THE NOWHERE CHILD - CHRISTIAN WHITE
Title: The Nowhere Child
Author: Christian White
Published: June 2018
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.
On April 3rd, 1990, Jack and Molly Went’s daughter Sammy disappeared from 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.
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I’m only new to the thriller/mystery genre so I was not expecting to be rating one 5 stars anytime soon, but sweet baby Jesus this book was A D D I C T I V E. Almost every chapter ended with a bombshell to build the anticipation and suspense, and the timelines that jumped from “Then” and “Now” only fuelled the fire. I thought it was so intelligently written and crafted to tell the story in the perfect sequence, with one chapter from the past leading perfectly to the next chapter from the present. I loved that truths were revealed consistently, baiting the reader to stay engaged from the very first page to the very last, and it certainly wasn’t depriving of a few #plottwists. Strong themes of theology and sexuality are interlaced throughout the story. What I can’t believe is that this is White’s debut novel; what I can believe is that it’s won several literary accolades. I will forever be recommending this book 👏🏼
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Something you should know about Tay, is she does not give out 5/5 ratings lightly. So when I saw she did for this one, I had high expectations. And as you can see, I also gave it a perfect 5/5. I literally INHALED this book in a day. I could not and did not want to stop reading. It hooked me from the beginning when Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger, who tells her that he thinks she is Sammy Went, a young girl who went missing in the USA when she was two years old. Whilst flawlessly weaving between past and present, this novel tells the story of Kim’s search for answers on her identity, family and belonging. The character insights and growth was well done, and it maintained the psychological thriller aspect consistently throughout. This story is enthralling in the sense that you are equally as engrossed in what has transpired as you are eager to see what happens next. For a debut novel, I think @christian_white_author smashed it, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next!