The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

Book - 2017 | First edition
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Three years ago Madison Culver went missing at the age of five while looking for a Christmas tree with her family. Private investigator Naomi Cottle continues the investigation and believes that Madison's disappearance can only be the result of an abduction. Naomi's personal journey from foster child to adulthood parallels her search for Madison, and as her fears and sources of determination come to light, the narrative also dips into Madison's mind, allowing readers to experience her terrifying ordeal at the hands of her captor.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
Branch Call Number: FICTION DEN
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN: 9780062659057


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I love detective stories. This one is very different from my usual ones. The main character, Naomi, is so interesting. She searches for missing children, and while being great at that, she is searching for her own sister. They were held captive but escaped when she was about 9 years old, but her ... Read More »

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Feb 15, 2021

Great book

Jan 20, 2021

This book is a gritty subject matter, but the author makes it a great read. The girl Mackenzie is missing in the woods, and her story turns out to really blossom. It has a lot of nature in it that is really well written into the story. The Child Finder Naomi is looking for lost children, but there is a piece of herself she needs to find. Very nicely written,a good read.

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.

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.

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!

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."

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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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