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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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.

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.

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jachayden
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.

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Newmommy09
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.

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tinaperoni
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.

jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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PJD
Oct 27, 2017

It was good but not great.

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jenwallace
Oct 20, 2017

This was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late to finish it last night! It is a bit disturbing, but so we ll written and engrossing. I love how the author weaved the story together and added the magical aspects to it. Highly recommend.

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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