Lena and her two children are captives of a malign tormentor, until their rescue from captivity. But this is only the start of a new nightmare, with their captor still on their trail. But is Lena in fact the woman she claims to be? Whether treated as a study in trauma and identity or a dark, well-crafted crime narrative told from multiple perspectives, it is nail-biting fare.
Dear Child is mesmerising and addictive all the same, and with each turn of the page you are gripped by a new twist or revelation. Hausmann does well to keep her cards close to her chest and keeps the reader guessing for almost the entirety of the book.