Book Review – The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

Goodreads Synopsis:

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?

My Opinion:

Naomi Cottle is the child finder. She has built quite the reputation for herself and is determined to solve every missing child case that comes her way. Madison Culver went missing at the age of five and has been gone for three years. Desperate for answers, Madison’s parents call on Naomi to help find her.

For the most part there are three alternating storylines – Naomi’s present day search for Madison, flashbacks to Naomi’s childhood, and Madison the missing child.

I found Naomi’s childhood fascinating! It is easy to see why she does what she does for a living. She helps to provide closure for the parents she is working for, which is ironic because she herself is in desperate need of closure stemming from her own childhood. Her work completes her, she needs it every bit as much as it needs her. It gives her a sense of purpose.

In all honesty it took me awhile to warm up to this story, but by the time I reached the end my heart grew three sizes and I ended up really enjoying it.

I love Rene Denfeld’s writing style! It is almost poetic at times. I look forward to seeing where this series goes in book two!

Book Details:

My Rating: 4/5
Genre: Mystery
Series: Naomi Cottle, #1
Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: 9/5/2017

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