The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

Book - 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062659057
0062659057
Branch Call Number: DENFELD
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm

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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 »

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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LBSJ
Apr 24, 2020

A page turner with a disturbing difficult topic. Read reviews first.

JCLAshleyW Apr 21, 2020

Ms. Denfeld takes gut-wrenching topics (child abduction and sexual assult) and writes stories that are relevant, honest, and heartbreaking without being too graphic or salacious. Recommend to patrons who want to learn of the realities of these horrors in the safety of fiction. Follow up with "The Butterfly Girl."

CCPL_Carly Feb 03, 2020

Rene Denfeld has once again crafted a haunting story that touches on the capacity of our minds to help us overcome horrible and devastating situations. Her strong characterizations and lyrical writing style will draw readers in, while the novel's sense of place is so vivid that readers will feel transported to the setting's snowy woods.

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MillieBT
Jan 28, 2020

An emotional yet disturbing read

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Jan 13, 2020

Atmospheric. Oregon setting. Child abductions are inherently creepy. This very humanizing look at a survivor of abduction searching for other missing children works on a lot of different layers. Beautifully written.

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StrangelyExuberant
Dec 17, 2019

The story was intriguing and one that was hard to put down. The descriptions of the abductions and the sexual abuse were very graphic. So trigger warning for anyone who experienced abuse or have any connections with child abductions.

While I was intrigued by the characters and the mystery, I found the descriptions of child abduction, sexual abuse, and the ending itself hard to stomach. The main character (the child finder) is fascinating, the story structure is well-crafted, and the ending is largely satisfying, but consider yourself warned if you are easily disturbed by emotionally wrenching stories!

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Memawrayne
Nov 30, 2019

For anyone who doubts that sexual abuse happens, this book will remind you of the terrible effects--even years later. This book will be frightening for any parent as one reads about "stranger abduction."

STPL_JessH Oct 11, 2019

I re-read The Child Finder last night in one sitting. I couldn't put it down! I wanted to remember some of the particulars of Naomi's journey in time to read The Butterfly Girl. I had forgotten how much I loved The Child Finder! It was written so carefully, with such sensitivity. It seems as though Rene Denfeld chose each and every word with caution and then deployed her gifts to create a stunning yet perfectly restrained tale. I am even more impressed by the writing now than I was when I first read the book two years ago. I highly recommend it!

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PiepieB
Sep 29, 2019

A beautifully-written story! I loved the mix of mystery and fairy tale. I loved the snowy Oregon setting, the emphasis on hope and help, and how you can always be found.

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scifiid
Mar 17, 2018

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.

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scifiid
Mar 17, 2018

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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scifiid
Mar 17, 2018

“Snow girl was glad she had left her own feelings behind.”

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scifiid
Mar 17, 2018

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.

jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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