Our Book of the Month for May 2020 is:
Dear Child by Romy Hausmann
You escaped. But your nightmare has just begun.
This thriller starts where others end.
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.
‘If you read only one thriller this year, choose this one. ‘Room’ meets ‘Gone Girl’ in this gripping novel, which will haunt you long after the last page.’
‘German bestseller Dear Child by Romy Hausmann is tipped to be one of the UK’s must-reads of the summer.’
‘I read Dear Child in one sitting, holding my breath. Such a gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written debut. I loved it!’
‘Dear Child is an accomplished thriller, beautifully written, intriguing and very compelling.’