Sammy Went was a toddler when she disappeared from her home in Kentucky 28 years ago. Kim Leamy is an Australian photography teacher living a fairly unremarkable life until a stranger approaches her. The stranger, obsessed with Sammy’s disappearance, is convinced that Kim is the missing toddler. Although she initially dismisses him, Kim looks into her past and finds that things don’t add up. To unravel the truth, she visits Sammy’s birthplace and uncovers a world of southern gothic strangeness: cults and secrets, conspiracy and trauma. The Nowhere Child is 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.
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