GONE GIRL meets ROOM in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany's hottest new talents
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.
Dear Child is an accomplished thriller, beautifully written, intriguing and very compelling - Peter James
German bestseller Dear Child by Romy Hausmann is tipped to be one of the UK's must-reads of the summer - S Magazine
I read Dear Child in one sitting, holding my breath. Such a gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written debut. I loved it! - Jo Spain, author of The Confession
One of the best thrillers I've read this year. Flawlessly plotted with a pace that refuses to let the reader come up for air - not that you'd want to - Stephanie Wrobel, author of The Recovery of Rose Gold
Wow! Such a disturbingly good read. Romy's knack of getting under a character's skin is impressive. I loved it - Lesley Kara, author of The Rumour
If you read only one thriller this year, choose this one. Room meets Gone Girl in this gripping novel, which will haunt you long after the last page - Alice Feeney, author of Sometimes I Lie