A little girl went missing years ago. That child is you.
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.
‘Read page one, and you won’t stop. Guaranteed’ Jeffery Deaver
A child was stolen twenty years ago
Little Sammy Went vanishes from her home in Manson, Kentucky – an event that devastates her family and tears apart the town’s deeply religious community.
And somehow that missing girl is you
Kim Leamy, an Australian photographer, is approached by a stranger who turns her world upside down – he claims she is the kidnapped Sammy and that everything she knows about herself is based on a lie.
How far will you go to uncover the truth?
In search of answers, Kim returns to the remote town of Sammy’s childhood to face up to the ghosts of her early life. But the deeper she digs into her family background the more secrets she uncovers… And the closer she gets to confronting the trauma of her dark and twisted past.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
There is no surprise that this book received such a prestige award because it begins at an almighty pace and just gets faster! Australian Kim Leamy was doing pretty well for herself as a photographer. Well that was until an American stranger knocked her world from under her when he announced that she was his little sister, who had been abducted from Kentucky over 20 years ago. Now that’s not something you hear everyday but after a rummage among her family photos and finding nothing of her before the age of 2 and a blood test well she can’t deny what he is saying. Kim packs her bags and goes to find out more about her short life in America and the family that she was taken from.
For the first two years of her life her name had been Sammy Went and her family lived in a very over the top and pretty weird religious community with a fair assortment of snakes. God fearing, deadly snakes that judge the guilty and innocent. Whoa this felt like stepping back in time. Kim was going to have her work cut out in this tight-lipped community, that really aren’t the friendliest of people. Kim is determined to find out more about her family and the reasons behind her abduction.
The story dips back and forth into the past and present day with an increasing uneasiness growing the more the two time lines are coming together. There are some pretty awesome characters in this story, not all good, but real get to you sort of people who will be a long time before they fade from my mind. And there are stories within the story that just stopped me in my tracks. Could these things really happen? The story made me have that uneasy, butterfly in my stomach feeling in so many parts and in others I felt horrified enough that if I had been there I would have been frozen in fear.
What a cracking story, perfect for the super sleuth readers and mystery seekers of the truth. It doesn’t lack a few dead people either. Did I mention snakes? There are plenty of very deadly snakes! Highly recommended.
I received this e-copy of the book from NetGalley and the publisher which I have reviewed honestly
HERE IS A LITTLE 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. He is currently in development with Matchbox Pictures on a new television series which he co-created, inspired by his script One Year Later, winner of the 2013 Australian Writers Guild ‘Think Inside The Box’competition. His films have been shown at film festivals around the world. He lives in Melbourne with his wife and their greyhound