- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: W&N (11 Jan. 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1474605532
- ISBN-13: 978-1474605533
- Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 2.7 x 14.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Child Finder Hardcover – 11 Jan 2018
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Poetic... Redemptive... Unflinching (Barry Forshaw FINANCIAL TIMES)
A moving tale of resilience and hope in the face of the worst of humanity (Jon Coates DAILY EXPRESS)
A compelling blast of cold air from the wintry woods, with elements of a dark fairytale (Alison Flood OBSERVER)
The sense of physical and psychological isolation is palpable in this moving exploration of loss, hope and human resilience (Laura Wilson GUARDIAN)
Denfeld's haunting, disquieting and tension-filled tale is brilliantly told (IRISH INDEPENDENT)
A truly mesmerising and deeply moving story (HEAT)
Part mystery, part fairy tale, this is also a real white-knuckle read where the suspense ratchets up to almost unbearable proportions (CANDIS MAGAZINE)
Rene Denfeld has a gift for shining bright light in dark places. The Child Finder is a gorgeous, haunting gem of a novel. Raw and real yet wrapped in a fairy tale, as lovely and as chilling as the snow (Erin Morgenstern, NYT bestselling author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS)
A darkly luminous story of resilience and the deeply human instinct for survival, for love. Blending the magical thinking of childhood, of fairy tales, dreams, memories and nightmares, The Child Finder is a terrifying and ultimately uplifting novel that demands to be consumed and then once inside you - lingers... (A.M. Homes, author of MAY WE BE FORGIVEN)
A glittering gem of a story - part mystery, part fairy tale, and all white-knuckled, edge-of-your-seat thriller . . . readers will be drawn in by Denfeld's lyrical prose and undone by the brutal reality that Naomi uncovers, just beneath the snowy forest floor (Library Journal)
Naomi finds missing children, that's just what she does. The snow girl is waiting to be found. But this case opens an uncomfortable window onto her past. From the author of The Enchanted, an utterly compelling novel for fans of Room and The Lovely BonesSee all Product description
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This is a novel that gets under your skin and steals a place in your heart and head, and one that I will come back to again and again. It is a novel of untold horrors (indeed, they are mostly untold, Naomi does not remember what happened to her and the snow child escapes into her imagination to cope with her incarceration) and cruelty, but also hope, resilience and forgiveness.
The writing is lyrical and concise and have a strange fairy tale quality that really appeals to me. The depth and layers in this book are intricate and absorbing. Yes it is a story about a person who finds missing children, but it is also a story illuminating the power of the imagination, the horror of victim turned perpetrator, the growth of a human soul, the power of love and so much more.
I would urge anyone to read this book, and my thanks go to the publishers and net galley for the advanced copy in return for an honest review.
Also the narrative goes back in time and recounts how Naomi was left at the Sheriffs office by migrants who may or may not have found her. The problem is that Naomi's can not remember but as this case develops fragments of memory begin to return until a terrifying scenario is presented at the end of the book regarding what may have happened to her. Also at the same time as the Madison case Naomi takes on another which is quite heart breaking to read in its conclusion.
Crime thrillers set in winter conveying the majesty and danger of the natural world are something of a genre and the writing here which at times is quite lyrical is a worthy addition to this. The ending of the book certainly leads to the possibility of a sequel which I for one would be most interested to read. This is a recommended read from me.
The book was the subject of a local book group discussion.
We follow Naomi, a woman in her twenties who has established a career as a Child Finder. She is a private investigator, with a passion for finding the lost. Naomi was once a missing child herself, which means she has a strong attachment to her work and for the voiceless. Naomi does not know what happened to her, in her childhood. She has lost her memory, of those dark days. She has coped by moving forward and keeping her distance from the world. She now traces missing children, when their parents have given up hope and are falling apart. She digs for information, reads intuitively between the lines and investigates suspects and geographical locations. Naomi is on the case of a child, who vanished in the snow in Oregan. Madison is missing and hope is fading fast. Can Naomi use her skills to trace Madison? Can Naomi find answers to the missing years in her past?
This is a tough and emotive subject, tackled with sheer brilliance and intelligence. It is one outstanding read, that it is impossible to put down. Instead of going into detail about the abuse, the author cleverly weaves a mythical spell as we see into Madison’s vibrant imagination. Madison’s survival is based on her fairy stories, day dreams and myths. We see Madison learning the new rules in her strange captive environment. She fears the monster. She lives in hell. She befriends the monster. She fights back.
What sets this apart from other missing child dramas, is the bitter wintery atmosphere, beautiful magical mood and gorgeous, evocative language. Denfield infuses The Child Finder with hope and life. She presents evil intertwined with survival. She combines a harsh, bleak environment, with a child bursting full of life in her fairy tale imagination. We know the Madison is going through major trauma and abuse. We feel for her. We have hope that Naomi will trace her.
Original. Exceptional. Compassionate. Rene Denfield deserves to win many new readers with The Child Finder. Recommended.
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