A haunting, richly atmospheric, and deeply suspenseful novel from the acclaimed
author of The Enchanted about an investigator who must use her unique
insights to find a missing little girl.
“Where are you, Madison Culver? Flying with the angels, a silver speck on a wing?
Are you dreaming, buried under snow? Or—is it possible—you are still alive?”
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, the Culvers turn to Naomi, a private investigator with an uncanny talent for locating the lost and missing. Known to 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?
Told in the alternating voices of Naomi and a deeply imaginative child, The Child Finder is a breathtaking, exquisitely rendered literary page-turner about redemption, the line between reality and memories and dreams, and the human capacity to survive.
“My lord—what a book. The Child Finder is nothing short of a literary miracle. Part American fairy tale, part page-turning mystery, part love story, Rene Denfeld guides her readers into desperate, dark horrors of the American psyche where, miraculously, she discovers hope, beauty, heroism and redemption.” — Nicholas Butler, bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs and The Hearts of Men
“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
“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, bestselling author of The Night Circus