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, [2017]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062659057
0062659057
Branch Call Number: FIC DENFE
Characteristics: 273 pages

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Hayley_Simmons
May 22, 2018

The focus of this novel is that which is every parent's worst nightmare, the search for a missing child. Naomi, The Child Finder, was a lost child herself but we only know about how she was found and nothing about her story before that. As a result, she has the uncanny ability of finding missing children and has made a career out of it. Madison has been missing for 3 years and her parents hire Naomi to help them locate their daughter. The book switches between the point of view of Naomi and Madison with the occasional point of view from other characters. It is beautifully written but seemed choppy at times. There was one part of the novel that loosely connected to the rest of the story and so I'm not sure it was a necessary add. Nonetheless, the novel was a page turner. It took a different spin on the missing child case than one might expect and the characters were interesting. I became invested in the story and the characters and was afraid to finish in case the outcome was not one that I could handle.

ehbooklover May 04, 2018

This was a beautifully written book with amazing characters, an atmospheric setting, and an ultra-compelling story. I finished this in just one day because once I started it, I could not stop reading it.

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reader7176
Apr 08, 2018

This book was excellent. The author set the book in moutains of Oregon and description of the setting was wonderful you felt like you were in the forrest. She created strong characters who were not only brave but lived through abuse and a hard life. One seeks lost children while she is not sure of who she is or where she came from. She is compelled to bring home all the lost children and give the parents closure if nothing else.

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chrisbee55
Mar 26, 2018

I really liked this book and could not put it down. I am actively searching other books or stories written by this author. It was so well written!

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dnnowak
Mar 25, 2018

Amazing, emotional and redemptive - I put it down occasionally just to stretch out the experience. Would love to read sequels of the woman known as "The Child Finder." One of those reads that will stay with me...

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SRZ37
Mar 19, 2018

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

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gloryb
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

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mjk236sb
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.

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cecil3
Jan 23, 2018

A marvelous book. The writing paints such vivid pictures.

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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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