Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents
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 14 years ago. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.
14 years ago Lena Beck went missing, her father, Matthias has never given up hope.
When a young woman is taken to hospital after a hit and run accident, Matthias is told this may be his daughter, as the little girl with her, Hannah, says the woman’s name is Lena.
It’s not Lena and he is bitterly disappointed, only to find out Hannah is his granddaughter…..so what has happened to Lena?
Oh my, this is a disturbing tale, Hannah is decidedly odd, but then if you’d been living in a windowless cabin all your life then it’s understandable. Her brother, Jonathan is traumatised by events that lead to their escape too and Jasmine is terrified….and this is just the beginning.
I found this to be an incredible, completely engrossing read. It’s so well written, with a plot that keeps you on tenterhooks throughout. It grabs you from the very start and doesn’t let go. Dealing with the trauma of abduction, violence and fear it’s not an easy read at times but so compelling.
A fantastically chilling and original thriller….this is a must read.
Thank you to Quercus Books for the opportunity to read Dear Child for free. This is my honest and unbiased review.