The Child Finder
A NovelBook - 2017
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.
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LPL_KimberlyL Jan 20, 2018
It's odd to say that a book with such a dark premise is so beautifully written, but it is. Rene Denfeld has her own traumatic history and has considerable social justice work, which lends a note of compassion to this literary thriller. The plot is terrifying in it's reality, but ultimately it is ... Read More »
LPL_KimberlyL Jan 13, 2018
Read a thriller... Rene Denfeld is not only an acclaimed author, but has also worked as a Chief Investigator at a public defender’s office. Her advocacy and social work gives her writing a unique perspective and I'm looking forward to finally reading one of her books!
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This is something I know: no matter how far you have run, no matter how long you have been lost, it is never too late to be found.
Naomi had tried to find peace in that. If what happened to her was too horrifying to remember, then that was how God wanted it -- He would store those artifacts in heaven for her, for delivery to hell.
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Naomi dedicates her life to finding missing children. Once lost herself, she knows all too well the evil that lurks in the world. While searching for missing children in Oregon, Naomi begins to regain lost memories of her own dark past.
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