New Netflix Series Is Leaving Viewers Terrified After Each Episode

The new Netflix series Dear Child is leaving viewers terrified and anxious after watching every episode.
Credit: Netflix

A new Netflix series is leaving viewers terrified after each episode. 

Plenty of gripping dramas and thrillers are dropping on the streaming platform every week.

From Baby Reindeer to The Good Nurse, there’s tons to choose from – but now, the decision may be a little harder once you hear about this particular miniseries.

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The drama, based on the novel of the same name by Romy Hausmann, follows a woman’s escape from captivity and how investigators aim to find out the truth behind the disappearance which took place 13 years prior.

The woman is joined in the hospital by a girl named Hannah who appears to be her daughter – and from then on things just get more and more bizarre.

People have been taking to social media and saying that although it’s not actually a horror, it’s still left them feeling disturbed.

Dear Child (2023).
The gripping drama is based on the novel of the same name. Credit: Netflix

One person writes: “Watching it now, it’s an awesome series, chilling to know this stuff happens on a daily basis. Things are not what they seem in this show.”

Another adds: “Loved it but made me nervous.”

“How utterly disturbing!” comments a third viewer.

While a fourth pens: “Must-watch! It’s a limited serious but boy did it have me on the edge of my seat.”

“Exceptional dark European crime series. Also a breath of fresh air in the sea of cookie-cutter modern content,” somebody else shares. “Relax, enjoy, don’t spend every second trying to figure it out, it is not that kind of material.”

Dear Child (2023).
People are branding it a ‘must-watch’ and ‘disturbing’. Credit: Netflix

The series, which dropped in 2023, was directed by Isabel Kleefeld and Julian Pörksen. It stars Kim Riedle in the main role, supported by Naila Schuberth who plays Hannah.

Co-producer Friederich Oetker tells Netflix: “I found the motif of the inner and outer prison particularly interesting: Even if you manage to escape, you take your inner prison with you.

“You have to free yourself from it.”

In an interview with Netflix’s Die Woche, Pörksen adds: “These are all damaged characters: people who are severely scarred by a crime and deal with it very differently.

“The perpetrator is often the focus of such series and is glorified as a mysterious, dark force. That’s not the case with us. And there is a main character who is extraordinary in every way. A girl who has a special view of the world, a special way of speaking, thinking and experiencing.”

Dear Child (2023).
Dear Child has an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 85%. Credit: Netflix

It’s clear that this message has translated to viewers, as Dear Child has scored an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 85% with viewers.

As one fan puts it: “Incredible and amazingly good drafted psychological thriller show! I had to binge-watch all [the] episodes. Unexpected and powerful.”

Watch the gripping trailer below…

Dear Child is now available to stream on Netflix now.

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.