Finding her is just the start…
A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller that won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, previously won by THE DRY and THE ROSIE PROJECT.
‘Nervy, soulful, genuinely surprising’ A. J. Finn, bestselling author THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
‘One of the best books I have ever read’ *****
‘Well wow! I didn’t see THAT twist coming!!’ *****
‘I lost sleep over this book’ *****
One photograph is all it takes to turn your world upside down.
You stare at the picture. It shows a missing child who was abducted from her Kentucky home twenty years ago.
But the kidnapped child doesn’t just look like you; she is you…
Your real name is Sammy Went – and the people you thought were family have been lying to you all your life.
But what really happened all those years ago? And how far would you go for the truth?
‘A nervy, soulful, genuinely surprising it-could-happen-to-you thriller — a book to make you peer over your shoulder for days afterwards’ A. J. Finn, bestselling author of THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
‘The Nowhere Child is the personification of a high-concept thriller, brilliantly executed. Author White raises the bar on psychological suspense, telling Kim Leamy’s tale in a stylish voice and with a heart-pounding pace. Read page one, and you won’t stop. Guaranteed’ Jeffery Deaver
‘Stunning … tightly woven … comes highly recommended’ Library Journal
‘Great premise, varied characters, dark twists and a smattering of humour. This will be a big hit’ Rachel Sargeant
‘Packed with tension, twists and tremendous pace, it’s hard to believe that this is the work of a debut author. The Nowhere Child is stunning and flawless. I can’t recommend it enough’ Thomas Enger
‘Beautifully written, perfectly suspenseful and wonderfully dark. I could not put this book down’ Susi Holliday
‘Such a clever idea, which grips from the very first chapter’ Ragnar Jonasson
‘The Nowhere Child is pure dynamite. The high concept premise grabbed me from the first page and refused to let me go until I finished. You may try to read it slowly, so you can savor every single word, but the story is so all-encompassing—the need to know what happens next so urgent—you’ll forget all about savoring and find yourself tearing through the pages as fast as your fingers can manage. You do not want to miss this book!’ Linda Castillo, New York Times bestselling author
‘The Nowhere Child is a fabulous read, populated by such well-drawn and identifiable characters that I felt I knew them. I was desperate to know how the story unfolded. Brilliant!’ Louise Voss
‘The Nowhere Child lures you in, its teeth disguised in remarkably compelling prose, and gnaws down to the marrow of your bones’ Matt Wesolowski
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, which was previously won by The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Dry by Jane Harper. Screen rights were quickly acquired by Anonymous Content and Carver Films. Christian also co-wrote Relic, a feature film starring Emily Mortimer. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and their adopted greyhound.
At the start of White's outstanding debut, American James Finn approaches Kim Leamy while she's taking a between-class break at the Melbourne, Australia, school where she teaches photography. Finn claims that Kim is Sammy Went, a child kidnapped from her Kentucky home at the age of two in 1990. Of course, Kim's initial reaction is that he's talking nonsense. As far as she knows, her family has always lived in Australia, and she has a birth certificate. But Finn who soon admits he's Sammy's elder brother, Stuart has reams of convincing documentation gleaned from decades of searching, including DNA proof. Kim/Sammy's first-person narrative as she and Stuart attempt to unearth details of her abduction alternates with a third-person omniscient account of the kidnapping and subsequent investigation. By juxtaposing past and present, the author keeps the tension high. The impatient may be tempted to skip ahead, but they shouldn't. Thriller fans will want to savor every crumb of evidence and catch every clue. White is definitely a writer to watch.
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Truly talented writer!
One thing I loved most about this book was its structure of chapters, the back and forth between then and now. I love the level of detail I felt as-if I was there. This story kept me hooked for certain. My only critique in my opinion was this story seemed to drag, in some chapters I found myself wanting more in the sense I was expecting something bigger to happen which was part of the reason I kept on reading. I know that’s the point and this is not to say the twist wasn’t shocking because I most certainly didn’t see it coming, but I guess I had expected more given there wasn’t many pages left to go before there was no more. However, I stick by this story as being time well spent because I truly was engrossed the entire way. Overall this is a brilliant book. A incredibly talented writer and I look forward to reading more of what he has coming in the future. This for sure will be a book I’ll always remember reading and will Highly recommend!!
A gripping story.. A real ‘page turner with a great twist’
Original storyline which helps if you read a lot of suspense books. The history catching up with present is a bit cliched but works well in this book. Happily can recommend it as a must read!