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Summary

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.

A child was stolen 20 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.

©2019 Christian White (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"Read page one, and you won’t stop. Guaranteed." (Jeffery Deaver)

"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, best-selling author of The Woman in The Window)

"Stunning...tightly woven...comes highly recommended." (Library Journal)

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The narrater makes it sound too cheery.

Her voice is too flat and doesn't have any emotion behind it and it makes me cringe when she keeps changing the "American" accent. This is supposed to be a serious book but the voice actress just makes it sound to cheery... Like she's reading a sex in the city book. Totally put me off.

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Enjoyable

Bought as won same prize as The Dry which I liked. Didn't disappoint. Great story and well narrated.

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this book was utterly boring all the way through and the narration was very poor on accent change. I was expecting it to be brilliant as I absolutely loved Still House the author's other book. There were no gaps between time lapses in the narration either. No light and chade. No plot.

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Unusual plotline

I saw a documentary once about "snake churches" but to hear it described in such detail was eye opening. I liked that the kidnapper wasn't who I thought. Overall I liked the story and was happy with the narrator. I am getting a bit fed up with the then and now format of so many new stories.

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Gripping book - full of twists and turns!

Loved this book. It had me hooked from beginning to end and I never expected the ending to be as it unfolded. Well written and well narrated

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An interesting story

I really enjoyed this book. The story was absorbing. It bought up a few moral dilemmas too. The narrator took me a while to warm to, but I enjoyed listening to her in the end.

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A great read! Sophisticated, grounded, original.

Original and creative story, written with high emotional intelligence, yet the characters are earthly and relatable. Performed brilliantly by the narrator.