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Publisher's Summary

"Jane Collingwood, Nicky Diss, and Simon Slater narrate as three parts of a fractured triangle brought together by a terrifying abduction...this mind-bending thriller is sure to enthrall listeners." (AudioFile Magazine)

This program includes an exclusive author's note, read by Romy Hausmann

Amazon.com Best Books of the Year - 2020 

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A woman held captive finally escapes - but can she ever really get away?

Gone Girl meets Room in this number-one internationally best-selling thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents.

A windowless shack in the woods. A dash to safety. But when a woman finally escapes her captor, the end of the story is only the beginning of her nightmare.

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 woods with her knows things she isn’t sharing, and Lena’s devastated father is trying to piece together details that don’t quite fit. Lena is desperate to begin again, but something tells her that her tormentor still wants to get back what belongs to him...and that she may not be able to truly escape until the whole truth about what happened in the woods finally emerges.

Twisty, suspenseful, and psychologically clever, Romy Hausmann's Dear Child is a captivating thriller with all the ingredients of a breakout hit. 

A Macmillan Audio production from Flatiron Books

"A trio of well-cast, English-accented performers embody the unreliable narrators of German author Hausmann's debut thriller, each of whom is harboring secrets.... Nothing is as it seems here, and listeners will be enthralled as each new twist is revealed." (Booklist)

“Chilling, original and mesmerizing.” (David Baldacci) 

“[A] tantalizingly disturbing debut.... As enthralling as it is thought-provoking.” (New York Times Book Review)

©2020 Romy Hausmann (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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Not my cup of tea

It was a struggle to finish this book. The male narrator was irritating and I found it really detracted from the book. Overall I would have to say this is one of the worst I have read. Not a good start to my introduction with audible. I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone.

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The story was okay, the father was insufferable, both the voice actor and the character himself. All the other narrators were fine but the male narrator was smacking his lips and you could hear him inhale every other sentence. I did not sign up for a "Mouth Noises ASMR" audiobook. His character was similarly annoying, but more because of his constant victim attitude.

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  • Karla L.
  • 2020-11-02

Wow! Great suspense book for everyone

This was an unexpected find from a thriller list. I love how legit all the characters are and the narration was spot on. Best of all, so many twists and every time I thought I knew what was going to happen...or who did it it...I was wrong. Also important to note that it did not go into huge detail of gore and description; it appears the author believes in our own imagination and ability to see the scene. Definitely recommend!

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  • JR Perkins
  • 2021-01-22

The man narrator makes my skin crawl

this is a fast paced fun book. Kind of predictable and the 2 women narrators are really good, yet the man narrator makes these mouth noises and constant swallowing massive amounts of saliva and it makes me want to vomit!!

story is good tho

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  • Mandy Carroll
  • 2020-12-02

Loved the book. Hated the Narrator

What a fantastic novel. I almost wish I had read it instead of listening to it. The male narrator is so absolutely cinegworthy to listen to. You have hear him swallow, breathe, everything. It was distracting and really off-putting

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-11-16

Wonderful thriller, but sounds....”spitty”

I really enjoyed the book and the narrators did a great job, BUT you can hear their lips smacking, saliva sucking, and the intake of breath as clearly as their words. It sounds like the mic is sitting right on their lips. It grossed me out and I had to stop listening and just get a hard copy to read.

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  • Johnnie Terry
  • 2020-12-27

Exellent story but one narrator

The story was excellent, well written. The listener experiences the joys and the traumas as the story unfolds. It kept me interested as it continued to unveil what actually happened. There are two narrators, a woman and a man. The female narrator is fantastic: Clear delineation of speakers, beautifully conveyed emotional impact of words. When she started to tell what happened on the fateful night, I said aloud, "here we go!" I would listen to anything she read. The other narrator, the male voice, was my biggest obstacle to the book. I think it is an audio problem rather than a performance problem, or maybe it was both. At the end of every sentence, he would need to catch his breath and it sounded like he was breathing through his mouth. At the end of every third sentence, he would gasp for air and then I could hear him swallow loudly. Because of this, the sentences he delivered were stacatto--like standalone sentences rather than part of one continuous scene. When the female narrator was speaking, I was in the story and only thinking of the story. When the male narrator was speaking, I was so distracted by the breathing, the swallowing, the gasping, the fighting for air, the swallowing, that I dreaded hearing his voice--even if what he had to say was necessary. Worse yet, sometimes I had to rewind and relisten because I lost the story line while listening to him swallow and breathe. The story is good enough that I marshalled through but unless this was an allergy attack he was experiencing while recording and the allergies cleared up, I could not listen to him again.

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  • addictedtoaudible
  • 2020-12-19

Exciting, suspenseful, tense

I really enjoyed this story and the voice narration. I found the plot twists and turns to always keep surprising me, and for the character’s choices to often times frustrate me- but that is often life!

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  • Mark
  • 2020-11-21

interesting, intelligent mystery

While this novel was never a compulsive page-turner, it was well written and always interesting. I friend who recommended this to me described it as a cross between Room and Gone Girl. That was an apt description, yet this was a truly original story. This is a story of captivity in a windowless cabin in the woods , where a woman being held is forced to play the role of mother to two children there, and play husband to "father." The story jumps forward and back, each time revealing more to this mystery. I won't tell more. Unlike Room, where the best parts were the scenes in captivity, this gets more interesting afterwards. This is a good psychological thriller/mystery.

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  • Andrea M Schooley
  • 2020-10-30

Psychological twister

I enjoyed this book very much! It was told from several different points of view and you couldn't figure out who the evil character was until the end. Nicely written!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-12-10

Incredibly good!

Excellent. Loved it. Very creepy to listen to.
Can’t wait for the next book to be translated into English. Hint, Hint.

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  • amanda chambers
  • 2020-12-06

Great story and Narration

Love this book! Twisty and psychological. Great character development, specifically with in depth psychological aspect of characters. Fascinating read without gratuitous violence or abuse. Highly recommend.

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