Hello bookish friends! Today it’s my pleasure to be sharing my #WhatsTurningMyPages review of Dear Child by Romy Hausmann with you!✨
You escaped. But your nightmare has just begun.
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.
I managed to race through this novel at lightning speed, not because it’s particularly short or easy in subject matter (it is not for the faint hearted that’s for sure) but because it was SO gripping. I honestly had difficulty tearing myself away from this book: Dear Child has a mindbendingly twisty yet taut plot and at times it had me reeling.
Dear Child is an EXCEEDINGLY tense novel; Hausmann cleverly uses short sharp chapters to ramp up the tension to scintillating levels and switches between narrator just at the crucial point, so that where the reader thinks they might receive a tiny morsel of information, she flips to a new chapter and a different voice. It had me positively buzzing with excitement.
I got through three quarters of this novel without a single inkling as to just what had happened to Lena, and even towards the end of the book when I started to think that I might have worked it all out, Hausmann slapped me round the face with a wicked curveball which genuinely left me aghast. When I finished it, I had to go back to see if she’d dropped any hints at all throughout the book; so shocked was I by the outcome.
This novel is a jumpy, nervous, hold-your-breath kind of creepy and has set the bar very high indeed for incoming novels in the psychological thriller genre.
Heart-racingly thrilling; I tore through this book in just a couple of days; Dear Child is #griplit at it’s finest and I am very much looking forward to Hausmann’s next offering!
Dear Child is out now in stunning hardcover and you can buy it here and my thanks go to Hannah Robinson and Quercus books for sending me an early proof.
Until next time! Have a wonderful day!