You escaped. But your nightmare has just begun.
‘A chilling, original and mesmerizing work. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can’t stop reading’ David Baldacci
‘Deliciously dark’ Alice Feeney
‘Very compelling’ Peter James
‘Disturbingly good’ Lesley Kara
The No 1 International Bestseller – 250.000 copies sold in Germany – 5th bestselling paperback in Germany in 2019
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.
Romy Hausmann was born in the former GDR 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 she has been working as a freelancer in TV. Dear Child is her thriller debut. Romy Hausmann lives with her family in a remote house in the woods near Stuttgart.