DNF Review: Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit


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?


DNF @ 47%

Agghh, I’m so disappointed I had to put this book down as a DNF, but as I’m finding it exceedingly hard to focus on books, I really can’t waste any of my time on books that aren’t hooking me, and this one wasn’t!

I had huge hopes for this book, featuring it in various blogs at the end of last year! I really thought this one was going to be a fast-paced thriller that would challenge our morals and opinions, but no. It wasn’t like that at all.

This one started quite strong, jumping straight into the murder (not a spoiler, literally in the first chapter), so I thought this might be one of those stories that was told backwards (like Memento), but it wasn’t like that at all. After the initial excitement, this story slowed down straightaway. It flits between going back in time and the present day, which is normally not an issue with me, if something happens.

This book was so slow and just a commentary on a boring, uppity middle class man. There really wasn’t much focus on the “stalking” at all. In fact it felt like that part of the story lasted 3 seconds and then we were stuck reading about the narrator’s weird, paranoid dad and his loveless marriage.

I like character studies usually, but this one didn’t interest me. I got a fair way through this, so I think I gave it a good chance, but I couldn’t pull myself through it.

Thanks to Netgalley and Orion Publishing Group for giving me the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review. Sorry I didn’t like it!

14 Replies to “DNF Review: Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit”

  1. I am sorry to hear that it left you disappointed it is a punch in the gut when you stumble on this kind of books so I feel you here…

    Good thing you DNFed it, I strongly back you up! You should not waste your time reading something that you obviously are not enjoying.

    Hope the next books will remedy for this one though πŸ™‚

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      1. Ohhh never heard of it I should check that.

        OMG County Kerry, Ireland, 1825. That’s it I am hooked I LOVE ANYTHING IRELAND RELATED!! I am soo gonna read this

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