The Nowhere Child

The Nowhere Child

Christian White / Jul 16, 2019

The Nowhere Child Winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White s internationally bestselling debut thriller of psychological suspense about a woman uncoveri

  • Title: The Nowhere Child
  • Author: Christian White
  • ISBN: 1250293715
  • Page: 100
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White s internationally bestselling debut thriller of psychological suspense about a woman uncovering devastating secrets about her family and her very identity Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia Twenty six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two year old gi Winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White s internationally bestselling debut thriller of psychological suspense about a woman uncovering devastating secrets about her family and her very identity Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia Twenty six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two year old girl vanished from her home in Manson, Kentucky An American accountant who contacts Kim is convinced she was that child, kidnapped just after her birthday She cannot believe the woman who raised her, a loving social worker who died of cancer four years ago, crossed international lines to steal a toddler.On April 3rd, 1990, Jack and Molly Went s daughter Sammy disappeared from the inside their Kentucky home Already estranged since the girl s birth, the couple drifted further apart as time passed Jack did his best to raise and protect his other daughter and son while Molly found solace in her faith The Church of the Light Within, a Pentecostal fundamentalist group who handle poisonous snakes as part of their worship, provided that faith Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.Now, with proof that she and Sammy are in fact the same person, Kim travels to America to reunite with a family she never knew she had And to solve the mystery of her abduction a mystery that will take her deep into the dark heart of religious fanaticism where she must fight for her life against those determined to save her soul Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 384 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Minotaur Books first published June 26th 2018 More Details ISBN 1250293715 ISBN13 9781250293718 Other Editions 2 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Nowhere Child, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Psychological Suspense for 2019 January June 91 books 56 voters Top 20 Books Coming Jan 2019 20 books 3 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Dec 28, 2018 Kaceey Traveling Sister rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves buddy read, netgalley A fabulous debut thriller by Christian White.Kim has been enjoying her relatively normal life in Australia Sitting alone in a coffee shop, a man approaches her He shows her a photograph of his sister Sammy, who went missing over 20 years ago in Kentucky He insists Kim is that sister How would you react if a complete stranger walked up to you out of the blue and tried to convince you that you were their long lost sibling Would you even listen Or run full speed the other way Now she s made th A fabulous debut thriller by Christian White.Kim has been enjoying her relatively normal life in Australia Sitting alone in a coffee shop, a man approaches her He shows her a photograph of his sister Sammy, who went missing over 20 years ago in Kentucky He insists Kim is that sister How would you react if a complete stranger walked up to you out of the blue and tried to convince you that you were their long lost sibling Would you even listen Or run full speed the other way Now she s made the journey back to Kentucky on her own quest for the truth And the prospect of facing her newly found potential birth family She expected some surprising revelations But Kim didn t expect her new sister to immediately call the media and turn the reunion into a circus Or discover that her birth mother belongs to a church that uses snakes in their prayer ceremonies Be prepared, there s a lot of snake talk But is this her real family Or one huge mistake It s always so exciting to find a new author to enjoy A fantastic exciting read from start to finish I will most definitely be watching for of Mr White s books in the future A buddy read with Susanne that left us reminiscing about my own encounter with an uninvited snake on vacation Me Standing on the sofa screaming for my husband Texting furiously to Susanne and Brenda Susanne Brenda doing their best to keep me calm, googling how to remove the snake safely Husband taking a leisurely stroll around the mountain side Unaware of the drama going on inside the cabin Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin s Press and Christian White for an ARC to read in exchange for an honest review flag 115 likesLike see review View all 62 comments Liz This was a really interesting book Amazing series of events but it was believable Can t say too much but I read it very quickly One that makes This was a really interesting book Amazing series of events but it was believable Can t say too much but I read it very quickly One that makes you stay up to finish it to see what the outcome will be 11 hours, 58 min ago Kaceey Traveling Sister Liz wrote This was a really interesting book Amazing series of events but it was believable Can t say too much but I read it very quickly On Liz wrote This was a really interesting book Amazing series of events but it was believable Can t say too much but I read it very quickly One that makes you stay up to finish it to see what the outco Glad you enjoyed this one too Liz 8 hours, 20 min ago Dec 28, 2018 Paromjit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley, thriller Christian White s debut has won the Victorian Premier Literary Award, given that Jane Harper s The Dry had won it previously, it sparked my interest in this book This is a dark and intricately pieced together compelling psychological thriller set in Australia and the USA In 1990 in Manson, Kentucky, Jack and Molly Went s family are devastated when their 2 year old toddler daughter, Sammy, disappears The family limps along with their loss with Molly sustained by her religious faith through the Christian White s debut has won the Victorian Premier Literary Award, given that Jane Harper s The Dry had won it previously, it sparked my interest in this book This is a dark and intricately pieced together compelling psychological thriller set in Australia and the USA In 1990 in Manson, Kentucky, Jack and Molly Went s family are devastated when their 2 year old toddler daughter, Sammy, disappears The family limps along with their loss with Molly sustained by her religious faith through the bizarre Church of the Light Within, a fundamentalist Pentecostal group with some deadly practices that include snakes, but the Wents go on to splinter apart More than twenty years later in Melbourne, Kimberly Leahy is a photographer An American stranger, Stuart, an accountant, imparts some startling news in one of her classes He claims that she is that missing child, Sammy, kidnapped from Kentucky all those years ago.As you can probably imagine this has Kimberly in a total spin, completely shattered,her social worker mother died of cancer four years previously, so she is unable to ask her Her stepfather Dean appears to know something when her sister, Amy drops the bombshell on him DNA evidence confirms that she is Sammy, but how in heaven s name did she end up in Australia Despite her closeness to her family, she has to know what happened as she sets out to revisit the past as she goes to Manson, Kentucky The narrative goes back and forth in time as the past is unpeeled with revelations that include loss, betrayal, identity, a cult, people who cannot be relied on and secrets This is a harrowing story of twists, menace, suspense and tension, and a totally unexpected ending I found this a gripping family drama, well plotted, a tale that is chilling but never less than a engrossing and entertaining debut with a great sense of both locations, despite them being so different Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC flag 108 likesLike see review View all 16 comments Alison Davis Great review Paromjit I ve just raced through this and my heart is still racing Why only four stars may I ask Jan 31, 2019 10 04AM Paromjit Alison wrote Great review Paromjit I ve just raced through this and my heart is still racing Why only four stars may I ask So glad you loved this Alison wrote Great review Paromjit I ve just raced through this and my heart is still racing Why only four stars may I ask So glad you loved this, Alison I loved it too I think perhaps I read a number of amazing books around that time, which is probably why I ended giving it 4 stars Feb 01, 2019 05 00AM Dec 23, 2018 Kylie D rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves aussie author, group read, mystery crime, seasonal challenges What would you do if you find out the life you ve been leading is a lie What would you do if your entire existence as you know it is false This is the situation Melbourne photographer Kim Leamey faces when a stranger turns up one night at a class she is teaching and tells her he thinks she is Sammy Went, a toddler who went missing in small town Kentucky 28 years previously At first Kim brushes it off, but then when delving deeper into the subject she finds her stepfather Dean definitely knows What would you do if you find out the life you ve been leading is a lie What would you do if your entire existence as you know it is false This is the situation Melbourne photographer Kim Leamey faces when a stranger turns up one night at a class she is teaching and tells her he thinks she is Sammy Went, a toddler who went missing in small town Kentucky 28 years previously At first Kim brushes it off, but then when delving deeper into the subject she finds her stepfather Dean definitely knows something he s not telling her So Kim finds herself in Manson, Kentucky, searching for clues as to who she really is and what might have happened to Sammy all those years ago As the story slowly unfolds it seems everyone is hiding something, and in a small minded town like Manson, some of those secrets prove to be explosive.This is a powerful debut novel by Aussie author Christian White The narrative alternates between the present and the past seamlessly, and you quickly find yourself drawn in to the mystery of Sammy There are a few questions that go unanswered, and this brought it down to 4 stars for me, however this is one that will keep you up reading until the small hours Recommended flag 107 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Dec 21, 2018 Susanne Strong rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves buddy read, netgalley 3.25 stars rounded down Kim gets the surprise of her life one day when a man approaches and shows her a picture of a 2 year old girl who went missing 26 years ago The girl s name is Sammy Went and he thinks Kim is that girl Kim has lived her whole life in Melbourne and has always been very close to her family Stuart is from a small town in Manson, Kentucky and he has been searching for Sammy for a long time Everyone else had given up on her but Stuart has had his reasons for searching for 3.25 stars rounded down Kim gets the surprise of her life one day when a man approaches and shows her a picture of a 2 year old girl who went missing 26 years ago The girl s name is Sammy Went and he thinks Kim is that girl Kim has lived her whole life in Melbourne and has always been very close to her family Stuart is from a small town in Manson, Kentucky and he has been searching for Sammy for a long time Everyone else had given up on her but Stuart has had his reasons for searching for Sammy When he finds her, he gets what he thinks is indisputable proof that she is his sister and he convinces Kim to make the trip to his hometown What Kim finds upon meeting the Wents is not what she imagined Some moments are heartwarming, some are heart stopping Told in two timelines the past and the present, The Nowhere Child is a novel that I had to ease into I found parts of the book to be far fetched and unnecessary and parts of it to be engrossing and really well written One however really freaked me out Snakes How about no thank you This was a buddy read with Kaceey So glad we read this one together Thank you to NetGalley, St Martin s Press, Minotaur Books and Christian White for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review Published on and NetGalley on 12.21.18 flag 88 likesLike see review View all 49 comments Nov 27, 2018 Jasmine from How Useful It Is rated it it was amazing Shelves from publisher, thrillers I started reading The Nowhere Child on 11 22 2018 and finished it on 11 28 2018 This thriller is a fantastic read I love how each chapter ends with a bang It s the mini cliffhanger of each chapter that got me reading nonstop I love both past and present point of views I love the police force Ellis is such a down to earth guy and his search for love is sweet This thriller has some moments that cracks me up I love those sayings, The Light Within are tighter than a duck s asshole and some I started reading The Nowhere Child on 11 22 2018 and finished it on 11 28 2018 This thriller is a fantastic read I love how each chapter ends with a bang It s the mini cliffhanger of each chapter that got me reading nonstop I love both past and present point of views I love the police force Ellis is such a down to earth guy and his search for love is sweet This thriller has some moments that cracks me up I love those sayings, The Light Within are tighter than a duck s asshole and some other ones I forgot to keep track and it s now taking forever to find I will add here on my second read of this book This book is told in the first person point of view following Kimberly Kim Leamy, a photography teacher at Northampton Community The story is split between now and then Kim s view is the now This book begins with a stranger, James Finn who comes to Melbourne, Australia from America to inform Kimberly of a kidnapping that occurred nearly 30 years ago The story then switch gears and told in the third person point of view following Jack and Emma, then, beginning before Sammy Went, 2, goes missing Jack is Sammy s dad and Emma, 13 is Sammy s oldest sister Sammy also has a brother, Stu who is 8 Another view is of the city s sheriff Ellis and Travis, a neighbor When the stranger tells Kim that the missing girl is in fact her, she begins to slowly unravel the best kept family secret.The Nowhere Child is very well written and a compelling read Both main characters and supporting characters are excellent The rattlesnakes brought into the story is interesting I love the twists and turns and unexpected storyline Many actions I didn t see coming I like the mention of exorcism because I have heard them on the news before I enjoy the diversity in this book This thriller is a fast paced excellent read and I highly recommend everyone to read it.Pro fast paced, page turner, mystery, mini cliffhangers, family secret, diversity, humorCon noneI rate it 5 stars Disclaimer Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review Please be assured that my opinions are honest.xoxo, Jasmine at howusefulitis.wordpress for details flag 83 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Nov 16, 2018 Holly B rated it really liked it Shelves debut author, read in 2018, enjoyed the setting

    I was excited to read this debut novel by Christian White It was the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award and the premise intrigued me The Dry by Jane Harper won this award in 2016.

    Kimberley Leamy is living her life in Australia when an American named Stuart contacts her with some outrageous allegations He tells her that she is the victim of a kidnapping that took place 26 years ago in Kentucky He tells her she isn t who she thinks she is He claims that she is Sammy Went I can

    I was excited to read this debut novel by Christian White It was the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award and the premise intrigued me The Dry by Jane Harper won this award in 2016.

    Kimberley Leamy is living her life in Australia when an American named Stuart contacts her with some outrageous allegations He tells her that she is the victim of a kidnapping that took place 26 years ago in Kentucky He tells her she isn t who she thinks she is He claims that she is Sammy Went I can t even imagine how upsetting such news would be.I ve seen a few real cases of this type of child abduction where victims have had their real life stolen I was really interested in her character and my curiosity was peaked as the story explored her own investigation of her life.I enjoyed the Then and Now prospectives and learning the backstory to what really happened to Kimberley in the early years The setting of Australia and Kentucky worked well and added an extra layer to the mystery.There are quite a few themes woven into the story that makes it stand out from your usual crime novel The cult aspect was one that I found fascinating There is telling than showing, but the story is compelling.A unique novel with some tension and quite a bit of creepiness flag 82 likesLike see review View all 53 comments Oct 30, 2018 PattyMacDotComma rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves australian author, fiction adult, mystery crime thriller, award win listed, arc netgalley read, calibre, kindle 4.5 You know what I see when I think about the past he said A deep, vast ocean Memories are the fish, I suppose When I m wading in the shallows I can reach in and pull one out if I want to I can hold the memory in my hands But the deeper you go, the darker the water becomes Those fish belong out there, in the deep part They re sharks, Kimmy Sharks and monsters This debut won the Victorian Australia Premier s Award for an unpublished manuscript, and I can certainly see 4.5 You know what I see when I think about the past he said A deep, vast ocean Memories are the fish, I suppose When I m wading in the shallows I can reach in and pull one out if I want to I can hold the memory in my hands But the deeper you go, the darker the water becomes Those fish belong out there, in the deep part They re sharks, Kimmy Sharks and monsters This debut won the Victorian Australia Premier s Award for an unpublished manuscript, and I can certainly see why It s a great read I read a preview copy that still had some typos and glitches, so I can t be certain the quotations I ve chosen made it to the final copy, but I hope so because I liked them.The book blurb explains that Aussie Kim is told by a young American accountant that she is really his long lost sister, Sammy Went, who disappeared from their American family 30 years ago She can t believe it well, would you and she can t imagine her mother doing such a thing Mum died a few years ago, and she is hesitant to raise the question with her still grieving stepdad, Dean But the brother says he has DNA proof So she confides in her half sister, Amy, who is distraught at the idea, because the girls are very close Amy tactlessly drops Sammy Went s name in front of Dean, and he nearly collapses Kim is stunned I froze when I noticed Dean s face, tight and pale He was squeezing the hell out of his napkin, so hard his knuckles had turned white I was hit with a jarring clarity He knows. He had heard the name before Maybe not for a while, maybe not for years, but all that time he had been waiting to hear it again She told him She told him and she didn t tell me That is when Dean compares memories to fish, which I quoted here at the beginning.Kim and Amy are very close and both adore Dean, so Kim feels guilty about leaving them, but there s no way she can let this go unresolved The story follows her to the U.S and chapters alternate between THEN and NOW, which many books seem to do these days I have to say, White has done it better than most I found it very clear and easy to follow I just wanted to find out what happened It is not a simple who dunnit, as there is a relatively complex group of characters in the American story the usual family, neighbours, school friends, of course But then there s a church sect cult called The Light Within to which Sammy Went s mother belonged Their claim to fame is that they walk around barefoot and play with rattlesnakes and copperheads and everything poisonous and I mean play Weird stuff When Sammy first disappeared, one of the young men searching noitices that the flyer being handed out about her has the Copy Hut logo on it Never miss a chance to advertise And while he was being cynical, the idea of handing out photos of Sammy to search volunteers seemed morbidly redundant Was there than one missing child out there He imagined one of the volunteers moving aside a fallen tree branch to find a shivering, scared little girl underneath The volunteer might then hold up the Copy Hut photo of Sammy, compare it to the little girl on the forest floor and call out, False alarm, this one s not her When Kim goes to Sammy s home, she tries to find things that might trigger a memory or two But as the brother explains, there is something called Decay Theory, where when you haven t retrieved a memory for a very long time, the slender thread that you use to pull it to the surface may have decayed She goes into the woods near Sammy s house where the search took place, and it feels foreign She was a child who loved the Australian bush This place wasn t the bush it was the forest Forests were dangerous places from fairytales, where children were abandoned by their parents and captured by witches Of course, the Australian bush has poisonous everything, too, but the rattlers and such in this remind me of Indiana Jones s encounter with snakes than with anything I ve run across and I have in the great Aussie outdoors.I will leave you with that cheery thought A great debut and the first of many books, I hope Thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia Affirm Press for the preview copy from which I ve quoted so quotes may have changed but you ll get the idea of how he writes flag 74 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 25, 2019 Berit rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, 2019 ng, audio review A compelling thriller full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, and snakes what would you do if you found out you weren t who you thought you were your entire life How would you react if you found out you weren t Kim Australian photography teacher, but Sammy Kentuckian kidnap victim This book starts with a BANG and maintains it s intensity until the very end A brilliantly crafted perfectly paced debut BRAVO Christian White Kim is leading a relatively uneventful life in Australia A compelling thriller full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, and snakes what would you do if you found out you weren t who you thought you were your entire life How would you react if you found out you weren t Kim Australian photography teacher, but Sammy Kentuckian kidnap victim This book starts with a BANG and maintains it s intensity until the very end A brilliantly crafted perfectly paced debut BRAVO Christian White Kim is leading a relatively uneventful life in Australia she has a job she enjoys, a sister who loves her, and she is beginning to get it together after losing her mother to cancer then one day a strange American shows up with a picture a picture of a two year old girl who he insists is her a two year old Sammy Who was kidnapped over 20 years ago from a small town in Kentucky, a two year old Sammy who happens to be the sister of the strange American Stew after a DNA test and confronting her stepfather, Kim decides to head to America to meet her birth family and to figure out how in the world she ended up in Australia Kim was expecting some culture shock, but she could not begin to imagine how much culture shock she would be in for.The book seamlessly weaves the past and present storylines together it was truly fascinating watching Kim navigate her way through small town Kentucky, meeting her birth family, including her mother who is a snake handler in the Pentecostal church The past story was equally intriguing learning about the family at the time of Sammy s disappearance, and trying to figure out the how and the who of it all as the layers of both past and present were peeled away the creepier and intricate the deception got and the snakes, oh boy those creepy slithery slimy snakes Yikes There are parts of this book that still give me the heebie jeebies An intense story that will satisfy your psychological thriller craving A trope you may have read before, but with a shiny new unique brilliant twist This is a thriller not to be missed Absolutely recommend The narrator of this audiobook was Katherine Littrell and I have only two words for you AUSTRALIAN ACCENT She did a really good job, even her American male accents were well done and I appreciated the fact that she did not even attempt to do a southern accent, sometimes that accent can be a bit over exaggerated as always the audio narration breathed even life into this already highly entertaining story, a definite must listen song running through my head Australia makes me think of this song and having that Australian accent in my ear throughout this book really made me think of this song Traveling in a fried out combieOn a hippie trail, head full of zombieI met a strange lady, she made me nervousShe took me in and gave me breakfastAnd she saidDo you come from a land down under Where women glow and men plunder Can t you hear, can t you hear the thunder You better run, you better take coverBuying bread from a man in BrusselsHe was six foot four and full of musclesI said, do you speak a my language He just smiled and gave me a vegemite sandwichAnd he saidI come from a land down underWhere beer does flow and men chunderCan t you hear, can t you hear the thunder You better run, you better take cover, yeah Men at Work 1981https m.youtube watch v hfmxO H The other song I was contemplating was Union of the Snake by Duran Duran, I m such an 80s girl A huge thank you to Macmillan Audio Minotaur Books for my copies of this book flag 69 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Vanessa Terrific review I really enjoyed this book Jan 27, 2019 05 41PM Felicia If I had an Australian accent I would never shut up Happy you loved this one as well Great review, Berit Jan 28, 2019 03 44PM Oct 20, 2018 Felicia rated it it was amazing review of another edition There are seven books listed on with the name The Nowhere Child or something very close to it I suspect there are 100 s, if not 1000 s, of other books with the same plot An adult finds out that the parents that raised them are indeed not their parents and their entire life has been based on a lie Been there, done that, right Well, I can assure you that you ve never read it done as well as this debut effort by Christian White.While I read lots of books that grab my attention and I f There are seven books listed on with the name The Nowhere Child or something very close to it I suspect there are 100 s, if not 1000 s, of other books with the same plot An adult finds out that the parents that raised them are indeed not their parents and their entire life has been based on a lie Been there, done that, right Well, I can assure you that you ve never read it done as well as this debut effort by Christian White.While I read lots of books that grab my attention and I find nearly impossible to put down, it is only on extremely rare occasions that a book snatches me up by the shirt collar demanding my attention until the turn of the final page I found myself up until after sunrise completely absorbed in this story, heavy eyes, nodding head and all.The Nowhere Child offers up a varied cast of characters that are so damaged and flawed and, for lack of a better word, human Each given breath by Christian White s incredibly engaging writing style Never once did this story stall, continuously moving with purpose towards what you know will be a tragic truth If I could offer some unsolicited advice to the author and publisher it would be to change the title and the cover of this book I almost passed on it because of these reasons and in doing so I would have missed out on what is sure to be one of my memorable reading experiences this year I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review flag 71 likesLike see review View all 38 comments Elli Kindig Blog Next up on my TBR, now I ve seen you ve given it 5 stars in looking forward to it even Jan 27, 2019 02 52AM Felicia Elli I really hope you enjoy it as much as I did Jan 28, 2019 01 16PM Jun 12, 2018 Brenda rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018 release, aussie authors, psychological thriller, 5000 books, arc, net galley, own read, read on kindle Two year old Sammy Went lived with her mother and father, sister Emma and brother Stuart three days after her second birthday, Sammy vanished Even with the dedicated search which went for weeks the police called from areas surrounding the small town of Manson, Kentucky Sammy was never seen again the case was never solved.Twenty eight years later, in Melbourne, Australia, Kim Leamy was enjoying a break from her classes when a stranger approached her In that instant Kim s life changed and Two year old Sammy Went lived with her mother and father, sister Emma and brother Stuart three days after her second birthday, Sammy vanished Even with the dedicated search which went for weeks the police called from areas surrounding the small town of Manson, Kentucky Sammy was never seen again the case was never solved.Twenty eight years later, in Melbourne, Australia, Kim Leamy was enjoying a break from her classes when a stranger approached her In that instant Kim s life changed and everything she d believed about herself and her family were shattered Questions she asked of her step father couldn t be answered to Kim s satisfaction her mother had passed away four years previously, so Kim couldn t ask her anything So Kim decided on the only thing she could think of she boarded a plane for the United States, and Manson in Kentucky, hoping for answers.But the past was a dark place with many secrets Perhaps it would be better if Kim went back to Australia forgot the last few weeks But she couldn t Kim knew there was something she knew she needed to know to be able to find a measure of peace once again Well wow I didn t see THAT twist coming The Nowhere Child is Aussie author Christian White s debut novel and absolutely ticks all the boxes of a psychological thriller With its chapters alternating between then and now , The Nowhere Child is littered with a cult, evil, innocence and a harrowing loss Well written characters and an intriguing plot make this exceptional read one I highly recommend and I ll be looking out for White s next novel.With thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my digital ARC to read and review flag 53 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Dec 13, 2018 Kendall rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, netgalley approved Wow this was quite the debut The Nowhere Child is an exciting, addicting, and unique psychological thriller Christian White sure knows how to pull his readers in with one heck of a ride The author beautifully intertwines the two stories of past present alternating between the US and Melbourne so delicately but with such a fine crisp of edginess and thrill that will leave you turning those pages The story explores the mysterious disappearance of a two year old little girl Sammy Went Kimberly Wow this was quite the debut The Nowhere Child is an exciting, addicting, and unique psychological thriller Christian White sure knows how to pull his readers in with one heck of a ride The author beautifully intertwines the two stories of past present alternating between the US and Melbourne so delicately but with such a fine crisp of edginess and thrill that will leave you turning those pages The story explores the mysterious disappearance of a two year old little girl Sammy Went Kimberly Leary is a photographer who lives in Melbourne Australia with her family One day Stuart Went shows up in her photography class convinced that Kimberly is his long lost sister Sammy Went that disappeared when she was a toddler Kimberly is clearly caught off guard but agrees to take a DNA test to rule herself out from this possibility But, little does she know that her DNA is a match and Sammy Went and Kimberly Leary are the same person The book literally takes off from there Talk about unreliable characters, a cult, snakes, and creepiness to a tee What could you ask for in a thriller I really enjoyed this one and highly recommend 4 stars for The Nowhere Child Huge thank you to Minotaur St Martin s Press and Netgalley for the arc in exchange for my honest review.Published to GR 12 13 18Publication date 1 22 19 flag 52 likesLike see review View all 17 comments Jaline Terrific review, Kendall Dec 15, 2018 03 08PM Julie Terrific review, Kendall Just got this one from the library Jan 30, 2019 01 58PM Dec 30, 2018 Phrynne rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 5000 books At last I got around to reading this one Everyone has been telling me it is good and they are all right Especially for a debut novel it is very good indeed.The plot line is gripping right from the start It s not every day someone finds out they are not who they think they are I enjoyed most of the characters although a few of them went a little bit over the top especially in the church If the book is ever made into a movie that will be an amazing scene I thought the whole book was well wri At last I got around to reading this one Everyone has been telling me it is good and they are all right Especially for a debut novel it is very good indeed.The plot line is gripping right from the start It s not every day someone finds out they are not who they think they are I enjoyed most of the characters although a few of them went a little bit over the top especially in the church If the book is ever made into a movie that will be an amazing scene I thought the whole book was well written and the alternating chapters between the past and the present worked well There was a convincing twist regarding the guilty party and a realistic ending that means not a fairy tale, everyone lives happily ever after, one However I did not accept that Dean view spoiler would present himself in his home town like that where it was obvious he would be recognised Did I miss something and he actually wanted to get caught hide spoiler Anyway, I loved the book and recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery flag 48 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 17, 2018 Lil Owl rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves aussie author setting, mystery crime suspense thriller, psychological suspense thriller, stand alone, award winning book author, debut novel, owl s books own read A sensational, terrifying psychological thriller A stunning debut He stared at me with a pinched, curious expression I m here because I believe you re connected to all this Connected to the abduction of a two year old girl I laughed Don t tell me you came all the way from the States to accuse me of kidnap You misunderstand, he said This little girl disappeared on April 3rd, 1990 She s been missing for twenty eight years I don t think you kidnapped Sammy Went I think you are A sensational, terrifying psychological thriller A stunning debut He stared at me with a pinched, curious expression I m here because I believe you re connected to all this Connected to the abduction of a two year old girl I laughed Don t tell me you came all the way from the States to accuse me of kidnap You misunderstand, he said This little girl disappeared on April 3rd, 1990 She s been missing for twenty eight years I don t think you kidnapped Sammy Went I think you are Sammy Went The Nowhere Child by Christian White is an exciting, terrifying psychological thriller It caught my attention right from the start and had me quickly turning the pages non stop all the way to the shocking conclusion Following a surprise visit from a man with a seemingly absurd possibility, Kim s world begins to crumble As the pieces of what happened twenty years ago start falling into place, the pace of the thrill kicks into a higher gear and I couldn t read the words on the pages fast enough As the conclusion to the story approaches, the terrifying events had my adrenaline flowing full force Still, despite my shaking hands and shallow breathing, I continued on What happened next left me completely stunned If this is what Christian White turns out in his debut novel, I can t wait to see what he has in store for us next Warning If you have Ophidiophobia, a fear of snakes DO NOT READ THIS BOOK flag 45 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Jul 06, 2018 Amanda Mrs Bs Book Reviews rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 books, book bingo 2018 starsThe Nowhere Child, the debut novel written by new Australian writer Christian White, appeared to be the perfect choice to help me fulfil my book bingo 2018 challenge with the square, a prize winning book In 2017, The Nowhere Child with the working title Decay Theory collected the coveted Victorian Premier s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript This is good news for author Christian White, who has since gained a publishing deal and will starsThe Nowhere Child, the debut novel written by new Australian writer Christian White, appeared to be the perfect choice to help me fulfil my book bingo 2018 challenge with the square, a prize winning book In 2017, The Nowhere Child with the working title Decay Theory collected the coveted Victorian Premier s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript This is good news for author Christian White, who has since gained a publishing deal and will see his book published in 15 other countries It is what every new author dreams of and I can see why success has come to Christian White, his first novel is pretty amazing Who took Sammy Went is the addictive tagline of The Nowhere Child The Nowhere Child introduces the character of Kim Leamy, an ordinary woman from Melbourne, who spends her time teaching photography classes One day Kim s world is rocked by the revelation of a stranger who comes into her life This stranger has come all the way to Melbourne, from Kentucky in the US He is convinced that Kim is actually Sammy Went, a little girl who was tragically taken from her home based in Manson, Kentucky, over twenty eight years ago and has not been seen since The concept seems utterly unfathomable to Kim to begin with, then, as Kim starts to delve into her own family history in Australia, cracks begin to show Kim feels compelled to seek the truth to her background and decides to make the trek to the other side of the world, to Kentucky In the small town of Manson, Kim begins to excavate Sammy s dark past and in the process, some very surprising secrets are revealed Christian White s addictive first novel ties together a complex family drama with religion, old wounds, collusion and recollection.Christian White proves that yes he is new on the writer s block, but he should not be overlooked I do anticipate great things ahead for this fresh new talent The Nowhere Child is an original novel that takes a standard kidnapping story somewhere else This book quite literally blew me away Unexpected is the best singular word I can use to describe this compelling new title.What initially presents itself as kidnapping crime mystery novel morphs into something much, much I was absorbed in Kim come Sammy s journey from the very start of this novel, until the closing moments White has the skills to draw you into his novel and I enjoyed the wild ride I liked the structure of The Nowhere Child, it alternates between the present day and almost thirty years ago It is a clever way to draw readers in It also worked well to heighten the creepy mystery element of the book.White is skilled in recreating his two different settings for his readership In The Nowhere Child, we are presented with two vastly different locales in which the action of the novel is based White takes his time to illuminate present day Melbourne, along with an assured setting description of Manson, Kentucky Both these locations seem to bounce off each other in just the right way, so what remains is a highly evocative composition of place I felt like I was situated in the here and now at many points of this book with Kim Sammy, as well as the other characters of this novel.The character study of Kim Sammy was everything I would expect and from a book of this nature The book is centrally about Kim and her journey to discover her roots and that s what we get, all wrapped up in a finely tuned package Although I am slightly older than Kim, I could still place myself in her predicament and consider how I would personally respond to being placed in her situation It was heartbreaking, perplexing and scary White taps into our human fears and our gut instincts with this line of his novel The periphery characters are well rendered in The Nowhere Child and there is a sense that each has a vital role to play in the overall proceedings of the novel There were a few times in the past storyline where I was confused by who was who and what part they had to play in Sammy s disappearance This is a minor glitch only and may be about my concentration level at the time of reading this novel.Now a short discussion onto the very different direction White took with this novel The Nowhere Child represents a kidnapping tale and it is about Kim retracing her steps to uncover the clues to help her understand her past But there is a significant direction shift in The Nowhere Child and it involves cults and organised religions I have read a book earlier this year, another thriller based on kidnapping, that explored the role of religious organisations in the abduction of a young girl White handled this aspect with a completely different angle, he includes some very enlightening information on a particular religious order that uses snakes as part of their practices It was utterly terrifying, so if you have a fear of snakes in any form, be warned However, I will say that White performs well in this aspect of his novel, it comes across as well researched and completely plausible.When we reach the end of the line with Kim Sammy, it is hard not to reflect on what a hard road travelled this journey has been It is a fraught path, filled with moments of confusion, earth shattering revelations, despair, betrayal and eventual semblance The Nowhere Child was a quick read two sittings which I encourage crime thriller enthusiasts to put to the top of their readings lists flag 43 likesLike see review View all 10 comments May 05, 2018 Vanessa rated it it was amazing review of another edition 4.5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this story, much than I thought I would The alternating of the past and present stories set in both Melbourne and the US were equally as engaging and the way the author threaded them together was quite amazing The ending was well executed and I was literally taken by surprise The author did a great job of moving the story forward at a decent pace to keep you wanting I almost forgot the author was male as he did get his female characters down pat To 4.5 stars I thoroughly enjoyed this story, much than I thought I would The alternating of the past and present stories set in both Melbourne and the US were equally as engaging and the way the author threaded them together was quite amazing The ending was well executed and I was literally taken by surprise The author did a great job of moving the story forward at a decent pace to keep you wanting I almost forgot the author was male as he did get his female characters down pat To find out this book is Christian White s debut is impressive and he will definitely be a name to look out for in future.Thanks to NetGalley and Hatchette Australia for my review copy flag 42 likesLike see review View all 13 comments Dec 10, 2018 Carolyn rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2018, australian author, mystery, debut This is an excellent debut novel by Christian White He has managed to take the tale of a missing, abducted child and put a new spin on it.Thirty year old Kim Leamy is living in Melbourne, teaching photography when she is approached by an American man who tells her he thinks she is Sammy Went, abducted as a two year old child twenty eight years ago from a small town in Kentucky At first she brushes him off, but he later comes back with evidence that makes her start questioning her own origins a This is an excellent debut novel by Christian White He has managed to take the tale of a missing, abducted child and put a new spin on it.Thirty year old Kim Leamy is living in Melbourne, teaching photography when she is approached by an American man who tells her he thinks she is Sammy Went, abducted as a two year old child twenty eight years ago from a small town in Kentucky At first she brushes him off, but he later comes back with evidence that makes her start questioning her own origins and drives her to Kentucky to find out the truth What she finds are some dysfunctional families and a pentecostal cult that worships with snakes.Told in two streams, Then and Now, the days following Sammy s disappearance and Kim s current investigation lead her to discover what happened to Sammy in a twist I didn t see coming Christian White serves up a dark and menacing background to this story of a missing child and the final chapters are tense and very scary view spoiler particularly, if like me, you have a pathological fear of snakes hide spoiler flag 40 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 31, 2018 Esil rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley 3.75The Nowhere Child is a very clever psychological thriller Kim is in her late 20s and lives in Australia One day, a man shows up and tells her he thinks she went missing as a child in Kentucky, USA, in 1990 The story unfolds in two plot lines one focusing on Kim as an adult trying to figure out whether this is true and what happened and the other going back to the early 1990s at the time of the abduction It s a dark story with quite a few interesting twists and turns Some of the chara 3.75The Nowhere Child is a very clever psychological thriller Kim is in her late 20s and lives in Australia One day, a man shows up and tells her he thinks she went missing as a child in Kentucky, USA, in 1990 The story unfolds in two plot lines one focusing on Kim as an adult trying to figure out whether this is true and what happened and the other going back to the early 1990s at the time of the abduction It s a dark story with quite a few interesting twists and turns Some of the characters and their interactions were especially strong While also takes on some real contemporary issues that I won t mention for fear of giving away some spoilers The only reason it wasn t quite a 4 star read for me was that there were a few too many sharp turns at the end that left me shaking my head But, still, it kept me reading and I will definitely look for White s next book One warning is warranted you may want to stay away from this one if you re squeamish about snakesThanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an opportunity to read an advance copy flag 37 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jan 27, 2019 Pauline rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley The Nowhere Child by Christian White is a thriller with quite a few twists and turns.Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger in a coffee shop in Australia He tells her that he thinks that she is Sammy Went a child who disappeared from her home in Kentucky over twenty years ago when she was two years old.Kim then starts to look into this to see if there could be any truth in the story.This book was told in two timelines, one chapter in the past, the next chapter in the present I m not a fan of th The Nowhere Child by Christian White is a thriller with quite a few twists and turns.Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger in a coffee shop in Australia He tells her that he thinks that she is Sammy Went a child who disappeared from her home in Kentucky over twenty years ago when she was two years old.Kim then starts to look into this to see if there could be any truth in the story.This book was told in two timelines, one chapter in the past, the next chapter in the present I m not a fan of this type of story and it did impact on my enjoyment of the book Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins UK for my e copy in exchange for an honest review flag 32 likesLike see review Miriam Smith Nice review Pauline Jan 28, 2019 03 43AM Selena Great review Pauline Glad you enjoyed this one Jan 29, 2019 08 02PM Apr 27, 2018 Charlotte Annelise rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2018 read, thriller mystery 2.5 starsI was initially interested in reading The Nowhere Child because it won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award It has a great premise that immediately made me want to know The concept of someone coming to you saying that you could be a missing child from another country is very creepy yet interesting The main character is Kim, the woman who has been told that she is really Sammy Went I found her character to be sympathetic however, the other characters that are introduced beco 2.5 starsI was initially interested in reading The Nowhere Child because it won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award It has a great premise that immediately made me want to know The concept of someone coming to you saying that you could be a missing child from another country is very creepy yet interesting The main character is Kim, the woman who has been told that she is really Sammy Went I found her character to be sympathetic however, the other characters that are introduced become a bit interesting Although this is the case, I preferred reading the novel from Kim s perspective There were a lot of characters in the parts set in the past, which, at times, made it difficult to read Kim was fleshed out well and I connected with her internal struggles about her family because they really made sense This novel is set in both Australia and the United States This was really cool and I enjoyed reading from both locations I could easily get a sense that each place had diverse cultures, making it obvious about where we were reading The two different countries is a great strength that the novel has because it makes the fact that Kim was from a diverse place Australia mysterious The characters treat her like what she is, a foreigner, and this shows how out of touch she is about life in Manson Another aspect of the book that I thought was fascinating was the cult that is present in the small town of Manson It provided an unsettling quality to the book, as I am sure that everyone is creeped out by cults The cult in Manson involves snakes, and it is something that the Went family have different opinions on Something weak about the novel was its writing It didn t pull me in, even though the premise was really great I also felt like the plot twist was both unsurprising and unrealistic I guessed it halfway through It wasn t overly shocking and there were plenty of hints that gave it away There was also one aspect of the big reveal that I couldn t really wrap my head around, but I guess it is possible The readers also never quite question whether Kim is Sammy or not we basically find out straight away The Nowhere Child has a unique premise, but the story is let down by its underwhelming plot twist I would still recommend it to those who like a good mystery that include two cool settings Thank you to Affirm Press for the advanced reader copy that I received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. flag 32 likesLike see review Oct 24, 2018 Christine rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley WINNER EXCELLENT 5 stars The Nowhere Child was different from any other psychological thriller I have read in a wonderful way, I ate up every bit I loved all the little clues dropped that kept me guessing and reassessing I would highly reccomend The Nowhere Child and will be on the look out for anything by Christian White Thank you Netgalley and St Martin s Press for allowing me to read this superb book in exchange for my honest review flag 29 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2018 Selena rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley giveaway I received an advanced ARC copy of The Nowhere Child by Christian White for my honest review This is the first novel by Christian White, an Australian author In 1990, two year old Sammy Went is abducted in the middle of the day, from her home in Manson, Kentucky No trace of her was ever found Now, twenty eight years later, photography teacher, Kimberly Leamy is approached by a man who shows her a photograph of Sammy Went The photo shows that Sammy resembles Kim when she was two years old H I received an advanced ARC copy of The Nowhere Child by Christian White for my honest review This is the first novel by Christian White, an Australian author In 1990, two year old Sammy Went is abducted in the middle of the day, from her home in Manson, Kentucky No trace of her was ever found Now, twenty eight years later, photography teacher, Kimberly Leamy is approached by a man who shows her a photograph of Sammy Went The photo shows that Sammy resembles Kim when she was two years old He thinks that Kim is Sammy Went.Kim doesn t believe any of it She can t believe that her mother, Carol Leamy, who is now deceased could ever have kidnapped a child As time passes the idea an picture bother Kim so she asks her stop dad Kim is suddenly driving to Kentucky, where it all happened, to find out things for herself A tragic event, stories not told, secrets to be found A wonderful debut novel with lots of twist and turns flag 27 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 23, 2018 Dennis rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 pub, 2018 read, arc publisher, crime fiction, mystery, religious faith based drama, suspense, thriller, family drama The Nowhere Child is going to be the sleeper hit of 2019, I m calling it now I really didn t expect Christian White s debut novel to really knock it out of the park, but it did just that, and Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia Her sister Amy and her are very close, but after their mother died, Kimberly started putting a distance between her and her stepdad One day, Stuart Went arrives to her photography class, convinced that she is Sammy Went his little si The Nowhere Child is going to be the sleeper hit of 2019, I m calling it now I really didn t expect Christian White s debut novel to really knock it out of the park, but it did just that, and Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia Her sister Amy and her are very close, but after their mother died, Kimberly started putting a distance between her and her stepdad One day, Stuart Went arrives to her photography class, convinced that she is Sammy Went his little sister that disappeared when she was just a toddler Sammy Went was taken from her parents in rural Kentucky, in a small town called Manson the cult vibes from the town alone are not lost on me, folks After taking a DNA sample, it is confirmed that Kimberly Leamy and Sammy Went are the same person Kim decides to find out about her biological family and decides to take a trip to the United States and meet them When Kim arrives to her hometown, she sees that the town is overrun by this fundamentalist group called The Church of the Light Within The deadly practices by this religious cult have stolen the lives of the townsfolk of Manson, and even some of Kim s own biological family members Did someone kidnap her to save her from this life of a suffering Kim has no idea why she was taken by her now deceased mother, but she is starting to see a toxic relationship this town has with the church When Kim returns back home, she quickly finds out that not everybody is excited to see her back.I did not expect to enjoy The Nowhere Child as much as I did In this debut, we get a strong family drama, and much We get a backstory of a cult that is so devious, I really had to question my faith at times The only reason why I did not bump this story to five full stars, is because there s a secondary storyline that is told AND I WANTED MORE I won t spoil that storyline, but when you read the book, you ll know exactly what I m talking about Ugh, I want I devoured The Nowhere Child in one sitting this Thanksgiving holiday, and I m so glad I picked it up when I did, because it was amazing Spectacular writing, and crafty storytelling, Christian White will be the author we will be talking about in 2019 Thank you Minotaur Books for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review If you ve read The Nowhere Child , let s chat This book is perfect for a book club, or a group of buddy readers, but sadly I read this by myself I really want to know what you thought about it flag 25 likesLike see review View all 10 comments Jul 25, 2018 Michael rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves best of 2018, five star books, ozzie gems Her name is Sammy Went This photo was taken on her second birthday Three days later she was gone Kidnapping and abductions of children happen than we would like to think about But while crimes such as murder are dime a dozen in fiction, after reading this gripping and taut family thriller I can only wonder why we don t have books with child disappearances as it s main theme.Kim Leary has a content life working as a photography teacher in Melbourne and with a loving family, everyth Her name is Sammy Went This photo was taken on her second birthday Three days later she was gone Kidnapping and abductions of children happen than we would like to think about But while crimes such as murder are dime a dozen in fiction, after reading this gripping and taut family thriller I can only wonder why we don t have books with child disappearances as it s main theme.Kim Leary has a content life working as a photography teacher in Melbourne and with a loving family, everything seems well But when she is approached by an American man during a break in class she will have the wind completely knocked out of her when he tells her about a two year old child who went missing in Manson, Kentucky, twenty eight years ago The man is convinced Kim is, in fact, the child Sally Went, and after another meeting identifies himself as her older brother Stuart.This rocks Kim to her core as after confronting her disbelieving younger sister Amy and her father Dean, who with his wife now passed does not deny her abduction but doesn t say by who and why This is not good enough for Kim as she makes the conscious decision to go to America for answers What she will discover is a family at breaking point thanks to her mother Molly s attending the Church of the Light Within that is controversial with its use of Rattle Snakes and rituals it performs to the rid the devil from children Manson is a small town dominated by suspicion and mistrust and Kim s family will be caught in the middle of religious faith and those that fight against it.Often while reading I thought to myself if this was me in that situation what would I do Would I want to go all in trying to find the truth knowing full well I will never be the same person again, or will I choose to ignore, not wanting to rock the boat of my life the way it is Kim s reactions to what is a complicated and tragic set of events are believable for what they are even if I am not sure I would come to the same conclusions she did Overall it is not hard to see why this debut novel was the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award for Best Unpublished Manuscript Not only is it intriguing with its storyline, but one that comes with a great twist at the end and is well worth reading for anyone after a thriller with a difference flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Nov 13, 2018 Bianca rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves audiobook, aussie author, aussie author challenge 2018, multiple povs, male author, supense thriller mystery, 2018 The Nowhere Child was a gripping read about an American child, kidnapped when she was two years old She somehow made it to Australia How is that possible This novel was pretty well executed, it kept my attention throughout, especially after I got used to the narrator s Southern drawl This novel had some twists I didn t see coming I dig that The characters are well fleshed out and credible I liked the juxtaposition of the secular, urban Australian way of life to the religious, US small to The Nowhere Child was a gripping read about an American child, kidnapped when she was two years old She somehow made it to Australia How is that possible This novel was pretty well executed, it kept my attention throughout, especially after I got used to the narrator s Southern drawl This novel had some twists I didn t see coming I dig that The characters are well fleshed out and credible I liked the juxtaposition of the secular, urban Australian way of life to the religious, US small town in the Bible belt Guess which one came out as the better one White s exploration of that old nurture vs nature debate was well done.In conclusion, this was very good, I enjoyed the hours spent trying to find out who took Sammy and why This goes towards my Aussie Author Challenge on bookloverbookreviews flag 20 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Jan 08, 2019 Jessica rated it it was amazing 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for Kim Leamy is a photography teacher living in Australia One day she is approached by a man named Stuart who tells her about a two year old child who disappeared twenty six years earlier from Manson, Kentucky named Sammy Went A little girl who was his sister A little girl who he believes is Kim Leamy Kim can t believe what she is hearing from Stuart There s no way her mother kidnapped her and crossed International lines just to call a toddler her own.W 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5 for Kim Leamy is a photography teacher living in Australia One day she is approached by a man named Stuart who tells her about a two year old child who disappeared twenty six years earlier from Manson, Kentucky named Sammy Went A little girl who was his sister A little girl who he believes is Kim Leamy Kim can t believe what she is hearing from Stuart There s no way her mother kidnapped her and crossed International lines just to call a toddler her own.When Stuart supplies Kim with proof that their DNA shows a biological match she can no longer deny that she is in fact Sammy Went In an attempt to understand what happened almost thirty years ago, Kim travels to America to reunite with the family she never knew was related to her Kim is also determined to find out what happened to her so many years ago and what lead to her mother kidnapping her With a hefty dose of religious fanaticism and a town full of secrets, this is a child abduction story you won t solve before the big reveal Christian White has already won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award for THE NOWHERE CHILD and it s easy to see why so many people have given this book praise In White s debut thriller he explores the disappearance of Sammy Went side by side with Kim Leamy attempting to come to terms with being that missing child and discovering what happened so many years ago The parallel timelines of then and now weave together in a harmony that has the truth of the past being revealed at the same time as Kim is discovering her own answers I love when authors master this parallel timeline structure because it gives the reader an opportunity to experience first hand what happened in the past, along with how those actions impact the present day.White s writing style is one that instantly drew me into the story He certainly doesn t hold back with several revelations about the Went family early on in the book These revelations create a depth to the family, as well as the past, which for me I found captivating I think it s safe to say I adored the glimpses into the past My love for the past timeline in no way took away from my desire to follow Kim s journey into her disappearance in the present I was invested with her discovery, but leaned towards the drama in the past It could also be that I m greatly intrigued by religious fanaticism that borders on cult like behavior, which there is plenty of in the past timeline I m thrilled that Minotaur Books has brought this book to a US audience, as I think it is one that will be greatly received I had not had the pleasure of hearing about this book prior to learning of this release, but it is certainly one I think deserves a flurry of hype If you re looking for a story that is largely thriller, but also serves up a side of religious fanaticism and family drama, than THE NOWHERE CHILD needs to be on your TBR Thank you to Minotaur Books for sending me a free copy of THE NOWHERE CHILD as part of their blogger program in exchange for my honest review flag 18 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Dec 03, 2018 Marianne rated it it was amazing review of another edition The Nowhere Child is the first novel by award winning Australian author, Christian White In early 1990, two year old Sammy Went is abducted from her home in Manson, Kentucky, in broad daylight Despite extensive searches and a thorough investigation, no trace of her was ever found Twenty eight years later, Melbourne photography teacher, Kimberly Leamy is approached by an American man who shows her a photograph of Sammy Went The photo shows that Sammy bears a striking resemblance to two year The Nowhere Child is the first novel by award winning Australian author, Christian White In early 1990, two year old Sammy Went is abducted from her home in Manson, Kentucky, in broad daylight Despite extensive searches and a thorough investigation, no trace of her was ever found Twenty eight years later, Melbourne photography teacher, Kimberly Leamy is approached by an American man who shows her a photograph of Sammy Went The photo shows that Sammy bears a striking resemblance to two year old Kim He claims to believe that Kim is Sammy Went.Naturally, Kim dismisses the idea no way her now deceased mother, Carol Leamy could ever have kidnapped a child But the idea persists in her head the American shows her proof, and when Kim confronts her step father, the expected denial does not come It s enough to spur Kim into travelling to Kentucky, back to the town where it all happened.As a tragic event often will, Sammy s kidnapping fractured the already strained Went family irreparably The town of Manson, too, felt the upheaval that such an event can cause When Kim arrives there, her presence, and the possibility that she really is the long lost Sammy Went, once again spreads unrest amongst certain members of the community several had dark secrets and not everyone told all they knew back then White s initial premise is a fascinating one to imagine that you are not who you have always believed yourself to be, what emotions must that stir up For those you have, all your life, considered family, and for those who believe you form part of their family, what a disruption of everything they know Then, to make things even interesting, White throws in a gay father and a mother deeply ensconced in a fundamentalist church Plenty of twists and quite a few red herrings will keep the reader guessing right up to a very dramatic climax A very impressive debut novel flag 18 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 18, 2018 Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves arc, from the publisher, mystery, fiction, paperback, 2019 publication, read in 2018 The Nowhere Child surprised me by being such a cleverly written, engrossing read, one that I read in less than a day because I could not put it down But I guess it really shouldn t have come as a surprise at how good it is since Christian White s debut thriller is the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award obviously, he s done something right here What would you do if a strange man suddenly told you that you were most likely a little girl who was kidnapped at age 2 from a small Kentu The Nowhere Child surprised me by being such a cleverly written, engrossing read, one that I read in less than a day because I could not put it down But I guess it really shouldn t have come as a surprise at how good it is since Christian White s debut thriller is the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award obviously, he s done something right here What would you do if a strange man suddenly told you that you were most likely a little girl who was kidnapped at age 2 from a small Kentucky town I know that I d probably be shocked at first then very reluctant to listen to anything he said just like 30 year old photographer Kimberly Leamy is when she s approached by an American man who has pictures of the little girl and alleges that she s Sammy Went, the missing girl.Yet, Stuart, the man who found her, comes back with positive DNA evidence proving Kim is Sammyhis sister who he s been searching for decades The news deeply shocks Kim, whose mom Carol died recently so she can t even question her about the whys and hows of the kidnapping although her step dad Dean confirms enough of what Stuart has told her to wipe away any doubts she might have had that this is all a mistake leaving her feeling betrayed and confused So Kim decides to fly to Kentucky with Stuart to see if she can uncover the truth behind the secrets of her abduction, secrets that many are still desperate to keep hidden, thus putting herself in tremendous danger Kim has no idea what she s in store for when she returns because not everyone, even her own family, is happy to see that she s been found Through alternating chapters that reveal the story of Sammy s abduction in both the past and in the present, we re also told the story of Sammy s family, parents Jack and Molly, sister Emma, and brother Stuart at the time that she s kidnapped Learning as much as we do about the family and the multiple other plot threads surrounding them is a compelling read that leaves you constantly guessing who took Sammy In the town of Manson, The Church of the Light Within, a Pentecostal fundamentalist religious group, or in this case a cult, has a tremendous hold over Molly Went and much of the town while Jack has moved away from the church and its strict, too literal interpretation of Scripture to the point where snake handling, talking in tongues, and exorcisms are all accepted norms of the religion It makes you wonder when you re reading what part they might have played in little Sammy s disappearance Just on an off note, I want to say that growing up in the mountains of East Tennesse, there were quite a few Pentecostal churches around and although I never attended one, I knew a few people who did One especially was an old friend of my grandmother s, and she would talk about snake handling and talking in tongues like it was just the greatest thing ever I know my grandmother made my mom go visit that church with her when she was a teenager and my mom never got over being terrified of snakes I can t blame heranywayI found my personal knowledge and connection to actual Pentecostal congregations and their practice of snake handling made this book dramatic The Nowhere Child is a wildly suspenseful and thrilling family drama that is shrewdly plotted, has a fabulous cast of characters I rooted for Kim 100% and wanted the evil villains to die a death by snake bite, well not all of them since some bad guys are likable depending on their crimes, and is extremely well written I know that I ll be reading what White reads next, and I highly recommend this one if you like your family drama dark, creepy, with just the right amount of suspense Thank you Minotaur Books for an ARC copy to read in exchange for a fair and honest review flag 21 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 20, 2019 Lou rated it really liked it review of another edition The Nowhere Child is Australian writer Christian White s award winning and superbly constructed debut thriller I m certainly not surprised that it s become a number one international bestseller This novel, as spectacular as it is, exemplifies the beauty of a slow burner with a compelling plot, a dual setting and wonderful characterisation, and it reminds me very much of Jane Harper s The Dry This is a dark, intense and somewhat chilling psychological thriller and explores a number of differen The Nowhere Child is Australian writer Christian White s award winning and superbly constructed debut thriller I m certainly not surprised that it s become a number one international bestseller This novel, as spectacular as it is, exemplifies the beauty of a slow burner with a compelling plot, a dual setting and wonderful characterisation, and it reminds me very much of Jane Harper s The Dry This is a dark, intense and somewhat chilling psychological thriller and explores a number of different themes love, loss, self identity, secretive and duplicitous behaviour, deceit, cult activity and earth shattering, bombshell revelations Each of these combines to create both an emotional and suspense filled story Slowly over the last 25% of the book, the pace increases and the tension is ratcheted up until it s palpable.The author masterfully avoids the clich s of the genre, and everything gels together to create an absorbing family drama based over two different time frames and two different continents, namely then and now, Australia and America respectively The ending was also truly unexpected There appears to be no intimation that I can see which confirms this is the first in a series, but I sure hope it is Either way, I look forward to reading from Mr White in the future.Many thanks to HarperCollins for an ARC flag 17 likesLike see review Sep 29, 2018 Karen rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley Imagine being in your late 20s, having grown up in Melbourne Australia, to be approached by a total stranger and told that you are actually Sammy Went A girl who disappeared from her home in Kentucky in the US when she was just 2 years old.This is what happens to Kim and it is quite the way to start a book We follow Kim as she approaches her family to try and get answers, and then ends up flying to Kentucky to see if there is any truth to this And if so Then what does that mean Her parents Imagine being in your late 20s, having grown up in Melbourne Australia, to be approached by a total stranger and told that you are actually Sammy Went A girl who disappeared from her home in Kentucky in the US when she was just 2 years old.This is what happens to Kim and it is quite the way to start a book We follow Kim as she approaches her family to try and get answers, and then ends up flying to Kentucky to see if there is any truth to this And if so Then what does that mean Her parents abducted her This is a fast paced suspense novel, and it was hard to stop reading There was no unnecessary drawing out of a storyline, or red herrings, but I was still left guessing until the end as to what really happened to Sammy Went There are a few conveniences taken by the author in giving us that final explanation, but I had such a great time I really didn t mind.Fabulous debut novel and I look forward to reading from Christian White.Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with an advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Sep 02, 2018 Bridget rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves my bookshelves I m so enjoying Australian fiction at the moment, my list of books seem to be littered with the Aussies this year I liked this one too It is such a cool concept, you open your door one day and discover that you were kidnapped as a child and that you have a whole family who have been grieving your loss for many years, 28 years Kim is a great character, I loved the way she thinks as she unravels the past I loved the way she deals with all the new people in her life all of whom are invested in I m so enjoying Australian fiction at the moment, my list of books seem to be littered with the Aussies this year I liked this one too It is such a cool concept, you open your door one day and discover that you were kidnapped as a child and that you have a whole family who have been grieving your loss for many years, 28 years Kim is a great character, I loved the way she thinks as she unravels the past I loved the way she deals with all the new people in her life all of whom are invested in her because of what happened to her when she was a 2 year old named Sammy Went who just disappeared one afternoon This book is a story of tragedy and lies, so many people were damaged in the fallout of Sammy going missing Lives were lost and an entire small town was caught up in the search for her But on the other side of the globe Sammy was called Kim and was having a lovely childhood The book is the story of the investigation of how this came to pass and the story of those involved It is such an accessible book, a fast paced and interesting book I read most of it on a couple of flights where it was the perfect companion The ending however kept me up reading until 1.30am I needed to get it finished, it was exciting, exhilarating and I just could not put it down It is a really good mystery and I liked it enormously flag 16 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity Aussie Readers December 2018 Final Thoughts spoilers allowed The Nowhere Child 15 30 Dec 30, 2018 10 40PM Aussie Readers December 2018 First Thoughts no 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        Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript He co created the television series Carnivores, currently in development with Matchbox Pictures and Heyday TV, and co wrote Relic, a psychological horror feature film to be produced by Carver Films The Snowtown Murders, Partisan.B Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript He co created the television series Carnivores, currently in development with Matchbox Pictures and Heyday TV, and co wrote Relic, a psychological horror feature film to be produced by Carver Films The Snowtown Murders, Partisan.Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Christian had an eclectic range of day jobs before he was able to write full time, including food cart driver on a golf course and video editor for an adult film company He now spends his days writing from his home in Melbourne where he lives with his wife, the filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy He has a passion for true crime podcasts, Stephen King and anything to do with Bigfoot The Nowhere Child is his first book Christian s currently working on his second novel, due for publication by Affirm Press in 2019


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    1. A fabulous debut thriller by Christian White.Kim has been enjoying her relatively normal life in Australia Sitting alone in a coffee shop, a man approaches her He shows her a photograph of his sister Sammy, who went missing over 20 years ago in Kentucky He insists Kim is that sister How would you react if a complete stranger walked up to you out of the blue and tried to convince you that you were their long lost sibling Would you even listen Or run full speed the other way Now she s made th A fa [...]


    2. Christian White s debut has won the Victorian Premier Literary Award, given that Jane Harper s The Dry had won it previously, it sparked my interest in this book This is a dark and intricately pieced together compelling psychological thriller set in Australia and the USA In 1990 in Manson, Kentucky, Jack and Molly Went s family are devastated when their 2 year old toddler daughter, Sammy, disappears The family limps along with their loss with Molly sustained by her religious faith through the Ch [...]


    3. What would you do if you find out the life you ve been leading is a lie What would you do if your entire existence as you know it is false This is the situation Melbourne photographer Kim Leamey faces when a stranger turns up one night at a class she is teaching and tells her he thinks she is Sammy Went, a toddler who went missing in small town Kentucky 28 years previously At first Kim brushes it off, but then when delving deeper into the subject she finds her stepfather Dean definitely knows Wh [...]


    4. 3.25 stars rounded down Kim gets the surprise of her life one day when a man approaches and shows her a picture of a 2 year old girl who went missing 26 years ago The girl s name is Sammy Went and he thinks Kim is that girl Kim has lived her whole life in Melbourne and has always been very close to her family Stuart is from a small town in Manson, Kentucky and he has been searching for Sammy for a long time Everyone else had given up on her but Stuart has had his reasons for searching for 3.25 s [...]


    5. I started reading The Nowhere Child on 11 22 2018 and finished it on 11 28 2018 This thriller is a fantastic read I love how each chapter ends with a bang It s the mini cliffhanger of each chapter that got me reading nonstop I love both past and present point of views I love the police force Ellis is such a down to earth guy and his search for love is sweet This thriller has some moments that cracks me up I love those sayings, The Light Within are tighter than a duck s asshole and some I started [...]


    6. I was excited to read this debut novel by Christian White It was the winner of the Victorian Premier s Literary Award and the premise intrigued me The Dry by Jane Harper won this award in 2016.

      Kimberley Leamy is living her life in Australia when an American named Stuart contacts her with some outrageous allegations He tells her that she is the victim of a kidnapping that took place 26 years ago in Kentucky He tells her she isn t who she thinks she is He claims that she is Sammy Went I can [...]


    7. 4.5 You know what I see when I think about the past he said A deep, vast ocean Memories are the fish, I suppose When I m wading in the shallows I can reach in and pull one out if I want to I can hold the memory in my hands But the deeper you go, the darker the water becomes Those fish belong out there, in the deep part They re sharks, Kimmy Sharks and monsters This debut won the Victorian Australia Premier s Award for an unpublished manuscript, and I can certainly see 4.5 Y [...]


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