The Child Finder: A Novel by Rene DenfeldThe Child Finder: A Novel by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder: A Novel

byRene Denfeld

Hardcover | September 5, 2017

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A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique insights to find a missing little girl.

"Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing? Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or—is it possible—you are still alive?"

Three years ago, Madison Culver disappeared when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She would be eight-years-old now—if she has survived. Desperate to find their beloved daughter, certain someone took her, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to the police and a select group of parents as "the Child Finder," Naomi is their last hope.

Naomi’s methodical search takes her deep into the icy, mysterious forest in the Pacific Northwest, and into her own fragmented past. She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl, too.

As Naomi relentlessly pursues and slowly uncovers the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce the defenses that have protected her, reminding her of a terrible loss she feels but cannot remember. If she finds Madison, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?

Told in the alternating voices of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.

Rene Denfeld is an internationally bestselling author, journalist, and investigator in death penalty cases. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer, and is the author of five books, including the novel The Enchanted. She lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Title:The Child Finder: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:288 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.97 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062659057

ISBN - 13:9780062659057

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping, thrilling, beautiful story! Gripping, thrilling, and a roller coaster of a ride. This is a must book you have to add to your TBR if you haven't read it already. The Child Finder is a book that has been on my TBR for a while and I finally got the chance to read it. I have heard so much about this book recently from friends and online, that I knew it was the kind of book that I would just devour and love.  This was my first book I have read by Rene Denfeld and trust me, it won't be my last. This book was so well written, and it draws you in from the very beginning and keeps you hooked right through to the last page. This is the kind of book that I love to read, as you are always turning the pages to find out what will happen next and cannot seem to put the book down. I read this in just one day it was that incredible of a book. I love Rene's writing style and the way she captivates the reader with her writing. There is a strong female lead in the book as well which I loved. This book follows the story of The Child Finder, a woman named Naomi. She seeks out to find children that have gone missing from their families with a trace. Some she is able to find, some she cannot. Some have happy endings and are returned to their families, some not so much of a happy ending.  The Culvert family contacts Naomi as their young daughter Madison had gone missing. They were out in the Skookum National Forest in Oregon looking for a Christmas tree, only to have her disappear as she seemed to vanish into thin air. One moment she was there happy with her parents, the next she was gone. The Culvert family have hopes that The Child Family can help them locate their missing daughter and return her alive and safe to her home, as it is their last hope of finding their daughter.  The Child Finder has a knack for finding lost and missing children, as when she was younger she too was a Lost Child. As you read the story Naomi's past is revealed slowly in bits and pieces. I loved this book as I found Rene had a way of writing a sad and terrifying story about a sensitive issues including a monster, and had a way of writing it in a beautiful way that you can't help but feel for everyone involved, including the monster.  The characters were all well written about and I love the character development in the story as you get to know each one of them individually and what makes them who they are today. You can't help but fall in love with the characters and develop empathy for them as their story unfolds. Will Naomi be able to find their missing daughter Naomi? And if so, will she be alive? You'll have to read this amazing book to find out! :)
Date published: 2018-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Story of Sorrow, Survival & Hope Three years ago, on a cold winter's day, five-year old Madison Culver disappeared into the woods on a trip with her family. Naomi, a woman known to be the best at finding missing children, is hired by Madison's parents to locate her. She believes it unlikely the girl is still alive. Shortly after their daughter vanished, there had been heavy snow and blizzards. Search parties had been unable to find any trace of her. But her mother insists she was taken and has survived. Naomi begins to track down what happened to Madison, unravelling each small piece of the mystery via very few clues. She has always been able to connect with the children she looks for, as she herself was once missing. As a child she escaped from what she had called 'monsters', but otherwise has no recollection of her life prior to when she was found. The book alternates between Naomi's investigation and the voice of the 'snow girl', aka Madison, who speaks of being held captive in a cave-type cellar by a man known only as Mr. B. Can Naomi discover where she is with enough time to save her? Naomi is a complex and utterly fascinating character. She considers her work as an investigator to be a calling and her cases are the most important thing in her life. Extremely cautious of others, she prefers working by herself which can put her in some dangerous situations. She has a strong intuition and an unusual understanding of mysterious and natural environments. She feels safe and secure while alone in the forest, which is almost like a living being to her. I was transfixed wanting to know what compelled her. The Child Finder is an emotional, yet suspenseful novel. Rene Denfeld's descriptions of the wilderness with it's quiet stillness and hidden depths are dreamlike and lyrical. Intensely dark and atmospheric, this is a beautifully written story of sorrow, survival and hope which kept me spellbound.
Date published: 2017-09-05

Editorial Reviews

“Rene Denfeld’s novel The Child Finder renders atrocity with depth and heart—a compassion made even more credible by her career as an investigator in death-penalty cases... The Child Finder‘s moral lesson is not new—that hope and humanity can be found in even the darkest places. But the extent to which Denfeld practices that belief is deeply touching, if not even remarkable.”