You escaped. But your nightmare has just begun.
'A chilling, original and mesmerizing work. Hausmann is a force to be reckoned with. You can't stop reading' David Baldacci
'Deliciously dark' Alice Feeney
'Very compelling' Peter James
'Disturbingly good' Lesley Kara
The No 1 International Bestseller - 250.000 copies sold in Germany - 5th bestselling paperback in Germany in 2019
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.
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Gripping, complex read
OMG, This is one gripping, complex, engrossing reads that I have read in a very long time. The story certainly keeps you on your toes with twists and turns every which way. With an ending that just comes from nowhere. Absolutely brilliantly plotted, as you read you wonder who is who, there’s not a bit of this book that slows down in pace. It totally engages the reader from start to finish.
Told through perspectives of some of the characters, initially Lena, Matthias, Hannah and the Jasmin. Lena had disappeared 13 years earlier, at the age of 23, her father Matthias and mother Karin had never given up hope. But what was Lena like really? Her father portrayed her as a good girl with top grades who was going to go on to become a teacher, but her friends portrayed her as a party girl, who liked to drink and take other chemicals.
When Matthias’s longtime friend And police officer, Gerd calls to say they think they have found Lena, Matthias won’t listen and wait for confirmation as to whether it is her or not, he and Karin get in the car and drive to the hospital where Lena is being held after being hit by a car. But is this Lena? the young girl with her Hannah is the splitting image of Lena at 13, Matthias wants answers, he has always wanted answers, at times he becomes quite hotheaded, but who wouldn’t if their daughter had disappeared. Gerd has always promised he would bring her home.
I am not going to go into any more of the story because I wouldn’t want to spoil it, but this is such a gripping read, so many things that you just don’t see coming. It’s a brilliantly woven puzzle. With terrific characters.
If you read one thriller this year, I highly recommend this one without a doubt.
Thanks to #netgalley and #Quercus for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.