From the blurb:
Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her.
Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas.
But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. Can she find the child and also find out why this particular case is stirring the shadows of her own memories?
Published by W&N – 11th January 2018
The Child Finder is the second novel by American author, Rene Denfeld. Set in Oregon, it centres around the character Naomi Cottle, a woman who has made it her job to look for missing children. So it might seem like missing Madison Culver is just another case for her to solve. However, Naomi grew up in Oregon, and so coming back home again brings back some memories about her own childhood that have been fixed in the depths of her soul for years.
I first heard about this book from a fellow booktuber and blogger – Russell @ Ink and Paper Blog. If you are familiar with Russell’s channel then you’ll know he mainly reads literary fiction, and loves the beauty of the written word. And he has raved about this book. And so I had to pick it up.
I was lucky enough to receive an early copy of this book from a Goodreads giveaway and when it came in late December I had to see what Russell’s ravings were all about. Although this is a mystery/thriller, and has all the ingredients needed for a great story in this genre, it’s the writing that really pulled me in. From the beautiful, vivid descriptions of the forests of Oregon, to the voices of the characters, Denfeld has an amazing way with words that lift the story off the page.
What I also appreciated about the book was the subtlety Denfeld had when it came to some really sensitive topics and moments in this novel. It is a quiet book, and the way these themes and events were handled meant that it stayed quiet. It allowed the reader to reflect on the power and significance of every page, and to be drawn in to the intricacies of this case that Naomi has been tasked to solve. What happened to Madison Culver?
I enjoyed this book so much and would urge you to go and read it. I’m off to put The Enchanted, her first novel, at the top of my TBR pile.