Book Review: Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Review of Dear Child

Rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐


Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents

In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children will always have a mother to look after them.

One day Lena manages to flee–but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena,” who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.


Dark, enthralling, and full of unsettling twists and turns that kept me turning the pages, desperate to uncover the truth.

This is a well-written story with a clever plot that kept on giving till the very last pages…

And the very well-developed characters, all have an unreliable tinge to them, made it all the more difficult to foresee the twists, let alone the explosive finale.

I would definitely recommend this to all psychological thrillers’ readers!

I would like to thank the Publishers, NetGalley, and the Author for sending me a copy of this book.

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