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Published September 16, 2020

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Dear Child
by Romy Hausmann
6 Oct 2020
368 pages
Publisher: Flatiron Books
ISBN-13: 9781250768537
Genre: Thrillers
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A woman held captive finally escapes - but can she ever really get away?

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.

"[O]utstanding...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 (starred review)

"[T]he author has failed to make the central characters seem like real people, and the supporting ones are barely outlined...The plot is sufficiently creepy and twisty, but without well-developed characters, the reader's buy-in will be limited." - Kirkus Reviews

"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." - Financial Times (UK)

"Terrifying and fiercely compelling, this is heartbreaking." - Daily Mail (UK)

"Hausmann makes you care about her characters even while they keep you guessing." - Sunday Express (UK)

"Told from multiple viewpoints which gives a satisfying complexity...An intelligent and original book." - Sunday Independent (UK)

"Dear Child is a chilling, original and mesmerizing work. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can't stop reading." - David Baldacci, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Memory Man

"If you only read one thriller this year, choose this one. Room meets Gone Girl in this gripping novel, which will haunt you long after the last page. Deliciously dark, original, and beautifully written, I loved this book." - Alice Feeney, New York Times bestselling author of Sometimes I Lie

"Dear Child is one of the best thrillers I've read this year. I finished it in one sitting. It's flawlessly plotted with a pace that refuses to let the reader come up for air―not that you'd want to." - Stephanie Wrobel, bestselling author of Darling Rose Gold

Romy Hausmann lives with her family at a remote house in the woods in Stuttgart, Germany. Dear Child is her English-language debut.

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