Dear Child | Romy Hausmann | Review

“You haven’t got us, not really. It’s your prison, not ours.”





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.


Firstly I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and Quercus Books for allowing me to read an eARC of Dear Child. I am very grateful for the opportunity.

Thrillers used to be my go to book, I used to read nothing book this until approximately a year ago when I discovered fantasy. I know predominantly read the fantasy genre and rarely dive into anything else. I read that many thrillers during my time of reading them that they all became predictable and boring which really put me off. However, I must say I am very glad I asked to read this book because I did not regret it.

Dear Child sent shivers to my spine throughout the duration of my time reading it. It was a really bumpy ride, a book that I could not put down. I read it within a few sittings as it was really difficult to stop reading once I started.

I love the way that this story was told. You almost have the end scenario presented to you at the start with numerous characters then recalling what happened on the run up to these events. What particularly disturbed me was Hannah’s point of view. Hannah was such a strong thought-provoking character. I just wanted to jump in and give the poor girl a hug. I think what struck me most about Hannah’s character was how innocent she came across; for a young girl that had been through and witnessed so much she is so calm and collective. Such a chilling sequence of events.

I really enjoyed the perspectives of different characters throughout the book. It really did add to the chilling experience. It helped me to build up different theories surrounding the story … all of which I must add were wrong. I had characters that I really liked, some I didn’t and some that I did not trust. There are literally so many twists and turns in this book, you sometimes don’t know if you are coming and going. But this definitely adds to the excitement. I was definitely absorbed into this story and the plot and I just really wanted to know what happened.

This is a really fast paced book, that you will not be able to put down. There is excitement just around the corner and it will take you off guard. I enjoyed (probably not the right word), but I liked seeing the trauma that Jasmin is clearly going through and how this affects her behaviour. I work with victims of crime and this is so reflective of my experiences of trauma with them. The author has definitely done her research which is very favourable for me in books like this.

I recommend that you picked this book up. I haven’t read a book that has chilled me to the bone quite as much as this has since reading Room. This is the only way I can compare it. This book isn’t getting the hype that it deserves but I intend to recommend Dear Child to as many people as I can.

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