Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

I don’t read thrillers, but I read about Dear Child by Romy Hausmann on Yvonne’s blog and on Kelly’s. I’m so glad I read it because I couldn’t put it down. Although reading this after watching The Fall, a fantastic series about a serial killer in which Gillian Anderson is the detective, means that now I’m looking for a “light” read in more ways than one.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Dear Child is the story of a mother, Lena, and two children kept by their father in a windowless shack in the woods. The story sounds dark, isn’t it? Well, in fact it is much more darker than it appears. It was an incredible read. I did not like any of the characters in the book, not even the victims, like Lena’s parents Matthew and Karin, or the children. Maybe the lack of likeability of the characters made the book more “haunting” for me and more interesting. The lives of the mother and the children in the shack is gruesome, everything is timed, from meals to when they are allowed to go to the toilet.

I found it interesting how the mother – Lena – evolves thorough the book, from someone who is still oppressed even after being set free to a woman who can remember her past. I am aware of not giving any spoilers, so I’m not going to say more. This book is worth reading, do consider borrowing it or buying it, even if you are not a fan of the genre, you might like the book as much as I did.

Dear Child by Romy Hausmann

Details about the picture: cones as props were very appropriate
My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Quercus
Year it was published: 2019
Format: Hardcover
Genre(s): Contemporary – Thriller
Pages: 343

About the author: Romy Hausmann was born in East Germany in 1981. At the age of twenty-four she became chief editor at a film production company in Munich. Since the birth of her son, Romy has been working as a freelancer in television. Her thriller debut, Dear Child, became a number one bestseller in Germany and is being published in twenty countries. Sleepless is her second thriller. Romy lives with her family in a remote house in the woods near Stuttgart.
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9 thoughts on “Dear Child by Romy Hausmann”

  • I have seen good reviews of this thriller, and it’s on my to-read list. It sounds riveting, and also reminds me slightly of Room by Emma Donoghue (sp?). Have you read Room? There’s also a film, which is pretty good, the child actor is extraordinary.

  • Hi Anca,

    Whew! I am so pleased that you enjoyed this one as much as I did! Thanks for the mention, I really appreciate that.

    I am always wary about recommending a book, as a storyline one person enjoys, may not be to someone else’s liking at all and vice versa of course.

    I don’t think even ‘enjoy’ is really suitable for this heart-breaking, dark story, is it? ‘haunting’ is a much better word.

    I know what you mean about needing a slightly ‘lighter’ read next!

    I never watched ‘The Fall’, but I shall definitely be checking it out, thanks for sharing.

    I hope that all is well with you 🙂

    Yvonne Xx

    • Yes, I agree, it feels strange to say that I enjoyed the story, when it was dark and complicated and heartbreaking. I think you would love The Fall, it is on Amazon Prime.

      Happy New Year! xx

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