by: Romy Hausmann
Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany’s hottest new talents
In a windowless shack in the woods, Lena’s life and that of her two children follows the rules set by their captor, the father: Meals, bathroom visits, study time are strictly scheduled and meticulously observed. He protects his family from the dangers lurking in the outside world and makes sure that his children 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. The police and Lena’s family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle which doesn’t quite seem to fit.
Helen says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓
This was one of the better thrillers I have read in a long time. It was a total page turner and hard to put down. The subject matter was a tad disturbing and not for the feint of heart. If you do not like “dark”, you will not like this book. I can truly say that I had no idea how this book was going to end. It was not predictable! My only negative was that I read it so quickly that I don’t think I will even remember it a month from now. If you need a distraction during dry January, read this!
Holly says: 🤓🤓🤓🤓3/4
Oh, dear child, you must read this one – but not alone at night! It is a little scary that I was reading this while I was tuned in to “The Night Stalker” on Netflix – maybe I should be a little concerned about myself. If you are a fan of suspenseful psychological thrillers, this is the book for you – it is a “can’t put down” that I read in two days. If you don’t enjoy suspenseful psychological thrillers, this is not the book for you. Reminiscent of Room, The Girl on the Train, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, this book does not disappoint, and if you figure this one out along the way, wow!, you deserve bonus reading nerds! I cannot wait for Romy Hausmann’s next production. This could be a movie, but it would not be as good as the book.