Book Review

Review – Dear Child by Romy Hausmann


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 over thirteen years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn’t quite seem to fit.

My Review:

Oh my goodness! Where do I begin with this review. This book is just so good. Twisted, haunting, revoting and utterly compelling. I cannot stop thinking about it!

This is a story about Matthias and Karin’s daughter Lena who was missing 13 years ago. One day they got a call and that a woman who was in a car accident resembled so much like Lena. This woman was taken to hospital with her child called Hannah. Now, is this woman the real Lena, who is this child? What happened to them all these years?

The story was so well plotted. It was told from Mathias, “Lena” and Hannah’s perspectives. There was something so utterly uniqued about the way Romy wrote Dear Child. The trauma from abduction, the aftermath of manipulation were so well captured by the author. We really could feel the twisted love, the despair and most of all the will for survival. This story has levels upon levels of secrets to reveal and truth to be told. It was so gripping and chilling. At times I found it quite scary. Not in the horror way but the scene of creepiness has given me so much chill.

I love the ending. I think the ending has justified every emotion I have suffered so far from reading the story!😱😂It was done right in my opinion! If you love a fantastic thriller, I highly recommend Dear Child!

Thank you so much Ella, Hannah and Quercus book for this copy to review!

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