“A heart-breaking, finger gnawing and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld.” —Margaret Atwood via twitter. OUT NOW!!!!

The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years.

The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?

“Equal parts chilling, tragic and hopeful, Rene Denfeld’s new novel combines her haunting, lyrical prose with a page turning and harrowing mystery, putting The Butterfly Girl into a league of its own.” — Mary Kubica, bestselling author of The Good Girl.

“The Butterfly Girl is a beautiful and very moving novel about lost souls. This heart-stopping thriller left me breathless.” — Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

New York Times Book Review—rave 

Washington Post feature and review 

Amazing SF Chronicle review 

Wonderful WaPo review 

Spokesman Review and interview 

Publisher’s Weekly rave review of The Butterfly Girl 

goodreads reader reviews of The Butterfly Girl