The Nowhere Child Review

Synopsis from St. Martin’s Press:

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…

About: The Nowhere Child is a mystery thriller written by Christian White. It will be published on 1/22/2019 by Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, paperback, 384 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, and fiction. This book is the author’s debut. According to Macmillan’s website, “Minotaur established in 1999, Minotaur is a premier publisher in the bestselling category of crime fiction. St. Martin’s Press has a long and respected history of publishing a solid and varied list. We are dedicated to publishing emerging new authors, and offering a fresh perspective on classic genres, while maintaining a diverse and interesting range of books.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.

My Experience: 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 more 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, humor

Con: none

I rate it 5 stars!

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About the Author:

Christian White is an internationally bestselling and award-winning Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. He is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures on a new television series which he co-created, inspired by his script One Year Later, winner of the 2013 Australian Writers Guild ‘Think Inside The Box’ competition. His films have been performed at film festivals around the world. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and their greyhound. (Info and photo obtained from St. Martin’s website).

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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Minotaur Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.


6 thoughts on “The Nowhere Child Review

  1. Sophie @ Blame Chocolate says:

    This sounds like a really well-put together thriller! One that can make you laugh as well, what a rarity 🙂 I love when there’s a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter – it just makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next!
    I’m glad you enjoyed this one so much, Jasmine. Wonderful review!

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