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'I picked up The Nowhere Child expecting to sample a few chapters, just to get a feel for the book. I ended up reading the book in two sittings. To say I was gripped would be an understatement. Highly recommended.' – John Purcell, Booktopia.
‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’
On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl.
At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards an electrifying climax.
Inspired by Gillian Flynn’s frenetic suspense and Stephen King’s masterful world-building, The Nowhere Child is a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. It is the remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent.
‘The Nowhere Child is a page-turning labyrinth of twists and turns that moves seamlessly between the past and the present, revealing the story in parts and successfully keeping the reader guessing until the final unexpected reveal ... It’s an exhilarating ride and a thrilling debut.’ – Books + Publishing magazine
‘White skilfully builds an uncertain, noxious world of dysfunctional families and small-town secrets – The Nowhere Child is a gripping debut from an exceptional new talent.’ – Mark Brandi
‘This gripping read takes you to the very edge of reality.’ – Jane Caro
About the Author
Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child is his first book. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and rights were quickly sold into fifteen countries. Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book! Every chapter was a page turner and kept you hungry for more! If you're looking for an exciting read this is the one for you! Very well written!
I thoroughly enjoyed this.
I don't have time to summarise, but it was enjoyable.
I would even read this book again
My Mum and I both read this book and were both surprised by the ending, we didn't see that coming. Really easy to read and keeps you thinking until the end.
Really enjoyed this book
This was the first book that's I've read in a while that really kept me engaged from the first page and had me wanting to keep reading. It's an easy read so good for when you are on holiday and not wanting to think to much! It was difficult to put down so you get through it pretty quickly.
A very impressive debut novel
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 more 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.
Found myself not wanting to put this book down, I just had to find out who was who etc. A great page turner, I would definitely buy this authors next novel.
Fantastic read - great twists. Just when you think you've got it... there's another twist. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Read it all in one sitting!
Politically Correct and Highly Disappointing
I was disappointed in the quality of writing and the content. Predictable and trite.
The Nowhere Child
‘Christian White proves to be an exciting new voice in crime fiction with his debut novel’ Sunday Life, Fairfax.
‘[White] is a born storyteller, one who seems to instinctively understand the weave off a proper yarn, and The Nowhere Child is tight, gripping and impressive in all the right places.’ The Saturday Paper
‘Hugely entertaining … a multifaceted, unsettling debut.’ The Age
‘[White’s] control of the structure of the novel is impressive throughout … He should be emboldened to undertake that notoriously hard task: the second novel.’ The Australian
‘A gripping thriller that will keep you transfixed until the final page. It will be a hard act to follow.’ The Domain Review
‘I do recommend lovers of thrillers and crime getting their hands on a copy.’ Triple R
‘A page-turning labyrinth of twists and turns that moves seamlessly between the past and the present, revealing the story in parts and successfully keeping the reader guessing until the final unexpected reveal … an exhilarating ride and a thrilling debut.’ Books + Publishing magazine
‘A taut, rattling thriller.’ Readings
‘Everything that comprises an excellent crime novel … taut, raw, emotional, intriguing. Christian White – take a bow.’ Better Reading
‘The Nowhere Child quickly coils around a reader’s attention’ Good Reading Magazine
‘It’s one of those books that really grabs you from the first couple of pages.’ ABC News Breakfast
‘This gripping read takes you to the very edge of reality.’ Jane Caro
‘White skilfully builds an uncertain, noxious world of dysfunctional families and small-town secrets – The Nowhere Child is a gripping debut from an exceptional new talent.’ Mark Brandi
ISBN: 9781925584523 ISBN-10: 1925584526 Audience:
Published: 26th June 2018 Publisher: Affirm Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1