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The Nowhere Child

(2019)
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“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, New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

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…

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"White skillfully builds an uncertain, noxious world of dysfunctional families and small-town secrets. The Nowhere Child is a gripping debut from an exceptional new talent." - Mark Brandi

"The Nowhere Child is compelling and intense. The alternating chapters between past and present are perfectly paced and masterfully written to maximize suspense and lead us down a path of love, hate, redemption, and--ultimately--hope. I literally could not put this book down until I turned the last page. The best debut novel I've read in years." - Allison Brennan

"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

"The Nowhere Child is the personification of a high-concept thriller, brilliantly executed. 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

"An impressive debut novel, deftly plotted, constantly shifting and full of vivid characters." - Garry Disher

"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 Jónasson

"The Nowhere Child is a well-written thriller that avoids the clichés of the genre. The characters are interesting and believable and the book kept me reading up to the satisfying conclusion." - Phillip Margolin

"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


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March 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 0-00-827653-6 / 978-0-00-827653-9 (UK edition)
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January 2019 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-250-29371-5 / 978-1-250-29371-8 (USA edition)
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January 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-250-25293-8 / 978-1-250-25293-7 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-78782-146-3 / 978-1-78782-146-0 (UK edition)
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child: The bestselling debut psychological thriller you need to read now!
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 0-00-827656-0 / 978-0-00-827656-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins
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August 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child: The bestselling debut psychological thriller you need to read now!
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 0-00-835583-5 / 978-0-00-835583-8 (UK edition)
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March 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 0-00-827654-4 / 978-0-00-827654-6 (UK edition)
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February 2019 : Australia Paperback
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-925712-73-7 / 978-1-925712-73-5 (Australia edition)
Publisher: Affirm Press
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March 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
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March 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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January 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-250-31576-X / 978-1-250-31576-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
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January 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
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January 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
Author(s): Christian White
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July 2018 : UK Audio CD
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-5288-1059-7 / 978-1-5288-1059-3 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : UK MP3 CD
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
ISBN: 1-5288-4066-6 / 978-1-5288-4066-8 (UK edition)
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July 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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July 2018 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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July 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: W. F. Howes Ltd
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Kindle Editions

January 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child: A Novel
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: Minotaur Books
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January 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child: The bestselling debut psychological thriller you need to read now!
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: HarperCollins
Availability: Amazon UK   


June 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: The Nowhere Child
Author(s): Christian White
Publisher: Affirm Press
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