#eurothriller https://www.austcrimefiction.org/ en Dear Child, Romy Hausmann https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dear-child-romy-hausmann <div data-history-node-id="15112" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> Dear Child, Romy Hausmann </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Tuesday, May 26, 2020</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>It is difficult to read of women’s lives being micromanaged by their domestic captors to the point of scheduled toilet breaks, and of young children being raised entirely behind closed doors.  These are hard novels to take on. If you are reading this because you have heard Dear Child compared to ‘The Room’, you will however find quite a different kind of novel here.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>To her husband, she is Lena, and to the children, she is Mama.  Mama is a fragile lady who often has the shakes and can sometimes be a bit forgetful.  Sometimes Mama might forget to say thankyou, or neglect to put the children to bed on time.  Luckily for Mama she has fourteen year old Hannah to issue the odd reminder before Papa becomes wise to any transgressions. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Mama, Papa, Hannah and Jonathan all live together in a cabin in the woods.  Lockdown is every day, and it is only Papa who is allowed to go out into the wide world.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Lena’s parents Matthias and Karin never gave up on finding their darling daughter.  After fourteen years of waiting for that all important phone call, one night it finally comes. A young woman fitting the description of Lena has escaped her captor and has been hit by a car on a forest road.  Lena is safe for now, and they learn she did not come into hospital alone.  Everything changes yet again when Matthias and Karin first meet Hannah, the spitting image of their Lena.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Dear Child begins with two people being bundled into an ambulance. As much as it is a legacy novel about the aftereffects of such extreme deprivations of liberty, Dear Child skirts around an even more urgent concern as the novel progresses.  What if there were others?  Is the kidnapper replicating his favourite crimes over and over?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>The voices of the novel are the woman from the cabin, teenage Hannah, and Lena’s father Matthias.  So we have the viewpoint of a child who was raised in captivity, a young woman who has known life in the outside world, and a parent who had learned to live with not knowing what had happened to his child after she went missing. Each has their own perceptions of what is right, who needs to be punished, who might be hiding something.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Much of the events of Dear Child are relayed via flashbacks.  In these there are a lot of puzzling inclusions which only make sense in the novel’s wrap up. Clues are cleverly dropped in, requiring a bit of backtracking to see what it was that tweaked your curiosity on the first run through.  Cleverly constructed with many ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ moments, Dear Child is an accomplished first work of many moving parts that pivots away from the identity and motivations of the kidnapper and places that focus instead on its victims.  What happens next when they are free?</span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dear-child-romy-hausmann" data-a2a-title="Dear Child, Romy Hausmann"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fdear-child-romy-hausmann&amp;title=Dear%20Child%2C%20Romy%20Hausmann"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--4"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="15071" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--2"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/dear-child" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/dear-child.jpg?itok=xnDyz7KP" width="143" height="220" alt="Dear Child" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/romy-hausmann" hreflang="en">Romy Hausmann</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781529401424</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4845" hreflang="en">2020</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--3"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>Gone Girl meets Room in this page-turning thriller from one of Germany's hottest new talents</p> <p>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.</p> <p>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.</p> <p> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4880" hreflang="en">#2020</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5082" hreflang="en">#debut</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5018" hreflang="en">#translation</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4746" hreflang="en">#eurothriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4782" hreflang="en">#crime</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--5"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--5--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--5--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--5--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-686bf4cab84b8bc59ec401fb70de117b2ba0296c9163777d8058b2d74e661507"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/dear-child-romy-hausmann" hreflang="en">Dear Child, Romy Hausmann</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Tuesday, May 26, 2020 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=15112&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="gdHK5DpR0SBbiXNFxLVTAk9x09uCBVgjOO06gO6Cias"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Tue, 26 May 2020 06:10:15 +0000 Andrea Thompson 15112 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/dear-child-romy-hausmann#comments A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/nearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson <div data-history-node-id="14698" class="node node--type-review node--view-mode-rss ds-1col clearfix"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--6"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">REVIEW</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-node-title field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item"><h2> A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson </h2> </div> <div class="review-written-by field field--name-field-review-written-by field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Review Written By</div> <div class="field--item"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> <ul class="social-media-links--platforms platforms inline horizontal"> <li> <a href="https://www.twitter.com/hillsandbeaches" > <span class='fa fa-twitter fa-2x'></span> </a> </li> </ul> </article> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-node-post-date field--type-ds field--label-hidden field--item">Monday, July 22, 2019</div> <div class="review-body-ds field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span>Stella is the only child of Adam, a pastor, and Ulrika, a lawyer.  Stella is now of legal age and looks forward to soon taking an Asian holiday with her best friend since childhood, Amina.  The two teenagers have been through much together and of course, know a lot more about each other’s true selves than their parents do. It’s that degree of separation that Stella prides herself in maintaining, seeing as her parents are both so clueless that they buy her a scooter for her birthday when Stella had clearly stated that she wanted spending money for her trip.  There are many things that Adam and Ulrika do not understand about Stella and raising their strong willed daughter has not been an easy ride. Even so, Adam and Ulrika never thought it would be possible that Stella would be accused of a crime such as murder.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>It is a little classist, but the novel itself acknowledges this point by having the character of the father mull over it once or twice. This is not a normal family – this is a wealthy family, who are able to hire a lawyer, therapists for their troubled child etc.   This accused comes from a place of considerable privilege and you get the sense that this is what bewilders the parents in this book the most. The opportunities were there, the stable parental dynamic was there (or was it?) and the focus was placed on a single child.  Yet, their daughter Stella still is caught up in relationships and situations that she is not mature or experienced enough with to extricate herself safely from.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>This is one novel that goes deep into backstory, motivations, character development and the evolution of a family that find themselves caught up in a murder investigation and trial.  The court room scenes are the strongest passages of the book and it is felt that the novel would have been a more immersive read if there has been more time spent on this more clinical deconstruct of a crime, as viewed from outside of the family.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong>A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY</strong> is an elegantly written work that features the voices of three members of the same family – father, mother, adult child – who are all dealing with a crisis the best way that they know how.  Finding out that they do not know everything about each other comes as something of a shock, and it is the slow progress to acceptance of this knowledge that forms the basis of the book.  Three people living in the same house are still individuals, each with their own secret inner life.  </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>If you are a fan of the deceptively slow burn in a novel and appreciate deep diving into the complexity of family dynamics,<strong> A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY</strong> could be the next great crime fiction discovery for you. This is a very layered work and the timelines do cross over here and there, giving you the same event from different perspectives.  Part family drama, part thriller, <strong>A NEARLY NORMAL FAMILY </strong>straddles the balance between the two with confidence, taking the crime reader behind the evolution of a crime and examines the ripple effect of those that struggle to understand how on earth this could have happened to someone they thought they knew well.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><em>M.T. Edvardsson is a writer and teacher from Trelleborg, Sweden.  He is the author of three previous novels and two books for young readers.  Edvardsson lives with his family in Loddekpinge, Sweden.</em></span></span></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-book-source-declaration field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Book Source Declaration</div> <div class="field--item">I received a copy of this book from the publisher or author.</div> </div> <span class="a2a_kit a2a_kit_size_15 addtoany_list" data-a2a-url="https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/nearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson" data-a2a-title="A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson"><a class="a2a_dd addtoany_share" href="https://www.addtoany.com/share#url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.austcrimefiction.org%2Freview%2Fnearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson&amp;title=A%20Nearly%20Normal%20Family%2C%20M.T.%20Edvardsson"></a><a class="a2a_button_facebook"></a><a class="a2a_button_twitter"></a><a class="a2a_button_email"></a></span> </div> </div> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--9"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK DETAILS</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><div data-history-node-id="14685" class="row bs-2col node node--type-books node--view-mode-blogged-books"> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--left"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--7"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BOOK INFORMATION</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-field-book-cover field--type-image field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"> <a href="/book/nearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson" hreflang="en"><img src="/sites/default/files/styles/medium/public/book-covers/a%20nearly%20normal%20family.jpg?itok=o7gBDmdR" width="137" height="220" alt="a nearly normal family" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </a> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-author field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Author</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/author/mt-edvardsson" hreflang="en">M.T. Edvardsson</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-isbn field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">ISBN</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">9781529008135</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-year-of-publication field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Year of Publication</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1699" hreflang="en">2019</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-sm-6 bs-region bs-region--right"> <div class="form-item js-form-item form-wrapper js-form-wrapper panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--8"> <div class="panel-heading"> <div class="panel-title">BLURB</div> </div> <div class="panel-body"> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><strong>Every murder case starts with a suspect.</strong><br /><strong>What if the suspect is your daughter? </strong><br /><strong>Would you believe her, or the evidence against her?</strong></p> <p><strong>The Father</strong><br /> Believes his daughter has been framed.</p> <p><strong>The Mother</strong><br /> Believes she is hiding something.</p> <p><strong>The Daughter</strong><br /> Believes they have no idea what she's truly capable of . . .</p> <p>There are three sides to the story.<br /> And the truth will shatter this family to pieces.</p></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4101" hreflang="en">#2019</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4706" hreflang="en">#drama</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4746" hreflang="en">#eurothriller</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4719" hreflang="en">#thriller</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="js-form-wrapper form-wrapper form-item js-form-item panel panel-default" id="bootstrap-panel--10"> <div class="panel-heading"> <a aria-controls="bootstrap-panel--10--content" aria-expanded="true" aria-pressed="true" data-toggle="collapse" role="button" class="panel-title" href="#bootstrap-panel--10--content">RELATED POSTS</a> </div> <div id="bootstrap-panel--10--content" class="panel-body panel-collapse collapse fade in"> <div class="views-element-container form-group"><div class="view view-eva view-attached-views view-id-attached_views view-display-id-entity_view_2 js-view-dom-id-5e054c2d483cb4d227b9007ad9a241edba68487419045d21420b180c0f760942"> <table class="table cols-0"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="views-field views-field-type">Review </td> <td class="views-field views-field-title"><a href="/review/nearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson" hreflang="en">A Nearly Normal Family, M.T. Edvardsson</a> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-uid"><article typeof="schema:Person" about="/user/92"> <div class="field field--name-field-display-name field--type-string field--label-hidden field--item">Andrea Thompson</div> </article> </td> <td class="views-field views-field-created">Monday, July 22, 2019 </td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=14698&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="oKNBJ0PaXjWZXPkyCRqXDlxpa2SZ4kYXowxxW_muOzI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> <div class="field field--name-field-recommended field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Recommended</div> <div class="field--item">No</div> </div> </div> Mon, 22 Jul 2019 08:06:19 +0000 Andrea Thompson 14698 at https://www.austcrimefiction.org https://www.austcrimefiction.org/review/nearly-normal-family-mt-edvardsson#comments