The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

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 las...

Details The Child Finder

TitleThe Child Finder
Release DateSep 5th, 2017
GenreMystery, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews The Child Finder

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I cannot in good conscience give this anything less than 5 stars. I'm not sure I have the words to properly describe just how The Child Finder made me feel; it was heavy and disturbing in many ways but contained a haunting beauty that only Rene Denfeld seems capable of mastering. The writing was lush and exquisite, containing her signature trademark stamp of magical realism. I was completely lost in this icy, poignant world, and I can honestly sa...
  • Emily May
    "What were you running from, then?" she had asked."Monsters," was all that Naomi could remember. This is the second book I've read by Denfield, the first being The Enchanted, and both have really affected me. She captures all the ugliness and horrors of our world and wraps it up in a story that feels almost like a fairy tale.I doubt The Child Finder will become as popular as the recent buzz book My Absolute Darling, but it is everything I had hop...
  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...I was very excited to read THE CHILD FINDER. This was another novel that I flew through as once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down."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, after three years missing, you are still alive?" Three years ago, the Culver family drove to...
  • Will Byrnes
    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. Rene Denfield’s first novel, The Enchanted, was a dazzling look into a dark place. It showed that even under the bleakest circumstances life and hope can find a way to make the unbearable into a transcendent experience. No sophomore jinx here. Denfeld has done it again. There are similarities in core concept betwee...
  • Elyse
    Lately I feel like a broken record ....."This is the best book".....sad, beautiful....extraordinary....written exquisitely!!! Another book - where I was choked most of time. I can't imagine 'anyone' not being completely affected by this book. Author Rene Denfeld outdid herself. "The Enchanted" was phenomenal... yet this is more so. There have been many books about missing children....but Rene Denfeld gave us very unique storytelling- that is so p...
  • Annet
    It is never too late to be found....Absolute highlight of 2017!When I read 'The Enchanted' by Rene Denfeld I was in awe and speechless... The beauty and the darkness of that book made it exceptional and really something else. This second book of this wonderful author, The Child Finder is equally beautiful and dark, grim, deeply disturbing even... a weird but also fascinating combination. And a book full of emotion, hurt, love... The last 20 or so...
  • Linda
    "Once upon a time," she said, "before I can remember."And like a crisp Russian folktale encased in icy frost and deep layers of snow, Rene Denfeld combines a fairytale-like setting with the harsh edges of this world's razored reality.Naomi stares at a frontdoor yet to be answered. She knows only too well what lies beyond. Naomi is a private investigator known as "The Child Finder". The Culvers' daughter went missing three years ago in Oregon's Sk...
  • Kaceey - Traveling Sister
    5 magnificent stars!!It is so rare that a book deeply touches me, leaving me emotionally taxed by the end. This one did just that.Naomi calls herself the child finder. She has dedicated her life to finding missing children. Parents seek her out when law enforcement is unable to bring their kids home. Once lost herself, she knows only too well the evil that lurks out there. And she knows equally well how to hunt down these despicable predators and...
  • Mischenko
    See this review @ witnessing many friends rate and review this book so highly, I had to read it! I was lucky enough to be the first in line for it at my library.The story begins with Madison, a young girl who is in search for the perfect Christmas tree alongside her parents in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. She’s only five-years-old and suddenly disappears. Her parents are distraught and search...
  • Diane S ☔
    I read this quite a while ago but held my review until it was closer to the publishing date. As you can see I was blown away by her writing and the fantastic way she assembles her story lines. As in the first book, she tackles imprisonment, but in this book it takes a new form. She also highlights the strong will to survive and the ways this is managed, even in horrific circumstances. In her first book she used a form of magical realism, in this ...
  • Larry H
    You've got that right. But it's not Gaston who has slayed me this time, it is Rene Denfeld's exquisite new book, The Child Finder.Denfeld has left me breathless before, with her incredible debut novel, The Enchanted (see my original review), which made my list of the best books I read last year. With her second novel, she proves her talent for creating exceptionally memorable characters and beautiful stories which you cannot get out of your mind....
  • Paromjit
    This is a melancholic, sorrowful, bleak and atmospheric crime mystery set in the vast glacial forests, snow and ice of Oregon where danger lurks for the innocent and the unwary. Imprisoned by her self imposed loneliness, Naomi is a determined child finder, her reputation precedes her, although she is not always successful and sometimes she finds a dead child. She was once a lost child, taken and kept for many years until she is recovered. There a...
  • Jen
    Denfeld takes us into the deep, dark recesses of a child gone missing for 3 years. The stories conjured up as part of survival. The imagination and its vividness making the missing girl, no longer Madison, but instead now, Snow Girl.Enter Naomi "the Child Finder". She hunts missing children, some more successfully than others. Her own tragedy the catalyst for her search. But this one brings home the truth of her own abduction.Denfeld is a marvel....
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Madison Culver disappeared three years ago when her family was choosing a Christmas tree in Oregon's SnookumNational Forest. They tried to find her but she was nowhere to be found. Later a blizzard happened so they thought she might of been buried in the snow or scavenged by animals.No one could survive for long in the woods. Especially not a five year old girl dressed in a pink parka. Madison Culver loves Reading and writing and going for nature...
  • Karen
    An absolute 5 star read!!A five year old girl goes missing during a family outing to the woods to find a Christmas tree, much snow falls here in Oregon and it is a difficult search.Naomi, a renowned Child Finder is sought out by the parents to work this case after a few years of no leads. Naomi has a personal history of being lost herself.This is the story of Madeline, the missing girl and also of Naomi's search in finding herself.I just loved th...
  • Luffy
    There are a lot of good things about this book. But the writing sometimes is too purple, know what I mean. I'm not able to fully immerse myself into the story because of that. But apart from that, I have no complaints.5 stars can be given to perfect books, but also flawed masterpieces. Three years ago from now, a child has disappeared and her parents turn to Naomi to find her. She will find her, at all costs. Naomi herself was a lost child. This ...
  • Meredith
    The Child Finder is a disturbing, yet magically beautiful tale about survival and freedom. When children go missing, Naomi, a private investigator, makes it her life’s mission to find them. Once a lost child herself, Naomi seems to have a magical ability to find those who seem to be lost forever. “It will be people like us that save the world, she said: those who have walked the side of sorrow and seen the dawn" Naomi takes on the case of 5...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    5+ stars! Fantastic book! I'm in awe! I can't stop thinking of these characters. Wow!I was looking forward to reading this book after seeing all the amazing reviews and it certainly lived up to all the hype. I was worried that the magical realism element might be too much for me as that is not something I typically enjoy, yet the way it was integrated into this beautiful story was done so extremely well that I absolutely loved it! It was the perf...
  • Berit☀️✨Traveling Sister✨
    5 snowy stars for the Child Finder and the Snow Girl❄❄❄❄❄ WOW WOW WOW!!! This book was simply sTUNNING!!!I am currently putting together a list of my top Reads of 2017 this book is definitely on that list.....Rene Denfeld did not just tell you a story with this book she made you feel the story.... you felt Naomi‘s strength and inner struggles.... you felt Madison’s fortitude and innocence.... you felt the parents pain and hope.... y...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Wow!  This book was an absolutely fantastic 5 star read!Traveling Sisters Read with Norma & LindsayCHILD FINDER by RENE DENFELD is a disturbing, haunting, unique, captivating, and an absolutely exceptional novel that had us totally engaged, entertained, and intrigued throughout this whole book. This book was so magically well-written with such beautiful prose that had us savouring every single word while we were reading it. We really wanted to t...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    My first thought after finishing this book was to question how in the heck this author can make characters come to life in just over two hundred pages whereas sometimes it never happens in some puppy-squishing books? Because Wow.Madison went missing three years ago when her family drove to the woods to pick out a Christmas tree. It's always amazing how simple your day can be when tragedy strikes. Her parents have not given up hope that she will b...
  • Dem
    5 Stars......... and to think I wasn't even going to read this bookRene Denfeld's prose is beautiful and magical, a captivating and realistic tale, sad and haunting and yet so much beauty in her descriptions of people and mountain landscapes.I listened to this one on audio and the story was beautifully narrated by Alyssa Bresnahan, the pace was excellent and authors tone really added to this wonderful experience. This book surprised me as I was o...
  • Debra
    "There 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."Three years ago, five-year-old Madison and her parents were picking out a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. Somehow, she got separated from her parents and has not been seen since. She would be eight years-old today. Her parents have never given up hope and have hired Naomi who is known as "the c...
  • paulie
    for it is naomi who can find herself in madison.but can she find her?i absolutely venerate the somber, bleak, desolate tone that's carried in the title. this is my first denfeld title, but my heart actually created a little space for her for two reasons: her writing style/tone and the fact she adopted children from foster care (no, i am not a foster child).another exemplary aspect of the child finder is the way she creates complex relationships, ...
  • Carol
    "HOLY MOLY" - 5 BIG ONES! - SUCH A GREAT READ! "Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Madison. Madison didn't know how to be brave. But snow girl thought she could." Naomi is an experienced and determined investigator....a child finder, and her present case takes her on a dangerous search in the snowy Oregon wilderness for eight year old Madison Culver missing for three long years.Multi-layered, THE CHILD FINDER intertwines the search f...
  • Esil
    This powerful book helped me get out of what has felt like a serious fiction slump. I have a fully -- and I mean fully -- loaded kindle. But as I was browsing through a bookstore at the airport before boarding a five hour flight earlier today, I couldn't resist buying The Child Finder. And I read it cover to cover in one sitting -- thankfully I was not plagued by chatty seatmates. I spent the whole flight entranced, and trying to hide my teary ey...
  • Debbie
    Lukewarm turns to hot!See these hands? They weren't jones-in’ to pick up this book. Oh, I was all grabby at first, gimme gimme gimme, as I began reading. I was dying for a repeat performance of Denfeld’s The Enchanted, one of my all-time favorite books. So I was all wide-eyed, at attention, anticipating nirvana. And of course, as is so often the case, my expectations were too high. I kept hearing my wise friend say, “Lower your expectations...
  • Cheri
    “‘My husband thinks I should go back to work,’ the mother said. ‘Work is good,’ Naomi said gently. ‘I can’t,’ the mother said, and Naomi understood. You can’t leave your house if at any moment your child might come home. The door opened to a room of perfect sadness. There was a twin bed, covered with a Disney quilt. A series of pictures on the wall: ducks flying. MADISON’S ROOM, read the appliqué letters above the bed. There ...
  • *TANYA*
    Um...yeah...NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!!! What an intense book!! Ugh!! I paused so many times to catch my breath, I got that “ick” feeling on numerous occasions, I felt distressed, sorrowful. And I know I’m making it sound like I didn’t like it but in fact I did. This was a very good book, very well written, especially for the subject matters this book dealt with.
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Out today, September 5, 2017. 5★Naomi has a special calling to find missing children. Tragically, she herself is intimately acquainted with being lost and her biggest fear is finding her own missing history, her very self. She is expertly prepared in survival skills and undaunted courage as she lives in the present—going from case to case. She cannot find a future if she doesn’t know her past. She trusts almost no one and questions everythi...