Destined to become a word-of-mouth bestseller, Fear is a powerful psychological thriller that will leave readers reeling
Dirk Kurbjuweit is deputy editor-in-chief at Der Spiegel, where he has worked since 1999, and divides his time between Berlin and Hamburg. He has received numerous awards for his writing, including the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize for journalism, and is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels, many of which, including Fear, have been adapted for film, television and radio in Germany. Fear is the first of his works to be translated into English.
'Fear shifts our moral codes. It makes us sympathetic to violent revenge, accessories to murder. Do we want the victim to survive? No, we don't. Long after I had put this book down I still didn't. A great achievement.' -- Herman Koch 'Dirk Kurbjuweit exposes the evil lurking just below the surface of civilised life.' Stern 'A subtle and engrossing psychological thriller that gives an intelligent, carefully considered response to the question of how much our liberal values are worth when we feel our lives are threatened.' Brigitte 'High-voltage and multi-layered.' Frankfurter Neue Presse 'Fear forces us to see just how thin the delicate veneer of civilisation really is, and thus confirms it: any one of us can become a murderer.' Der Tagesspiegel 'Gripping, suspenseful and unbelievably dark...As a thriller, Fear more than holds its own against the competition. It reminds one of Dutch author Herman Koch's bestselling novels, and not only because of the moral question-How far will you go to protect your family?-at the heart of the story.' Welt 'Flawlessly translated from German by Imogen Taylor...a gripping and thought-provoking read.' BookMooch 'This is a murder story, a psychological thriller, and something more.' ArtsHub 'Using the familiar themes of neighbourly suspicion and veiled class conflict, Fear dramatically exposes how small fears and suspicions can expose and create larger tensions in society, especially within the safe domestic world of the middle-class family. Fear works most impressively as an examination of porous boundaries between order and chaos. It offers an unnerving portrait of how close many of us can come to committing unspeakable acts of violence-often motivated by a fear of violence itself.' Lifted Brow 'Fear is a smart, psychologically complex and morally acute fable of modern German society decked out in the garb of an intricate thriller...This is a wry, complex, at times disturbing survey of middle-class German life in the decades since the end of World War II.' Sydney Morning Herald 'This psychologically acute novel examines the stresses parents feel when family members are under serious threat. Some readers might even cheer Randolph's dad.' New Zealand Listener 'Kurbjuweit delivers an urban thriller and ethical minefield...[He] effectively builds the tension, while throwing barbs at classist attitudes that might be fuelling some of Randolph's reactions. Though he never comes out and asks the question, this definitely will have readers thinking about the lengths they might go to in a similar situation.' Pile by the Bed 'An indelible examination of middle-class values, relationships, masculinity, identity, violence, history and fear that comes full circle to a conclusion as shocking as it is logical. A finely crafted and disturbing psychological thriller.' Newtown Review of Books 'An effective thriller...Though he never comes out and asks the question, this definitely will have the readers thinking about the lengths they might go to in a similar situation. And facing the realisation that no matter how strange Randolph's upbringing that their reaction (if not their ultimate response) might be exactly the same.' PS News 'A compelling tale of perception and threat that reveals dark thoughts and a ripper twist.' Townsville Eye 'An exploration of maleness, beliefs and aggression.' Otago Daily Times