The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

Book - 2017
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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.
ISBN: 9780062659057
0062659057
Characteristics: 273 pages ; 22 cm.

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BeckyR21
Apr 26, 2019

This book, despite the subject matter, is excellent. Denfeld is a master storyteller; the writing is superb, the characters are complex, the plot is well paced. The focus moves from one character to the next with ease and the back and forth between the present and past is so well done. I would have quit reading a book of this nature penned by less capable hands. Very impressive.

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ValinOR14
Mar 07, 2019

This book is a difficult one for me to review. It has such fabulous reviews! Hmm. I feel as though I read a different book. So many parts of the book felt off or didn't ring true. I felt that Madison came across as far too mature for a five-year-old (aging to an eight-year-old) girl. I felt as though some of the parts pertaining to Naomi came across as too immature for a woman who was supposed to be in her 20s or 30s. (I can't remember, exactly.) Sometimes she seemed less mature than Madison did! I also found some parts of the book to be downright sappy - reminding me too much of a Hallmark movie.

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Adw555
Feb 22, 2019

Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A true literary psychological thriller.

Naomi is The Child Finder...she has a gift for finding lost children, having been one herself. Madison, a little girl, has been missing for 3 years. Her parents refuse to give up hope that she will be found, and therefore turn to slightly more unorthodox methods.

Naomi is approached by these desperate parents, and once she accepts, she is determined to leave no stone unturned in her quest to find the missing child. As her investigation develops, clues regarding Madison’s disappearance are uncovered. Will Naomi find out what happened to Madison? Will she find out what happened in her own past as well?

Pros: The writing in this book is simple but absolutely spellbinding. Mrs. Cottle, Jerome and The Snow Girl are heartbreakingly perfect.

Cons: Underneath the pretty words is a very disturbing story, so that may be a deterrent to some folks.

Overall, this book is a step above most in this genre. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up another one by this author. Highly, highly recommended.

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snailgem
Oct 16, 2018

Really good. I recommend this book. Just keep in mind that sometimes it gets a little intense, like when we're hearing things from the girls viewpoint

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Ricegirl1959
Sep 13, 2018

I do not usually read the comments before adding my two cents worth on an author's work. However, this time, I did take the time. I found some moving, some beautiful, and one or two perhaps a little clueless. Perhaps that is after years of watching programs such as "Criminal Minds," "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (Sex Crimes)," and not a few actual crime re-enactments procedural documentaries.

I was very grateful for the lack of explicit gore regarding human on human violence, trapping descriptions were more than sufficient. The writer displayed an almost Hitchcock-like ability to merely infer feelings of terror, abandonment, desperation, confusion, and the need to survive at what cost.

Denfeld is great at character development as well as plot and keeping the reader wondering what was going to happen next. I am looking to read more of Her books. Unfortunately, children, people go missing every day. There are limited resources to find them. I am glad for Denfeld and people like her to do her kind of work. It takes skill, a strong will, a strong body and mind, and most of all a huge heart - one that can break little by little and keep coming back to help the next person who needs to be found.

ArapahoeJohanna Jul 15, 2018

It's rare to find such a dark story told with such empathy and compassion for the characters. As a grown-up missing child herself, the investigator is a fascinating character with a unique perspective. Set in the beautiful winter woods of the Pacific Northwest, the story is haunting and fraught with tension. I'll definitely be on the lookout for more from this author!

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Pisinga
Jul 13, 2018

Very good book. At times, it is hard to read, heart bleeds, because of the described cruelty to the most vulnerable.

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JLMason
Jul 02, 2018

This is an uncomfortable and unpleasant story. All the euphemisms and careful wording force the reader to imagine the horrors that the children are subjected to. The precocious resilience of the abducted child strains credibility, but her dissociation into an imaginary world is believable. In the end, what was the point?

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egirons
Jun 24, 2018

I didn't find the book believable. A six year old is still a six year old and does not have many of the abilities this child is supposed to have. The trapper was a kidnapped child himself. He takes his skins in and gets TV dinners. How did he figure out where to take the skins? How much should he get for them? Nobody tries to communicate with him? The trapper just happens to be in the right place at the right time to take the child to his cave before freezing. In that vast wilderness? I can see a sequel coming up.

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stali
Jun 22, 2018

I could not put the book down, great story.

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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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