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Dear Child

ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529401455

Price: £9.99

ON SALE: 14th May 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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You escaped. But he will never let you go.

Now a major Netflix series

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.

‘Chilling, original and mesmerising. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with’ DAVID BALDACCI

‘Couldn’t put this book down, loved every minute’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘A peerless exercise in suspense’ FINANCIAL TIMES

‘So many twists and turns, you can barely catch your breath!’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘Will haunt you long after the last page’ ALICE FEENEY

‘A nail-biting page turner’

‘Keeps you guessing’ SUNDAY EXPRESS

‘Addictive’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘Intelligent and original’

‘Loved everything about this book’

Claustrophobic, terrifying and fiercely compelling’ DAILY MAIL

‘If you loved Room you will love this’

‘Disturbingly good’ LESLEY KARA

‘Gripping, astounding, heart-pounding’ 5* READER REVIEW

‘Gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written’ JO SPAIN


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
Dear Child is an accomplished thriller, beautifully written, intriguing and very compelling
Peter James
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
Barry Forshaw, Financial Times
Claustrophobic, terrifying and fiercely compelling, this is heartbreaking
Daily Mail
Hausmann makes you care about her characters even while they keep you guessing
Sunday Express
Told from multiple viewpoints which gives a satisfying complexity . . . An intelligent and original book
Sunday Independent
A chilling, original and mesmerizing work. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can't stop reading
David Baldacci
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.
Publishers Weekly
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
New York Times
Nothing is quite what it seems in this mesmerising debut
Daily Express
A mesmerising and flawlessly plotted debut
Sunday Express S Magazine