She says her name is Lena. Lena, who disappeared without a trace 14 years prior. She fits the profile. She has the distinctive scar. But her family swears that she isn’t their Lena.
The little girl who escaped the wood ...more
The imaginary trips were so vivid and realistic for Hannah that she genuinely appears to believe that they actually happened so when she saw Matthias she probably recognised him as the person described/'seen' in her 'trip' with Lena. (hide spoiler)]
It is mostly quite fascinating mash up of Room and Wendy Walker’s “Don’t Look for me”. The characters were well-developed, emotionally layered, ...more
Dear Child is a psychological thriller about a woman who is held in captivity in a cabin in the woods until she escapes.
13 years after disappearing after attending a college party, Lena is found. Having killed her captor, she is now safe. Her two children, Hannah and Jonathan, are rescued as well. However, Lena’s story doesn’t add up, and it is clear that she is hiding something. Her children are also keeping deadly secrets. Even though they have physically escaped, the ...more
Although it can take some time to get your bearings, once the narrative really begins to unfold, it's completely intriguing.
The story is told from three main perspectives: a kidnapped woman, known as Lena, who has just escaped her captor; her daughter, Hannah; and Lena's father, Matthias, who has been searching fo ...more
If I had to pick a quote from this book to summarize it, I’d say that’s the one. Romy Hausmann’s debut novel is a powerful look into the psychology of both love and trauma, and how it expresses itself uniquely through different people, sometimes in horrifying ways, and sometimes in healing ways.
The story is told in three narratives by ‘Lena ...more
Dear child is a novel by German author Romy Haussmann . A family held captive by their father who rules his household with scheduled bathroom times, locked doors, and protects his family from the outside world until they manage to escape his obsessive world . But the night mare just begins for Lena and her family as the police try to p ...more
What a deep, dark, read.
Lena has been missing for 13 years. So long in fact, that she’s had two children while being held captive by a madman.
When the opportunity presents itself, it’s time for ‘Lena’ to run! Unfortunately, she runs directly into the path of a passing car and ends up in the hospital.
The first words she manages to utter…
“Lena...my name is Lena ”
But is it really her? And why won’t the children tell the authorit ...more
Shortest Summary Ever: Lena has been held hostage along with her 2 children. One night the unthinkable happens - she’s free, only to wind up in hospital, hit by a car. What happened, who is she, and is the nightmare truly over?
Thoughts: I’m never going anywhere again. Nope. Nope. Nope. Never. Agoraphobia is my jam. Yup. (Fetal position).
Good God what did I just read? Something that scared every bajeezer out of me! Every. Last, One. (Crossing myself ten times, clutch ...more
Matthias and Karin Beck's daughter, Lena has been missing for 13 years with absolutely no leads or clues as to what happened to her the night she disappeared. Then one night they get a call telling them that a woman matching their daughters description has been found and is a patient in a hospital a few hours away. But when they get to the hospital, is this really the case or is this just the start of another chapte ...more
This is a shocking and gripping story of abduction and captivity which goes beyond this to look at the effect of the trauma on the victims and their families. A young woman is injured when she is hit by a car, she is taken to hospital accompanied by a strange child Hannah, who says that she is the victims daughter and that the woman’s name is Lena. Is this Lena Beck who has been missing for thirteen years? Her mother Karin and father Matthias full of hope, rush to the hospi ...more
An abduction that happens 14 years ago to then 23 year old, Lena. Then another woman is found after missing for 4 months who calls herself Lena and looks a bit like her, but is not her. 2 children born in captivity. An escape.
A father who faithfully believes he will find his daughter in the 14 years she’s been gone.
It made me think of my own 22 year old daughter who is leaving again to further her education this coming fall. A reminde ...more
Well that was twisty and just all kinds of... wrong!
This is a hard one to review without giving anything away but I will try. A woman escapes captivity only to hit by a car on the first road she come to. The driver is shocked but calls an ambulance immediately. As they head to the hospital the paramedics ask her name and a child’s voice says “Lena, her name is Lena”. But it’s not! And how did Hannah end up in the ambulance with her?
In the hospital the woman, whose real ...more
No doubt some comparisons can be made to the book Room by Emma Donoghue. You have a captivity plot and one of the narrators of the story is a child. However, don't skip this book just because you have read Room. Despite a few similarities Dear Child goes off in its own direction and I certainly didn't feel like I read the same book ...more
This is a story of Lena, a young woman who went missing 13 years ago, an odd little girl and a father who’s been searching for his daughter. How are these people connected? What happened to Lena?
Dark and menacing. One of those books that would probably make you feel uncomfortable and troubled. This will make you think the unthinkable and imagine the unimaginable.
So cruel and twisted. My heart broke for the main characters ...more
Five well deserved stars for this shockingly super-creepy thriller!
Wow! A compelling and page-turning story of abduction, cruelty and mystery. Imagine living in a cabin in the woods, windowless and isolated, everything you do is meticulously scheduled including bathroom visits. I’m not going to give too much away.....
Lena Beck, 23 a petite, blonde student disappeared without a trace after attending a party until 5 a.m. thirteen years earlier.
A woman is brought into hospital, critical ...more
Lena’s dad has never given up looking for his daughter and pesters the police for more information, he is hopeful that Lena is still alive. The suspense builds as he rushes to the hospital only to find ...more
After finishing this book earlier today and sitting with it for a while to gather my thoughts, I still feel a bit conflicted about it. Initially, as it was off to a very rocky start with me, I berated myself for choosing a story that centred around characters kidnapped and held in captivity, a theme that has never really been my cup of tea. I’m one of the few people who weren’t totally enamoured by ROOM, or SILENT CHILD, or LOOK BEHIND ...more
Told in multiple POV, 1st person, it’s a standalone novel. I think this was a good debut novel. Dear Child is a dark thriller, a creepy read and you should proceed with caution (view spoiler)[abduction, rape, violence, torturing... (hide spoiler)] It’s fast-paced with short chapters, unpredictable (about finding the bad guy) with a satisfying ending. My only complaint is its similarity with Room (I’ve watched the movie and haven’t read the book itself but I could see their similarit ...more
The Male narrator almost ruined the audio for me with all his mouth sounds 😣 Thankfully there were two strong female narrators that helped me get through the audio.
Student, Lena Beck, 23, missing in Munich.
It's been 4,993 days and nights. 13 years of waiting for the phone to ring....and it does. Now there's a bit of hope, but what the parents find at the hospital is not what they expected.
I thought I had this puzzler figured out more than once, but no cigar! As the book summary reveals, an isolated life behind locked doors of a shack in the woods is the setting, and although we've heard similar stories before, DEAR CHILD keeps the storyline...more
Normally I hate when a blurb says “this book is ABC meets XYZ.” Hate. It. But since this book actually was Room meets Gone Girl . . . .
Fourteen years ago the Beck’s daughter went missing and they never gave up hope of finding her alive one day. But when a young woman matching Lena’s description (down to a scar on her forehead) turns up in the hospital it is not she who Herr Beck recognizes. It’s the thirteen year old girl with he ...more
This s ...more
What kind of monster are you?
When a woman named Lena is the victim of a hit and run accident and turns up at a nearby hospital, a cold case is reactivated. She says her name is Lena, but how can it be? She disappeared without a trace thirteen years ago and this woman looks nothing like her. Is this really Lena? Where has she been?
Omg this book! When Alice Feeney says, “If you only read one thriller this year, read this one,” you listen! I. Couldn’t. Put. It. Do ...more
Why? Hannah. A young girl with such a distorted view that I just couldn't reconcile how she was going to move on with her life. And Jasmin... so damaged that at time ...more
Told from multiple POV, the story of a woman who went missing for 14 years, and held captive by an overly protective, abusive man who hides her in the woods in a run down cabin. The parents are desperate in their attempt to find her and have always held out h ...more