Publisher: Flatiron Books + Macmillan Audio
Release Date: October 06, 2020
Genre: Fiction / Thriller
A windowless shack in the woods. A dash to safety. But when a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare.
She says her name is Lena. Lena, who disappeared without a trace 14 years prior. She fits the profile. She has the distinctive scar. But her family swears that she isn’t their Lena.
The little girl who escaped the woods with her knows things she isn’t sharing, and Lena’s devastated father is trying to piece together details that don’t quite fit. Lena is desperate to begin again, but something tells her that her tormentor still wants to get back what belongs to him…and that she may not be able to truly escape until the whole truth about what happened in the woods finally emerges.
Twisty, suspenseful, and psychologically clever, Romy Hausmann’s Dear Child is a captivating thriller with all the ingredients of a breakout hit.”
What to say about Dear Child by Romy Hausmann that hasn’t already been said. I found this to be a slower burn than some readers and I wouldn’t personally call it a fast-paced novel, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying it. There are a few different viewpoints and the mix of them created a little bit of an unreliable narrative for me. I wasn’t exactly sure who I could trust, and I really enjoy it when an author can make the reader suspect multiple characters of being untrustworthy. This is a thriller debut and I think Hausmann has so much potential in this genre after seeing what she is capable of. She doesn’t go too in-depth with what happens in the shack, but there is plenty that gives the reader a good idea of what the characters went through. I think this is such a great novel to go into blind, and it will certainly keep you guessing.
The audiobook was really well done and narrated by Jane Collingwood, Nicky Diss & Simon Slater with a note at the end read by the author. I honestly think the best part was getting to hear the author’s voice at the end and I love that it was included in the audio. She speaks to where she got the idea for the book which was fascinating, and I would listen to the audiobook simply for that reason alone. Every once in a while, I would cringe at Slater’s narration because of mouth sounds but it wasn’t anywhere near as bad as some audiobooks I’ve listened to, and his part was small enough that it didn’t bother me as much as it could have. I thought the translation from German was great as well, and there wasn’t anything that didn’t come through perfectly in English for me. Dear Child probably isn’t going to be a book I will remember forever, but it was tense and suspenseful, and I will definitely be looking into whatever Hausmann writes next.
Thank you to the publishers for my advanced listening and digital copies of this book. All opinions and thoughts are my own.