YOU ESCAPED. BUT HE WILL NEVER LET YOU GO.
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'Chilling, original and mesmerising. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with' David Baldacci
'A peerless exercise in suspense' Financial Times
'Claustrophobic, terrifying and fiercely compelling' Daily Mail
'Disturbingly good' Lesley Kara
'Gripping, suspenseful and beautifully written' Jo Spain
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 over thirteen years ago. The police and Lena's family are all desperately trying to piece together a puzzle that doesn't quite seem to fit.
'Will haunt you long after the last page' Alice Feeney
'Keeps you guessing' Sunday Express
'Intelligent and original' Sunday Independent
'Outstanding' Publishers Weekly
Early in German author Hausmann's outstanding debut, a woman is hit by a car in a forest on the German-Czech border. The police believe the victim may be Lena Beck, a college student who disappeared in Munich 13 years earlier. After a search of the forest reveals a windowless cabin, a horrific story begins taking shape: Lena was abducted and forced to live in captivity while giving birth to a girl and a boy. When Lena's father, Matthias, arrives at the hospital to identify his daughter, however, he says it's not her. But the young girl with her the woman's alleged daughter looks exactly like a younger Lena. A DNA test confirms both children are, in fact, Matthias's grandchildren. As the traumatized woman and the two kids struggle to adapt to life outside of the cabin, Matthias vows to find out what happened to his daughter. The multiple points of view and numerous plot twists sustain the breakneck pacing, but the book's real power lies in the author's insightful and sensitive portrayal of the characters involved in the tragedy. This darkly disturbing thriller definitely marks Hausmann as a writer to watch.
I couldn’t stop reading this it was great from the start. Kept you thinking all the way through. I read it in a day because I couldn’t put it down. Glad I purchased it.
Didn’t expect the ending at all!!
Genuinely a fantastic read, you’ll be gripped. The kind of book you’ll want to make time for during the day.