“The Child Finder” x Rene Denfeld

“The Child Finder” x Rene Denfeld

The Child Finder

Rene Denfeld


“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… She understands children like Madison because once upon a time, she was a lost girl too… (GoodReads)”


The title and the synopsis of this book led me to believe I could really enjoy it. It took me a little while to get used to bouncing between characters. I felt like it was written as if I were watching the scenes instead of reading them, if that makes any sense. At times, I felt I needed a little more detail and description. Fortunately, Denfeld writes with such compassion and delicacy when describing what one could imagine are very graphic and heartbreaking images.

I definitely think this novel will be a very good movie due to the mysterious past of the main character, Naomi, and the intense, controversial story plot. Denfeld is a child abuse survivor and an investigator and her experiences are reflected in her writing. The novel is suspenseful so I believe a film could magnify it. Overall, it was a quick read with a positive ending.




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