explores what it means to be suspected of a serious crime, of abusing your kids, how you doubt yourself and your wife, and how you overreact to compensate against those vile accusations. This is one of those books where you’re told the ending at the beginning - the story then fills in the details that led to that...

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This German book translated to English deals with a narrator whose rhythm is different than what the normal thriller reader will be used to. Saying this, it also brings something new to the table which will give readers something new to gnaw their teeth on. The main plot deals with a man who is desperate to protect his family when he has no one else to turn to as the police and the court system proves to be no help. The story is very enriched with questions and social dilemmas that will test your views on child abuse, gun control, protection of property and family, etc. This is a very interesting and as there are different sensibilities due to the country of origin of the novel being...

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I've picked up and put this down several times but I just can't get into this. Maybe I need to be in a different mindset - a winter story not a summer holiday read.
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A very well done novel about what perception does to the human mind. How does unreasoning fear influence decisions about action to be taken in a stressful event. Randolf Tiefenthaler is a successful architect living and working in Berlin. He has a beautiful wife, Rebecca, and two delightful children. Due to his success he moves his family into a beautiful upscale apartment. Every thing looks wonderful. He likes his neighbors and gets along as well as could be expected with them. One of them is an older man named Dieter Tiberius who at first blush seems friendly although somewhat aloof. Unfortunately Dieter changes and his behavior becomes more malevolent. Randolph becomes...

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A creepy story of stalking. The title is very apt. Well worth reading
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Randolph lives in a flat with his wife and children. In the basement flat lives Dieter Tiberius who is rather strange.A good choice of name for the perpetrator(The Roman emperor Tiberius being known for sexual perversion ).He starts out being friendly to the family and then begins stalking them, creeping around the garden when Randolph is away. This is told from Randolph’s point of view as a story to his wife, and also gives quite a bit of his background. It starts from the end (if that makes sense) and then works it way towards that explaining what occurred to bring that end about. When the law of the land is unable to help you are forced to make your own decisions. This is well written...

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Sometimes some books just aren't for you. For some reason you don't click with them. For me this was one of those books. Sorry but thank you for letting me read it.
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A neighbour drives a family to despair. The architect, who has become distant from his wife, tries to knit his family back together in the face of a nebulous threat. Very literary and introspective, and European in tone.
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Hmmmm, never have I waited as long after reading to write a review. Why didn't I like this book, yet read it in two sittings and am still thinking about the story now. I've decided it was because I wanted to kick the selfish, self absorbed, boring narrator very hard! That being said, how wonderful must the characterisation be to make me feel that strongly? This story of a stalker that lives downstairs has probably been written many times, but none like this. Yes, it does make you realise that the Law is an ass and you really want to feel sorry for the family upstairs, but it's so cleverly written that you don't side with anyone. Having said all that, a couple of things ring untrue...

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