PUBLISHER: Minotaur Books
PUBLICATION DATE: January 22nd, 2019
Thank you to the Publisher, Minotaur Books, for gifting me a beautiful paperback ARC copy of this book for me to read and share my review with others. All opinions are my own and are in no way influenced.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
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…
This was the first book I have read by author Christian White and it won’t be my last! I loved this book from the beginning to the very end.
The Nowhere Child is told from alternating timelines and alternating point of views. The story jumps between now from Kim’s point of view in Australia, to then from a man named Jack Went’s point of view in the USA and parts by his daughter Emma’s point of view.
Jack Went is the father of 3 children – Stu (9 year old son), Emma (13 year old daughter) and Sammy (2 year old daughter). Emma knows that her parents marriage is not always a happy one and she thinks that if her parents got divorced they would be much happier. Emma appears to be your typical teenager, and it was refreshing to see things from her eyes and view things the way she does.
One day young Sammy suddenly disappears without a trace from her family home. Where has Sammy gone? Was she kidnapped?
Jump ahead to the present. Kim is living in Australia and is one day approached by a stranger who proceeds to tell her about a missing child case in the USA many years ago. Kim wonders what this has to do with her and why this man is telling her this story… Could Kim have a connection to this missing child from the past? If so, what exactly is the connection?
I found this book to be an addictive read from the first page right through to the very end. I was hooked and read this book in just over a day. Once I started I did not want to put it down and I found myself flipping pages to see what I would learn next.
Full of shocking twists and turns, and revelations that will shock you, this book does not disappoint! If you haven’t had your eyes set out on this book be sure to add it to your to be read list!
MY RATING: 5/5 stars