“No matter how far you have run, no matter how long you have been lost, it is never too late to be found.”
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.
“Fear never keeps anyone safe”
The ability to tell such a deeply powerful story of loss, redemption, and the relentless pursuit of the truth takes a hugely talented author. Rene Denfeld told this very story of a trapped girl, desperate parents, and the child finder with so many secrets of her own. Told in alternating voices gave this story rich, meaningful layers. As the layers unfolded, Naomi’s past, her memories, and the connection to the present are revealed.
We devoured this book. Denfeld wrote with such detail and description that we felt part of the story. We ached for Madison and what Naomi endured. Her descriptions were so vivid and made the reader visualize each scene as if living it for real through each character.
“It will be people like us that save the world, she said: those who have walked the side of sorrow and seen the dawn.”
We look forward to reading more from Rene Denfeld!
Rene Denfeld is a bestselling author, journalist, and licensed investigator. Her debut novel, THE ENCHANTED (Harper 2014) won numerous honors, including the prestigious French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence in Fiction, a Carnegie listing, listing for the International Dublin Literary Award, Book of the Year for the Oregonian, and a finalist for the Center for Fiction Flaherty-Dunnan prize. She has written for The New York Times, The Oregonian, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Rene lives in Portland, Oregon, with her three children, all adopted from foster care. Her second novel, THE CHILD FINDER, will be published Sept. 2017.