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Dear Child

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And he called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. Just like God.

A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. Oxygen comes from a “circulation machine”, food is provided by the father only. He protects his family from the dangers lurking “out there” and makes sure that his children, conceived and born in captivity, will always have a mother to look after them. One day Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena”, who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago.

Three people are liberated from years of hell on earth only to find unimaginable horror staring back at them. Romy Hausmann has written an emotionally charged, high-caliber page-turner that gets right under your skin from the very first line.


• Film rights optioned pre-publication by Constantin Film
• For fans of Gone Girl and the award-winning motion picture Room

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Romy Hausmann

Romy Hausmann born in 1981, worked as a TV journalist before she wrote herself straight to the top of German suspense literature with her thriller debut Liebes Kind (Dear Child) in 2019. She has established herself as a successful writer of thrillers as well as of non-fiction titles. Her books regularly climb the bestselling lists, are being turned into films and series and have been translated into more than 26 languages. Romy Hausmann lives with her family near Stuttgart. 

Dear Child

And he called the light Day and the darkness he called Night. Just like God.

A windowless shack in the woods. Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. Oxygen comes from a “circulation machine”, food is provided by the father only. He protects his family from the dangers lurking “out there” and makes sure that his children, conceived and born in captivity, will always have a mother to look after them. One day Lena manages to flee – but the nightmare continues. It seems as if her tormentor wants to get back what belongs to him. And then there is the question whether she really is the woman called “Lena”, who disappeared without a trace 14 years ago.

Three people are liberated from years of hell on earth only to find unimaginable horror staring back at them. Romy Hausmann has written an emotionally charged, high-caliber page-turner that gets right under your skin from the very first line.


• Film rights optioned pre-publication by Constantin Film
• For fans of Gone Girl and the award-winning motion picture Room

Sample Translation


Bibliographic Data
432 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-21836-8
First published 2020

Rights sold: UK/US, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovenia , Spain (cast.), Sweden, Turkey