For many years, Esther Verhoef (b. 1968) has been one of the most widely read thriller writers in the Dutch language. Her thrillers have sold over 1.5 million copies and have been translated into Spanish, French, German, English and Russian. Her work has brought her widespread recognition in the form of the NS Publieksprijs. She is the winner of several leading crime fiction awards. For Dear Mama she won the Gouden Strop 2016.