The Nowhere Child

A Novel
Narrated by: Katherine Littrell
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (144 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"[Katherine Littrell's] narration seamlessly moves between Australian and Kentucky accents, allowing individual characters to shine." (AudioFile magazine)

"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, New York Times best-selling author of The Third Victim)

Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Nowhere Child is screenwriter Christian White’s internationally best-selling 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 3, 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 that handles poisonous snakes as part of its worship, provided that faith. Without Sammy, the Wents eventually fell apart.  

Now, with proof 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....

©2018 Christian White (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“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 best-selling author of The Woman in the Window)   

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Surprised by the great reviews...

I had to read this for a book club and found it to be very wordy and with too many descriptions that weren't relevant, or just slowed the story down. When I got about a third of the way in and heard about snakes, that pretty much did me in and wanted to quit, but I plodded along. The end was a surprise, so that was good, but all in all it was just slow and too many creepy people in the story. The radical religious aspects REALLY turned me off.

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  • 01-28-19

A Stunningly Exciting Listen with a Deft Narrator

This is an "on the edge of your seat" kind of listen. I do not know the writer's work, and have never heard the narrator before, but was instantly drawn in by a thriller told in two time periods. The story is exciting and beautifully written; the narrator is deeply skilled, immediately relatable, and draws you in. I was so glad I had the chance to listen to this fantastic book. Great psychological thriller, great narrator. Intense and perfectly paced.

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Engaging and insightful

Everything about this book was excellent. I found the sub-stories just as powerful as the initial content provided in the description.

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Great Read

Really glad our book club chose this author to read. It was not only entertaining but just when you thought you had figured it out it surprised you ! Well written, fast moving and held your interest!

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Expected more

From the great reviews, I expected more. I just couldn't get too interested in the story or the characters. The jumping in location from Australia to the US South seemed like a narrative devise without any real purpose, and there were a lot of plot threads that were left open or were wrapped up hastily in the final chapter.

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The Nowhere Child

Excellent story!I nearly stepped away with the 'faith healing ' and 'casting out of demons' as it was a real and scarey part of MY childhood,but I went on and am glad I did.This was an excellent story of how our pasts define us,even if we think we have escaped it. There were so many twists and turns,it kept you guessing until near the end. Katherine Littrell was a fine narrator.I was given this book by the narrator,author or publisher free for an honest review.

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Fun suspense!

Really enjoyed character development, descriptive writing & unique storyline with bonus of no gore!

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Captivating!!!

It was really hard to quit listening to this book once I got started. Definitely a lot of twists and turns and I kept waiting to see how everything would unfold. The narrator was excellent. All in all, a great book!!!

I was given this free review copy and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fantastic twists and turns!

Loved this book and I’m so sad it’s over! Suspenseful, great twists and turns. Great job!

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excellent author

this was a very good read. the way the author writes and pulls you in to the story I really liked
I reco.end this author and this book. it is the second I have read of hers and can't wait to dive into the next.