About this book
Dirk Kurbjuweit • Imogen Taylor
A masterpiece of psychological suspense for fans of The Dinner and We Need to Talk About Kevin.
Randolph Tiefenthaler insists he had a normal childhood, though he grew up with a father who kept thirty loaded guns in the house. A modestly successful architect with an attractive, intelligent wife, Rebecca, and two children, Randolph finds his life turned upside down when his father, a man he loves yet has always feared, is imprisoned for murder.…
Fear is the story of the twisted events leading up to his father’s incarceration. It begins when Randolph and his family move into a new building and meet their neighbour, Dieter Tiberius, the peculiar yet seemingly friendly man living in the basement apartment. As the Tiefenthalers settle into their home, they become increasingly disturbed as Dieter’s strange behaviour turns malevolent — sending erotic letters to Rebecca, spying, making accusations of child abuse, and filing police reports he against the Tiefenthalers. Finally, Randolph confesses his own feelings of desperation and helplessness, which ultimately lead to his father’s intervention.
Awards and Praise
“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, author of The Dinner
“Extremely creepy … [a] terrific novel.” — Globe and Mail
“[Fear] is at once a domestic thriller and a reflection on masculinity, morality and responsibility.” — Toronto Star
“Kurbjuweit generates suspense … we care enough about these flawed people to keep turning the pages.” — Publishers Weekly
“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