Wednesday, January 23, 2019

REVIEW of The Nowhere Child by Christian White

Hardcover, 384 pages

Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Minotaur Books 

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…

My Thoughts…

Holy twists and turns.    A 2-year-old goes missing and a brother never gives up hope that she will be found.   He follows clues, hunts people down, and questions everything until he follows the right path and meets Kim Leamy who ends up being his long-lost sister Sammy.    That is just the beginning.    Kim returns to the US after living with her family in Australia and the lies begin to unravel.   The truth starts to come out but what she learns doesn’t even seem real.   

This is a book where there are good guys and bad guys.   Sometimes the lines are blurred and I was not always sure that I was getting the entire truth from anyone.    I doubted so many stories, I wanted to disbelieve some that were the truth, and believed some that weren’t so true.     With each piece of Kim’s life that falls into place, another puzzle comes to light.  Who took her?   Why did they take her?   

Oh My Gosh…. I was so enthralled with Christian White’s book.   I couldn’t stop reading, I kept guessing, I kept putting pieces together hoping that what I was figuring out couldn’t be what really happens.      Pick up this book, read this story.   I recommend it to anyone who loves a good suspense novel that is full of twists and turns.   

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