Five-year old Madison Culver disappeared in the woods of Oregon on a family trip to get a Christmas tree. After three years, her desperate parents enlist the help of Naomi Cottle, a private investigator known for her gift for finding missing children. Once a missing child herself, Naomi’s search takes her deep into the woods of Skookum National Forest and its harsh landscape. As Naomi unravels the mystery of Madison’s disappearance, flashes of her long-buried past appear in her dreams and memories of a horrible loss begin to surface.
In The Child Finder, author Rene Denfeld weaves an evocative story that is part mystery, part thriller, and part fairy tale. The story alternates between the points of view of Naomi and the Snow Girl, a girl born in the forest who has no memory of her past life. The Child Finder is a richly layered story of guilt, regret, abuse, and above it all, hope. The fortitude of the characters and the twists in their journeys make this a hard book to put down.
For more insight into the story, make sure to Rene Denfeld’s author acknowledgements at the end of the book.