Written by Dirk Kurbjuweit


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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?



Disappointing .. more a novel of introspection. 2 stars

As someone who has moved home due to poor neighbours, I expected this book to be focusing on that after reading the blurb. However, it was more of an introspection into Randoph’s life and not what I thought it would be.

Randolph and his wife, Rebecca, move into an apartment  in Berlin. Having met the owners of the other homes in the block, they are sure they will be happy there – but then they didn’t realise that the basement, below them, had a tenant whom they hadn’t met – yet.

Without giving any spoilers, I have to say that I feel I read a different book from the one which the synopsis alluded to. I didn’t feel the threat of the neighbour and credit myself with keeping going – always with the hope that something – anything – was going to happen to prove me wrong, but sadly it was just a mediocre read, and not one I could recommend unless you have a tendency for lacklustre books which drag on a bit. This is the first book by this author which I have read and I don’t think I’ll be seeking out a second. The title of the book and the cover, for me, were way off target.

My thanks to publisher Orion for granting me a copy via NetGalley. This is my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: family life


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1340.0 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Orion
  • Publication Date: 25 January 2018


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