The Nowhere Child
‘Her name is Sammy Went. This photo was taken on her second birthday. Three days later she was gone.’
On a break between teaching photography classes in Melbourne, Kim Leamy is approached by a stranger investigating the disappearance of a little girl from her Kentucky home twenty-eight years earlier. He believes Kim is that girl.
At first she brushes it off, but when Kim scratches the surface of her family history in Australia, questions arise that aren’t easily answered. To find the truth, she must travel to Sammy’s home of Manson, Kentucky, and into a dark past. As the mystery of Sammy’s disappearance unravels and the town’s secrets are revealed, this superb novel builds towards an electrifying climax.
Inspired by Gillian Flynn’s frenetic suspense and Stephen King’s masterful world-building, The Nowhere Child is a combustible tale of trauma, cult, conspiracy and memory. It is the remarkable debut of Christian White, an exhilarating new Australian talent.
‘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, bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
‘Hugely entertaining … a multifaceted, unsettling debut.’ The Age
‘Christian White proves to be an exciting new voice in crime fiction with his debut novel’ Sunday Life, Fairfax.
‘[White] is a born storyteller, one who seems to instinctively understand the weave off a proper yarn, and The Nowhere Child is tight, gripping and impressive in all the right places.’ The Saturday Paper
‘[White’s] control of the structure of the novel is impressive throughout … He should be emboldened to undertake that notoriously hard task: the second novel.’ The Australian
‘A gripping thriller that will keep you transfixed until the final page. It will be a hard act to follow.’ The Domain Review
‘Everything that comprises an excellent crime novel … taut, raw, emotional, intriguing. Christian White – take a bow.’ Better Reading
‘It’s one of those books that really grabs you from the first couple of pages.’ News Breakfast, ABC TV
‘A page-turning labyrinth of twists and turns that moves seamlessly between the past and the present, revealing the story in parts and successfully keeping the reader guessing until the final unexpected reveal … an exhilarating ride and a thrilling debut.’ Books + Publishing magazine
‘A taut, rattling thriller.’ Readings
‘This novel lives up to the buzz.’ Brisbane News, News Limited
‘[An] outstanding debut. Thriller fans will want to savor every crumb of evidence and catch every clue. White is definitely a writer to watch.’ Publisher’s Weekly (USA), starred review
‘This gripping read takes you to the very edge of reality.’ Jane Caro
‘The Nowhere Child is everything a thriller ought to be. I was carried away.’ Toni Jordan
About the Author
Christian White is an Australian author and screenwriter whose projects include feature film Relic. The Nowhere Child is his first book and one of Australia’s bestselling debut novels ever. An early draft of this novel won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript. Since publication The Nowhere Child has been shortlisted for major awards including the Australian Book Industry Awards’ General Fiction Book of the Year and Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year, and the Indie Book Awards’ Debut Fiction Book of the Year. Rights to The Nowhere Child have been sold in 17 international territories, and has been acquired for a major screen deal.
Clickbait, a television series Christian co-created with Tony Ayres (The Slap) is currently in production for Netflix. Christian’s keenly awaited second book, The Wife and the Widow, was published by Affirm Press in 2019 and became an instant bestseller.
Christian lives in Melbourne with his wife, filmmaker Summer DeRoche, and their adopted greyhound, Issy.