I picked this book up in a haul a little while ago. As soon as I started reading it I thought ‘Oh, I’m going to love this!’, and I did! The book that I’m reviewing today is..
The Nowhere Child by Christian White
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…”
I love how a small chunk of the book is based in Melbourne (where I’m from). They mention a place called Mornington, which is somewhere I always used to drive to with my friends to go for ice cream etc. when I first got my license! Mornington is really pretty and is right on the beach. Fun fact for you there!
The book jumps from ‘now’ to ‘then’, but is really easy to follow. It is mainly set in Manson, Kentucky. This one was just right up my alley. A few twists & turns which was great. And kept you wanting to read for more.
I like at the end how you were given a little re-cap, it helps clear things up. I actually liked the ending for once!
My only criticism was the part about snakes. This is a personal preference as I hate snakes and definitely could have gone without having to read that. I also wasn’t a fan of the religion talk. Again, a personal preference. If it wasn’t for these, it would be getting 10/10.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I have read by this particular author and I am looking forward to reading more. I have another one in my pile that I will be reading soon.
The genre of this one is mystery, fiction, thriller, crime & suspense.
About the Author
“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. Born and raised on the Mornington Peninsula, Christian had an eclectic range of ‘day jobs’ before he was able to write full-time, including food-cart driver on a golf course and video editor for an adult film company. He now spends his days writing from his home in Melbourne where he lives with his wife, and adopted greyhound. He has a passion for true crime podcasts, Stephen King and anything to do with Bigfoot.”
I rate this one a 9/10!
I highly recommend this one 😊 Thanks for reading my review!