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by Orion Books, 25 January 2018. ISBN: 978-1-4091-7202-4 (HB)
originally written in the German language and entitled Angst, was a
bestseller in Germany and was adapted into a TV movie. The author is deputy
editor-in-chief of Der Spiegel, a current affairs magazine. The story is
loosely based on a disturbing episode lasting eight months some 14 years earlier
when the author, his wife and children were subjected to a campaign of terror
perpetrated by a neighbour who occupied the basement flat below them.
amiable and seemingly harmless, the neighbour becomes a peeping tom, seeks to
gain access to the family’s flat via the garden, repeatedly lurks in the
communal hall lying in wait for the author’s wife and haranguing and harassing
her, plasters the walls with notes falsely accusing the couple of sexually abusing
their children and hounds them with letters and poems containing murder
Randolph, the main character and the narrator, is a
law abiding, decent, middle-class man. The author states that Randolph is not
he but “he is a version of me.”Dieter, the
troublesome adversary, is of a different social class to those in the building.
From the outset the reader learns that Randolph’s
father aged seventy-seven, a firearms enthusiast and superb marksman is serving
a long custodial sentence having been convicted of Dieter’s manslaughter.The story then shunts back and forth between
Randolph’s childhood, his relationship with his father and the present day when
the couple’s relationship is pushed almost to crumbling point.
Randolph approaches lawyers, social services and
the police but is informed that a loophole in the law means that nothing can be
done about Dieter. Rendered helpless it is then that Randolph turns to his
father for help.
The book sets an even pace and the characters are
developed and credible even low-life Dieter.The flitting between past and present is skilfully and seamlessly done
and the dialogue flows naturally.The book
concludes with a cunning twist one never sees coming. It is a well constructed,
thoughtful, gripping, albeit sometimes uncomfortable, read that will linger in
the memory for a long time.
Kurbjuweitis a successful writer and journalist in his
native Germany. He has been awarded several prestigious prizes for his journalism,
including the Egon Erwin Kisch Prize and the Novel Herzog Media Prize. He is
also the author of several nonfiction and fiction titles, three of which have
been adapted into feature films. He lives in Berlin.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.