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, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062659057
Characteristics: 273 pages ;,22 cm.


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Jun 22, 2018

I could not put the book down, great story.

May 22, 2018

The focus of this novel is that which is every parent's worst nightmare, the search for a missing child. Naomi, The Child Finder, was a lost child herself but we only know about how she was found and nothing about her story before that. As a result, she has the uncanny ability of finding missing children and has made a career out of it. Madison has been missing for 3 years and her parents hire Naomi to help them locate their daughter. The book switches between the point of view of Naomi and Madison with the occasional point of view from other characters. It is beautifully written but seemed choppy at times. There was one part of the novel that loosely connected to the rest of the story and so I'm not sure it was a necessary add. Nonetheless, the novel was a page turner. It took a different spin on the missing child case than one might expect and the characters were interesting. I became invested in the story and the characters and was afraid to finish in case the outcome was not one that I could handle.

ehbooklover May 04, 2018

This was a beautifully written book with amazing characters, an atmospheric setting, and an ultra-compelling story. I finished this in just one day because once I started it, I could not stop reading it.

Apr 08, 2018

This book was excellent. The author set the book in moutains of Oregon and description of the setting was wonderful you felt like you were in the forrest. She created strong characters who were not only brave but lived through abuse and a hard life. One seeks lost children while she is not sure of who she is or where she came from. She is compelled to bring home all the lost children and give the parents closure if nothing else.

Mar 26, 2018

I really liked this book and could not put it down. I am actively searching other books or stories written by this author. It was so well written!

Mar 25, 2018

Amazing, emotional and redemptive - I put it down occasionally just to stretch out the experience. Would love to read sequels of the woman known as "The Child Finder." One of those reads that will stay with me...

Mar 19, 2018

Couldn't read this -- waaay too dark for me.

Mar 15, 2018

Author's writing style is unlike others who pursue similar topics - finding missing children taken by abusive abductors. I don't like novels with flashbacks and this novel has oodles of them from the lost child, the child finder, the abductor, parents' stories, the ranger, trappers, etc. Everyone has a back story and Denefeld provides them. I think her investigative and journalistic background shows in the story's construction. Author provides a positive ending for all.

DPLalyssab Mar 09, 2018

Haunting, engaging story set in Pacific Northwest

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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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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