Author: Romy Hausmann

Romy Hausmann lives with her family at a remote house in the woods in Stuttgart, Germany. Dear Child is her English-language debut.

Photograph by Astrid Eckert.

#BookReview Sleepless by Romy Hausmann @Flatironbooks #Sleepless #RomyHausmann

#BookReview Sleepless by Romy Hausmann @Flatironbooks #Sleepless #RomyHausmann Title: Sleepless

Author: Romy Hausmann

Published by: Flatiron Books on Oct. 19, 2021

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 336

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Flatiron Books

Book Rating: 7/10

It’s been years since Nadja Kulka was convicted of a cruel crime. After being released from prison, she’s wanted nothing more than to live a normal life: nice flat, steady job, even a few friends. But when one of those friends, Laura von Hoven–free-spirited beauty and wife of Nadja’s boss–kills her lover and begs Nadja for her help, Nadja can’t seem to refuse.

The two women make for a remote house in the woods, the perfect place to bury a body. But their plan quickly falls apart and Nadja finds herself outplayed, a pawn in a bizarre game in which she is both the perfect victim and the perfect murderer…


Review:

Atmospheric, menacing, and crafty!

Sleepless is an ominous, character-driven thriller that delves into the complex dynamics between friends and family members and highlights just how parasitic some of those relationships can truly be.

The prose is gritty and taut. The characters are plagued, deceptive, and self-involved. And the plot using a back-and-forth, past/present style builds tension as it unfolds a tortuous tale of friendship, lies, secrets, retribution, manipulation, guilt, violence, and murder.

There is no doubt that Hausmann can weave a suspicious tale that’s dark, gloomy, and tragic and that highlights the scheming, selfish, dark side of human nature. And even though I thought the storyline itself was very intricate and clever, although a little disjointed at times, unfortunately for me the lack of characters with any sort of moral or ethical conscience in Sleepless made it a little hard for me to like, connect, or even root for any of them the way I would have liked to.

 

This novel is available on October 19, 2021!

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

           

 

 

Thank you to Flatiron Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Romy Hausmann

Romy Hausmann lives with her family at a remote house in the woods in Stuttgart, Germany. Dear Child is her English-language debut.

Photograph by Astrid Eckert.

#BookReview Dear Child by Romy Hausmann @RaincoastBooks @Flatironbooks #DearChild #RomyHausmann

#BookReview Dear Child by Romy Hausmann @RaincoastBooks @Flatironbooks #DearChild #RomyHausmann Title: Dear Child

Author: Romy Hausmann

Published by: Flatiron Books on Oct. 6, 2020

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 368

Format: Paperback, ARC

Source: Raincoast Books

Book Rating: 8.5/10

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.


Review:

Dark, spine-chilling, and intricately plotted!

Dear Child is a gritty, tortuous, intense, character-driven tale that takes us on a hunt for a sadistic kidnapper and highlights the enduring psychological, physical, and emotional effects experienced by all those affected by his actions and ensnared, even briefly, in his despicable world.

The writing is edgy and tight. The characters are vulnerable, tormented, and scarred. And the plot told from multiple perspectives is an engrossing, eerie tale full of twists, turns, lies, secrets, deception, familial drama, obsession, depravity, violence, and murder.

Overall, Dear Child is a highly suspenseful, well written, gripping thriller that is a scary reminder that even the most heinous of evil can often be concealed behind masks of normality.

 

This novel is available now!

Pick up a copy from your favourite retailer or from one of the following links.

           

 

 

Thank you to Raincoast Books for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review.

 

About Romy Hausmann

Romy Hausmann lives with her family at a remote house in the woods in Stuttgart, Germany. Dear Child is her English-language debut.

Photograph by Astrid Eckert.

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