Publication Date: October 6, 2020
Publisher: Flatiron Books
If you were around my blog last year then you know that I read Room by Emma Donoghue and really didn’t like it. I didn’t enjoy the child narrator and the story felt very stilted. Dear Child is a similar story but done in a way that was more of what I was looking for. Lena is being held captive in a cabin in a remote place in Germany and the book starts with her escaping and fighting for her life in an ambulance. Lena’s daughter, Hannah, is with her and things really take off from there. This story is a warped and dark wild ride that I throughly enjoyed. We follow multiple narrators and yet we are never sure if we can really trust the person we are following. Ultimately, this book is about all the secrets people are keeping including the ones the author keeps from us.
I really enjoyed Hausmann’s writing and how she crafted this slippery slope of a story. The way the story unravels is devious with lots of insidious undertones and I was utterly captivated by this book. This is a thriller that doesn’t hold back on the twists which also helps to propel the story forward. The plot of this book races to an explosive and suspenseful ending that I honestly didn’t see coming. As I’m sure you can tell the characters are not always very likable and at times I found myself irritated by some of their choices. That being said they helped keep an ominous vibe throughout the book and made this the perfect one sitting read.
This is Hausmann’s English debut and I am eagerly anticipating her next book, Sleepless, which comes out in June. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a dark thriller and I don’t think you will be disappointed by this fast paced and twisted tale. Dear Child is a very dark and twisted and at times graphic so please be aware of that if you decide to pick this up.