The Nowhere Child - Christian White

The Nowhere Child

By Christian White

  • Release Date: 2019-01-22
  • Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 506 Ratings


Finding her is just the start…

A dark and gripping debut psychological thriller that won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, previously won by THE DRY and THE ROSIE PROJECT.

‘Nervy, soulful, genuinely surprising’ A. J. Finn, bestselling author THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW

‘One of the best books I have ever read’ *****

‘Well wow! I didn’t see THAT twist coming!!’ *****

‘I lost sleep over this book’ *****

One photograph is all it takes to turn your world upside down.

You stare at the picture. It shows a missing child who was abducted from her Kentucky home twenty years ago.

But the kidnapped child doesn’t just look like you; she is you…

Your real name is Sammy Went – and the people you thought were family have been lying to you all your life.

But what really happened all those years ago? And how far would you go for the truth?


‘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

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

‘Stunning … tightly woven … comes highly recommended’ Library Journal

‘Great premise, varied characters, dark twists and a smattering of humour. This will be a big hit’ Rachel Sargeant

‘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 Jonasson

‘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, New York Times bestselling author

‘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

‘The Nowhere Child lures you in, its teeth disguised in remarkably compelling prose, and gnaws down to the marrow of your bones’ Matt Wesolowski

About the author

Christian White is an internationally bestselling and award-winning Australian author and screenwriter. His debut novel, The Nowhere Child, won the 2017 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, which was previously won by The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Dry by Jane Harper. Screen rights were quickly acquired by Anonymous Content and Carver Films. Christian also co-wrote Relic, a feature film starring Emily Mortimer. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and their adopted greyhound.


  • Great read

    By Katxx22xx22
    I don’t usually read but I was on holiday and fancied a read while I was sunbathing and came across this fabulous book, I couldn’t put it down! Definitely recommend it 🌟
  • Incredible

    By Chelseaastrange
    I never write reviews or anything like that but don’t have a bad thing to say about this book. Not to be cliche but it’s honestly an experience to read. It doesn’t get boring, it keeps you hooked from the beginning and end. Honestly amazing book.
  • Enticing story line and characters.

    By digger@****
    I found this a great read and found it hard to put down, wanting to know the next twist in the tale. Definitely recommend this book.
  • Hooked

    By Tats rain
    I really enjoyed this book, the descriptions of feelings, twists and turns captivated me to the very end. Wonderful.
  • Gripping!

    By Beccajade
    Absolutely brilliant. Had me hooked from the first page. Marvellous story, would love to read more!!!
  • Great book!!

    By L.G.Han.
    Read this in just a couple of days, couldn’t put it down! So many twists and unexpected moments- worth a read :)
  • Loved it!

    By Julia Ross-Bain
    Absolutely loved this book. Real page turner, couldn’t put it down. Thank you Christian! 😀
  • Dark & absorbing

    By Berrychild
    Superb. Read it in one sitting
  • Unexpected ending!

    By laura-88
    This book keeps you guessing until the end, so many twists! Totally gripping.
  • Outstanding. Recommended

    By AddictedToBooks178/
    I don’t even know how to start this. I don’t think I have ever written a review for anything, an app, or a book or anything. I couldn’t help but write this just to show some appreciation for the author. This is book is great(excuse the language). It is worth the cheap money £0.99. I would say it deserves way more than that, the book is just astonishing and soo intense. It kept me awake, reading chapter after chapter. Trying to convince myself to go to sleep, I couldn’t. I was hooked, addicted. As if it was a scab that you cannot help but scratch. It’s worth all the time and money. If you want something that’s cheap, amazing and sophisticated. Then I would suggest the nowhere child.