The Child Finder

The Child Finder

A Novel

eBook - 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: 2017
ISBN: 9780062659071
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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LPL_KimberlyL Jan 20, 2018

It's odd to say that a book with such a dark premise is so beautifully written, but it is. Rene Denfeld has her own traumatic history and has considerable social justice work, which lends a note of compassion to this literary thriller. The plot is terrifying in it's reality, but ultimately it is one of redemption and hope.

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jachayden
Jan 15, 2018

Boring. A lollygagging tale of a whole bunch of nothing happening. Very little information on how this woman is going about her search. Literally the majority of what is described is her going into random stores, looking around, asking one or two vague questions, and then going for a hike. Like, that's her crime-solving strategy. And then on the side her pretty much adopted brother is more or less forcing her into a relationship, using her unstable past and the death of their shared adoptive mother as leverage to get her to sleep with him, and then using her sleeping with him to guilt her into a longer relationship. Don't really see the point of this book and not sure how it could be acclaimed by anyone. Finished reading 1/14/18.

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Newmommy09
Dec 06, 2017

Wow. One powerful, devastating book. Beautifully written. Tears shed after reading this one. Vivid characters, like you can see and smell the setting, feel compassion for all the characters, my heart aches. It'll take time to recover after a book like this for me.

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tinaperoni
Dec 01, 2017

I didn't really like the book. The characters were interesting, but I found the story to be lagging and I just couldn't get into it.

jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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PJD
Oct 27, 2017

It was good but not great.

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jenwallace
Oct 20, 2017

This was an amazing book. I couldn't put it down and stayed up way too late to finish it last night! It is a bit disturbing, but so we ll written and engrossing. I love how the author weaved the story together and added the magical aspects to it. Highly recommend.

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LJAdrian
Oct 20, 2017

All of the previous praise and more! A haunting book; impossible to really describe. Definitely worth the read.

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Reads_A_Lot
Sep 21, 2017

Survivor stories are my favorite. Add an outdoorsy element to it and I like it even more. I'm pretty stingy with my 5 star ratings but this was so good I couldn't put it down. Started it at breakfast and finished it by bed time. The horror of Madison being abducted and what she endures is counteracted by her hope, strength and will to survive. Naomi is a shining light with a gift for finding abducted children. I just loved her character. A little bit fragile herself from her own haunted past, but also strong and determined to help these lost children. I did not want this book to end. I hope there is a sequel following Naomi and Jerome as they look into Naomi's past.

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lola_jane
Sep 20, 2017

There is both beauty and evil in the world and Denfeld brings them together in this novel. This will not be for everyone - the subject matter is disturbing - but the lyrical writing, honest observations of the best and worst of human nature and the glimmer of light and hope keeps you reading.

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jabberbooky Nov 13, 2017

Compulsively readable!

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