REVIEW: Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit

FearTitle: Fear by Dirk Kurbjuweit
Pages: 303
Published by: Orion Publishing Group
Publication date: 25th January 2018
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Format: Hardback
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Synopsis: 

You’d die for your family. But would you kil lfor 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:

This book was such a massive disappointment. It was one of my most anticipated reads for the year, I had literally being waiting over a year to get my hands on this book. So you can imagine how disappointed I am to say I hated this book and wished I hadn’t bothered reading it.

Everything about this book made it seem really intense and scary. I was really intrigued by the title and the cover instantly caught my attention. The synopsis made it sound like the most exciting thriller and it was so crazy to hear the story was based on the author’s own experiences of being stalked. Unfortunately, this book was so incredibly boring and dull. The story barely touches upon the family being stalked and is more about the main characters daddy issues.

One of the many things I disliked about Fear is that it starts with how it ends which really annoyed me. Before I’ve even gotten into the story, the ending is already partly spoiled for me. Who would want that? Once you get past that, the main character launches into massive detail about his childhood and his parents. Honestly I was really irritated because I wasn’t expecting this and didn’t really care? I picked up this book to read about a main characters insane experience with a stalker not to read their autobiography.

We also find out his marriage is falling apart and how he spends less time at home as he distances himself from his family. Again, I didn’t really see the relevance of this and just wanted to find out who the damn stalker was. It kind of annoyed me how he gave the stalker a really ugly appearance and if I remember correctly, he also had mental health issues and he lived off benefits. This just really annoyed me that he made this person who has mental health issues a freak and a monster. I didn’t like that at all. It just seemed like lazy writing to me.

It’s scary to think the author based this story on his own experiences and I feel bad for saying this, but he could have made it more exciting. Everything about this was just really bad. Like the stalker started sending them letters which scared his wife and what does the main character do about it? He goes on holiday. Yes. He leaves his wife and two children alone in the flat and goes on holiday by himself. Good job, husband. Good job. Then I had to read about what a good time on holiday he was having. It was just so boring and there was no excitement. It felt like there wasn’t much of a plot for the majority of the book. Probably 10% was about the stalker and 90% was about the main character doing whatever he wanted and talking about his childhood. He complained about his lack of a relationship with his father and just whined and whined and whined. It was so annoying!

My problem with the writing was that it was a lot of telling and not a lot of showing. We are TOLD he is a stalker but we are not SHOWN him being a stalker. The lack of focus on the stalker was infuriating. This was not a thrilling book at all. There is a plot twist at the end which I think was supposed to be a mind-blowing thing and leave you with your mouth hanging open but I just didn’t care. It came too late for me and couldn’t save the book. I was so relieved to finally finish it and I was so disappointed at how incredibly BORING it was. There was no action, it was not scary, it was easy to put down and not a book you’d stay up very late at night reading.

If you are looking for a thriller then I would avoid this one. There are plenty of better ones out there that are much more exciting and I wouldn’t want anyone to think all thrillers are this bad after reading this.

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