The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"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"--
Publisher: New York :, Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062692696
Branch Call Number: FIC DEN
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 21 cm


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Mar 19, 2018

Couldn't read this -- waaay too dark for me.

Mar 15, 2018

Author's writing style is unlike others who pursue similar topics - finding missing children taken by abusive abductors. I don't like novels with flashbacks and this novel has oodles of them from the lost child, the child finder, the abductor, parents' stories, the ranger, trappers, etc. Everyone has a back story and Denefeld provides them. I think her investigative and journalistic background shows in the story's construction. Author provides a positive ending for all.

DPLalyssab Mar 09, 2018

Haunting, engaging story set in Pacific Northwest

Feb 07, 2018

This was a good book - unfortunately there are probably more stories in real life then we would like to admit - where children go missing. Well written and you found yourself feeling like you were in the midst of these vast area. Leaves you hoping only the best for the Child finder so that she an resolve her life mystery.

Jan 23, 2018

A marvelous book. The writing paints such vivid pictures.

K_ROK Jan 21, 2018

The writing was good but this book wasn't for me. Too slow and predictable.

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 one of redemption and hope.

Jan 15, 2018

Boring. A lollygagging tale of a whole bunch of nothing happening. Very little information on how this woman is going about her search. Literally the majority of what is described is her going into random stores, looking around, asking one or two vague questions, and then going for a hike. Like, that's her crime-solving strategy. And then on the side her pretty much adopted brother is more or less forcing her into a relationship, using her unstable past and the death of their shared adoptive mother as leverage to get her to sleep with him, and then using her sleeping with him to guilt her into a longer relationship. Don't really see the point of this book and not sure how it could be acclaimed by anyone. Finished reading 1/14/18.

Dec 06, 2017

Wow. One powerful, devastating book. Beautifully written. Tears shed after reading this one. Vivid characters, like you can see and smell the setting, feel compassion for all the characters, my heart aches. It'll take time to recover after a book like this for me.

Dec 01, 2017

I didn't really like the book. The characters were interesting, but I found the story to be lagging and I just couldn't get into it.

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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.

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.

Mar 17, 2018

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


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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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