ARC Review | Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Publication Date: October 6th, 2020
ARC from the publisher

A woman held captive finally escapes—but can she ever really get away?

Gone Girl
 meets Room in this page-turning, #1 internationally bestselling thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents

“Chilling, original and mesmerizing.” —David Baldacci

Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mysteries & Thrillers of Fall 2020

A windowless shack in the woods. A dash to safety. But when a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare.

She says her name is Lena. Lena, who disappeared without a trace 14 years prior. She fits the profile. She has the distinctive scar. But her family swears that she isn’t their Lena.

The little girl who escaped the woods with her knows things she isn’t sharing, and Lena’s devastated father is trying to piece together details that don’t quite fit. Lena is desperate to begin again, but something tells her that her tormentor still wants to get back what belongs to him…and that she may not be able to truly escape until the whole truth about what happened in the woods finally emerges.

Twisty, suspenseful, and psychologically clever, Romy Hausmann’s Dear Child is a captivating thriller with all the ingredients of a breakout hit.”

| Book Review |

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann was a book I knew I was going to pick up as soon as I read the synopsis. A woman who escapes her captor and tries to lead police back to him? Does that sound like a Criminal Minds episode, or what? I was in.

First off, while I often find Mystery/Thrillers to be edge of the seat on suspense, I don’t often truly feel them to be truly Thrilling, but Dear Child was. This book was so creepy and disturbing. The way everything happened, from the beginning of the abduction to the end of her captivity, it was pure craziness. It hit me while reading this that I don’t think I’ve ever thought about the introduction to being captive. I’ve thought about how scared the victim must be, but I’ve never really thought about what happens from there. And here, there was no presentation for the victim, no list of expectations, no run down. Just pure discipline if she made a mistake. I don’t know what I expected from a psychopath, but it was pretty eye opening.

I think that what added another layer of creepiness in this book was the addition of children. There’s just something about throwing a child into the mix, who knows nothing about life and nothing aside from captivity, that makes a situation you don’t think can get any worse…worse. It was pretty shocking.

This book is told from a few points of view, from our victim, from Lena’s father, and from Hannah. I thought they were all essential and added to the story. Hannah’s point of view was the most interesting to me. The psychology of her situation and her response was fascinating.

I won’t say more for fear of spoiling anything, but I will say that this book goes by really fast, and right up until the very end, you do wonder if our victim has escaped her captor. If you’re looking for a book that’s really going to thrill you, Dear Child fits the bill.

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