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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
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Published June 26th 2018 by Affirm Press
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Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Nowhere Child by Christian White is a 2019 Minotaur Books publication.

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
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
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“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
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
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
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kylie D
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 ...more
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
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 ...more
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are seven books listed on Goodreads 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
Susanne  Strong
Dec 21, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
Holly  B

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'
Diane S ☔
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I've done pretty darn well not requesting psychological thrillers, and can't say I'm much missing them. This is one I had before I made this decision. A two year old child is taken, a young woman now in her twenties is found by her possible brother and told she might be the child. A church, a cult? A leader with strange ideas that he seems to exert at will over his followers and snakes, Rattlers to be specific and I find snakes cringeworthy, and this religion has many.

Ended up liking this more t
‘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
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....
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I can't believe this is Christian White's First novel an outstanding debut & will be looking forward to his next offering the pace was quick the author threw in a few red herrings & a twist you wouldnt or couldnt get my head around.

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
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Super creepy (with snakes?!) and original!

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
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
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
 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't think you kidnapped Sammy Went. I think you are
Dec 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kimberly Leamy (Kim) was between classes at Northampton Community TAFE where she taught photography when she was approached by a man named James Finn. James showed Kim a photo of a young girl and asked her did the girl look familiar to her. As Kim studied the picture, James proceeded to tell her the girl in the photo was Sammy Went who went missing three days after the photo was taken, she was only two years old at the time.

Kim had no idea her life was about to turn upside down after she’d tal
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
4.5 stars
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
Charlotte Annelise
2.5 stars

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
Jun 08, 2019 marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
I can't, I simply can't, finish this book. It's the "50 Shades" of thrillers, such dumbed-down writing and unbelievable characters. I've tried it for 65 pages and it gets worse and worse. Some guy shows up out of nowhere, a total stranger --from another fricking country! -- and tells you that he's your brother, that you were kidnapped as a child and who you think are your parents are not really your parents. These good, kind, loving people you thought you knew were kidnappers! Or maybe bought yo ...more
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 as he did get his female characters down pat. To ...more
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: suspense, drama
Wow! That was very good! 4.5 stars for this book that I couldn't put down. Congrats to the author for this debut novel that held my attention from the beginnning, gave me chills and surprised me with a fabulous ending!

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.
Jan 27, 2019 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
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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.
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, crime, suspense
How would you react if you found out your entire life was a lie?

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.

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 more. 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 ...more
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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).


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