The Nowhere Child by Christian White

The Nowhere Child

‘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, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes she is that girl.At first Kim brushes it off, but when she scratches the surface of her family background in Australia, questions arise that aren...

Details The Nowhere Child

TitleThe Nowhere Child
Release DateJun 26th, 2018
PublisherAffirm Press
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime

Reviews The Nowhere Child

  • Brenda
    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 a...
  •  Li'l Owl
    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...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.com4.5 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The Nowhere Child (with the working title Decay Theory) collected the coveted Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript.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 Christia...
  • Charlotte Annelise
    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 more. 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 sympatheti...
  • Vanessa
    4.5 stars! I thoroughly enjoyed this story, much more 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 more. I almost forgot the author was male...
  • Michael
    ‘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 more 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 more books with child disappearances as it's main theme.Kim Leary has a content life working as a photography ...
  • Kate Horton
    There are certain times when it is seriously cool to be a bookseller, and getting advanced copies of books you know are going to really get people excited is one of them. That's certainly the case with The Nowhere Child. A thoroughly enjoyable and accessible read, this was a great page turner that had me happily ignoring the family to finish it in under 24 hours - that doesn't happen too often nowadays! I'm sure the film adaptation won't be far a...
  • Jacki (Julia Flyte)
    The premise of this book was really interesting. A young woman living in Australia gets tapped on the shoulder one day by a man who believes that is his younger sister, who was abducted from their home in small town Kentucky at the age of two. Kim's immediate reaction is pretty much the same as anyone's would be - this is nonsense, I know my parents, I know how I grew up. Although she does have to admit that the oldest photo she has of herself, a...
  • Jeanette Lewis
    What a fabulous read I was hooked from the beginning to end and to add to my delight Aussie humour came filtering through (sometimes a mystery to those from other countries). The story crosses over two time zones, two countries and two completely different ways of life. All the elements are there, suspense, love, hate, murder and to top it off a bit of weird religious fundamentals. Kim on the whole has a pretty ordinary life with a close knit fam...
  • Bridget
    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 n...
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘Mind if I join you?’Kim Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. She’s taking a break between classes when she’s approached by a stranger. He shows her a photograph:‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’He says that he is investigating the disappearance of Sammy Went from her home in Kentucky twenty-eight years earlier. He believes that Kim is Sammy. Kim be...
  • David Linwood
    Folks, mark this one as the let down of the year...So this won the same prize as Jane Harpers The Dry and I suppose the publisher wants to replicate the same sort of buzz... the thing is The Dry was well written and this quite frankly isn't.I try to read with a pen and underline any lines that strike me or stand out. I recommend books that I have marked up a lot because it means that I was interested enough, or the writing was good enough to illi...
  • Keiran Rogers
    OK I'm going to start off the reviews on this one - but note we are publishing it.A couple of years back I read The Dry by Jane Harper at manuscript stage and loved loved loved it. It had won The Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript and was subsequently hot property with all the publishers fighting for it. The book was a real page turner, with really vivid descriptions of the dry, dusty, rural Australian landscape. The...
  • Karen
    In Melbourne, 30 year old photography teacher Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger who shows her a photo of a young girl, with deep blue eyes and a mop of shaggy black hair. 28 years ago two-year-old Sammy Went disappeared from her family home in Manson, Kentucky in the US. No trace of her was ever found but there was always the thought that she was abducted - not killed as originally feared. This stranger believes that Kim is Sammy, and THE NOW...
  • Kathy
    What an impressive debut from Christian White! Thoroughly enjoyed this book set in Now and Then timeline which we follow until all the secrets are revealed. And I didn’t guess the ending which was even better! Kim, living in Australia going about her normal life and one day her life is turned upside down when a man approaches her saying she is his long lost sister who was abducted from the US over 20 years before. I loved all the characters in ...
  • Hastings75
    Best new author book I have read this year.Story is awesome and the ending is not a let down!Great recommendation from Redhead Rambles.👍
  • Kat
    The winner of the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for an unpublished manuscript, The Nowhere Child is a thrilling debut. It demands you keep turning the page, to continue finding the missing pieces to the puzzle presented in this labyrinth of a novel, with clues in the past & present. Travelling from Melbourne to Kentucky USA, this exhilarating book will definitely keep you guessing until the final shocking reveal. Can you figure out wh...
  • Nathan
    Buy this book the morning it comes out from a reputable, or entirely disreputable, bookseller and disregard all other commitments. This is a spectacular novel that heralds a crisp, concise and sharp writer with talent to spare. Thank you for the ARC. Getting in on the ground floor is an exciting moment that never gets old.
  • Tracey Allen at Carpe Librum
    The Nowhere Child is a terrific debut by Australian author Christian White. Sammy Went was abducted from her home in Kentucky 28 years ago. Kim is living in Melbourne and is approached by a man investigating the disappearance who has reason to believe Kim is that girl. This isn't a spoiler, it's in the blurb.Kim doubts her late mother was a kidnapper, but soon embarks on a personal journey in an attempt to find out and get to the bottom of the my...
  • Bree T
    This book was incredible.The Nowhere Child is the 2017 Victorian Premier’s award winner for an unpublished manuscript. Previous winners of this award have become very successful bestsellers and this one has every chance of doing the same. It’s so compelling tapping into a fascination with unsolved mysteries and cold cases and combining that with a literary style.The book is split into two timelines. The first is the present day where Kim Leam...
  • Carol - Reading Writing and Riesling
    My View:Fabulous read! Debut novelists and their novels are often a risk; you don’t know anything about their writing, good, bad or indifferent. You often do not know any one else who has read the book to get a personal recommendation. You open the page totally without any expectations other than hoping that this will indeed be a great read, become your next must read author.Take a risk! There is so much talent waiting for you to discover. I ha...
  • Heidi
    How would you feel if you found out that everything you believed about your family was a lie? Shocked? Confused? Betrayed? Perhaps all of those, and more. When a stranger turns up on Kim Leamy’s doorstep in Melbourne, telling her that he has reason to believe that she might be Sammy Went, a little girl who disappeared at the age of two from her home in Manson, Kentucky, never to be seen again, she dismisses it as a bad joke at first. However, h...
  • the.four.readers
    Two year old Sammy Went is missing.Someone has taken her. But who?Was it her mother, Molly, a convert to the cultish church of the Light Within?Was it her father, Jack, a man with a secret in his heart and a violent temper?Was it her sister, Emma, who added Sammy’s name to the kill list on wall of the dilapidated grist mill? Was it the shadow man, lurking in the woods where he had no reason to be?Was it the Eckles family, led by drunken matriar...
  • Tara
    This was an interesting read, flipping back and forth between then and now while you try to work out exactly what happened. Kim, now 28 has discovered that she most likely is the girl Sammy who went missing when she was two years old, 26 years earlier. She heads back to the USA to try to understand what happened.I did enjoy the book and was surprised more than once with the twists although I did find I was speed reading through parts of the book ...
  • Brianna Monique
    This book follows Kim, as she is approached by a man, who insists she is the kidnapped child; Sammy Went. It follows Kim as she explores the possibility of being Sammy Went, the book also follows, characters from when the kidnapping took place 28 years ago. This book was well-paced and I loved all the twists thrown in, I also really enjoyed the whole aspect of the church (cult) that Sammy's mum, Molly attends and learning about snake handlers. I ...
  • Pamela Tickner
    4 1/2 stars. I only chose this book because of the great reviews, and it lived up to all expectations. One of the better debut novels I have read. Both male and female characters are well developed and I felt a connection and invested interest in many of them even the support cast, I was so sad when Sheriff Ellis missed his date! A clever story told from two times and two countries that connect in the most unexpected way. I liked that you could f...
  • Ali Berg
    Wow! What an incredible book by this talented debut author. I devoured it in a weekend, because I could not put it down. It was incredibly captivating, raw, beautifully written and emotional. Do yourself a favour and read this book!
  • Suzie
    Wow. Great story, and it had me guessing all the way to the end.
  • Aimee
    I really enjoyed this! Im not a super big crime/thriller reader but the plot of this seemed really interesting so I picked it up. It was more of a lighter crime but really enjoyable and fast paced. It had me guessing until the end and although some of the twists were predictable they were woven into the story so well that I wasn’t annoyed by it! The characters were really developed throughout and I liked that it swapped between the present in K...
  • Michelle Harris
    Hooked from the start. An interesting read around a missing 2 year old, a religious cult, marriage secrets and insecure children. Possibly a one sitting read, alternating between the “now” and “then” chapters. Great debut book