The Nowhere Child
Kimberly Leamy is a photography teacher in Melbourne, Australia. Twenty-six years earlier, Sammy Went, a two-year old gi ...more
An unconventional spin on the child kidnapping thriller-
When Kimberly Leamy, a photographer living in Melbourne, Australia is approached by a total stranger claiming she is Sammy Went, the toddler who disappeared twenty-six years ago in Manson, Kentucky, she is highly skeptical. However, she still feels compelled to look through a few old family photos, where, to her dismay, she discovers her baby pictures bear a striking ...more
WHO TOOK SAMMY WENT?
“The Nowhere Child” opens in the present in Melbourne, Australia.
Kimberly (Kim) Leamy is eating lunch in the cafeteria of the school where she teaches photography. A man approaches her and introduces himself. His name is James Finn and he asks if her name is Kimberly Leamy. She asks him if he’s a teacher or a student at the school. He tells her he’s not from the school and proceeds to pull a photo out of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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' ...more
Ended up liking this more t ...more
“‘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 ...more
Kim is leading a relatively uneventful life in Australia.... ...more
The characters were twisted, flawed generally unlikable except for kim loved her character she was strong forthcoming & very engagingreally loved this book. I felt anger towards the Eckles family they wereall damaged goods didnt like them at all.
Kim Leamy who lived in ...more
Kimberly is a photography teacher living in Australia when she is contacted by an American who believes that over twenty years ago, Kimberly was a toddler who was kidnapped from Kentucky.
Kimberly cannot fathom that her mother who passed away a few years ago could be responsible for kidnapping her.
Jack and Molly Went are the parents to a toddler, and two other children when their youngest is taken from their home. They were already having marriage diffi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Kim had no idea her life was about to turn upside down after she’d tal ...more
The 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 ...more
I 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 sympathetic; however, the other characters that are introduced beco ...more
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 ...more
The 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 ...more
The only thing I have to add is that it could have been more touching. The story had the potential to make me cry, but I didn't. The author didn't dive into the emotional aspect of it all, and that's okay, but if he did, it could have been amazing and deserve 5 stars. ...more
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 ...more
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.
Now – Melbourne, Australia: When Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger, who claims to be her biological brother, her entire world comes crashing down. Stuart Went tells her he has irrefutable proof that she was abducted twenty-seven years ago.
Then – Manson, Kentucky (1990): Two year-old Sammy Went disappears from the bedroom of her home, and her family (which was pretty dysfunctional before tragedy struck) unravels even further.
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