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    Fiction Addction book club

    Loved the book. A great page turner with twists and turns in every chapter. Just couldnt put it down.
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    Dear Child

    Downloaded the preview and was hooked. The novel has been very well translated, the story is told by different characters, the father of a missing student, another missing girl and by the 13 year old daughter of the missing student. Starts very well grabbing you into the storyline, slows down with the missing girl re living her trauma / PTSD then takes off again with some twists at the end. Recommended.
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    Gripping

    Not my usual type of reading choice but this book had me gripped. Very well written with great characterisation of a difficult subject (given recent history). Recommended.
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    A great roller coaster read

    Lena was just a teenager when she went missing on her way home and the case has remained open with no new leads for 13 years, but when a young woman runs out of the woods into the path of a car, the police need to confirm if this stranger is the missing Lena. The hit and run victim also has a young child with her who is the image of Lena. Investigations start raising questions on who the lady is and where she came from. When "Lena" is released from hospital, she returns to a flat that her real previous self rented with a friend. She suffers paranoia and is suspicious of everybody around her..... but does she have reason to be? The story flips between the young lady, the child (Hannah) and Lena's father. You start to feel the pressures and years of frustrations of Lena's family and not knowing what has happened to their daughter, this is amplified at the thought she has possibly been found and they might have a grandchild. You have to feel for both Lena and Hannah as their story unfolds but also realise they are both hiding something from the doctors and the police. There is not always a clear separation between the timeline in character changes so can be a little confusing at times. A good storyline that will have your emotions flipping from sympathy, empathy and suspicion.
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    Dark & Disturbing

    My first novel by Romy Hausmann was pretty impressive to say the least. It is a shocking story of abduction and captivity, encompassing the effects of these traumas on the victims themselves and their families. A young woman is hit by a car and taken to hospital accompanied by a child called Hannah, who claims that the injured woman is Lena, her mother. But is she missing person Lena Beck who mysteriously disappeared thirteen years ago? The detective from the original investigation into Lena’s disappearance contacts The Beck's, Lena’s parents Matthias and Karin, to advise them that Lena might be the accident victim. Unfortunately for the Beck's, their hopes that Lena has returned are dashed as the woman turns out to be Jasmin Grass who has been missing for 4 months as she proceeds to tell the police the chilling tale of her recent whereabouts. Her evidence leads them to an isolated cabin deep in the heart of the woods where Jonathan, another child deeply traumatised, is found along with a dead body... This thriller début is told in alternating segments by Hannah, Lena/Jasmin and Matthias dotted with extracts from newspapers. All three of the narrators, Lena/Jasmin, Hannah and Matthias, are well-drawn and have suffered psychological trauma that has impacted on them in different ways. Their diverse perspectives gel to create a taut, cleverly woven, multi-layered and suspenseful story. Well translated, the ending was fulfilling and I'm pleased to have read this mesmerising, nightmarish story. Dear Child is very highly recommended and I will be looking out for more by Romy Hausmann in the future. I received a complimentary copy of this novel at my request from Quercus via NetGalley and this review is my unbiased opinion.
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