The Child Finder

Title: The Child Finder

Author: Rene Denfeld

Published: September 5th, 2017

Pages: 274

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Fiction, Suspense

Publisher: Harper Collins

Check out from Parker, CO Library 


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

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?Wreath(13)-Black

Things I enjoyed about this book: 

After putting this book down I felt a sense of calm which is not the norm for a suspenseful mystery book. As the details of the novel built up it became more heart wrenching. I was amazed at how well I got to know the characters despite the length of the book. Even thought this took my a while to read (life is crazy right now), it was a quick read!

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy: 

Even though I did feel closure with the two cases Naomi worked on, I didn’t feel much closure with her life. We had a small glimpse but not enough to satisfy me. I mentioned above that I didn’t finish the book and stay up all night with the light on because I was terrified. I stayed steady the entire time, excited but not on the edge of my seat which is what I expect with thrillers.



Rene Denfeld deserves 4 out 5 bird feathers for her book The Child Finder. I really enjoyed this book! I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a good child abduction book. Rene had the ability to intertwine stories and show her strength as a writer. Some authors have a hard time keeping the plot straight, but this flowed well. The scenery was constructed beautifully, there were many times I had to grab my blanket because I felt like real snow was enclosing in on me. I enjoyed my journey with Rene and the child finder! I took one feather away because I didn’t think the story as an entirety fit the confines of the genres selected for this book. Overall, I’d add it to the list!

P.S I loved reading Rene’s Acknowledgment at the end. I don’t usually do that but learned that she is a foster adoptive mom, one of the coolest things I think you can do. Impressive bio!

Parent’s Guide:

I’m having a hard time recalling any foul language, if there was any it was minimal. It did insinuate that sex was happening. Pretty clean book, setting child abduction aside and the things that tend to go on with that.

Also if you haven’t yet please head on over to The Book Doctors and read my pitch for NaNoWriMo Pitchalooza 2018 to help me win fan favorite for The Cost of Silence, my first novel! The contest ends April 1, 2018!


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