German bestseller Dear Child by Romy Hausmann is tipped to be one of the UK's must-reads of the summer
I read Dear Child in one sitting, holding my breath. Such a gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written debut. I loved it!
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
Wow! Such a disturbingly good read. Romy's knack of getting under a character's skin is impressive. I loved it
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
Dear Child is an accomplished thriller, beautifully written, intriguing and very compelling
A peerless exercise in suspense . . . Whether treated as a study in trauma and identity or a dark, well-crafted crime narrative from multiple perspectives, it is a nail-biting fare
Claustrophobic, terrifying and fiercely compelling, this is heartbreaking
Hausmann makes you care about her characters even while they keep you guessing
Told from multiple viewpoints which gives a satisfying complexity . . . An intelligent and original book
A chilling, original and mesmerizing work. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can't stop reading
Outstanding . . . The multiple points of view and numerous plot twists sustain the breakneck pacing, but the book's real power lies in the author's insightful and sensitive portrayal of the characters involved in the tragedy. This darkly disturbing thriller definitely marks Hausmann as a writer to watch.
Equal parts mystery, thriller and family story . . . [A] tantalizingly disturbing debut . . . the overall experience is as enthralling as it is thought-provoking. Hausmann creates a dark solar system studded with twinkling stars . . . At the core of Dear Child is the constant hope that characters will be drawn back to people who mean the most to them, no matter how far apart they've been pulled. That glint of optimism is the light guiding readers as they fly through this book
Nothing is quite what it seems in this mesmerising debut