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?
“No matter how far you have run, no matter how long you have been lost, it is never too late to be found.”
Rene Denfeld, The Child Finder
The Child Finder was a captivating novel with impeccable and poetic writing. Though, I felt the flow of the story dragged a bit at the beginning. Regardless, I’m a sucker for strong female characters and the protagonist, Naomi is as bad ass as it gets (think dragon slayer). While on the journey to find Madison, Naomi is also working through her own demons and tragic past. I found myself rooting for her throughout the book. Writing about sexual abuse can’t be easy, and I feel Denfeld delivered a touching story of how resilience and survival are possible after unimaginable horrors. I would definitely read her future work and will add her first book, The Enchanted to my (never-ending) tbr list.
An enormous gracias to Edelweiss and Harper for providing me with an arc of the book in exchange for an honest review.