Dear Child, Romy Hausmann

Dear Child opening lines: Student, 23, missing in Munich. Munich (LR) – The Munich police are searching for clues relating to the whereabouts of Lena Beck, 23, from Munich-Haidhausen.

My blurb:

Four thousand nine hundred and ninety-three days. That is how long Lena Beck has been missing before her parents get a phone call. They are told that she might be alive. And just that possibility is all that they need to carry on hoping. But it turns out that the woman with her name is not their daughter. But how did she come to be in the hospital? And who is she?

Dear Child

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.

My verdict:

This well translated book made for an excellent read. I had no idea who the villain was in this story. A great insight into the psychological affects of living in a controlled environment.

Publishing information:
Category: Fiction
ISBN:   9781529401424
Publisher:  Quercus Publishing
On sale: June 2020
Format: Paperback

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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