Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Child Finder Review

The Child Finder (Untitled Series #1)
By: Rene Denfeld

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?



I'm going to start this review with a rather embarrassing confession; before last week I had never been on Indigo's website. Sure, I have visited my local Coles bookstore a handful of times (if you understood how much of a ghost town our mall is and how out of the way it is you would understand why I don't go there more often) but I had never gone to their website to order anything or even just browse. However, that changed when I got an Indigo gift card for Christmas and now I'm pretty sure my bank account will never be the same. I decided to buy books that I hadn't heard of and are not already on my 'To Be Read' list, so I chose from their bestsellers sale list, and after reading my way through all the different book summaries one of the books I chose was The Child Finder. I can honestly say that had I been able to view the cover in person it is most definitely a book I would have chosen to read, as I have a penchant for pretty book covers and this one is made of some sort of shimmery paper. Between the shimmery paper, the pretty snow scene and the beautiful blue/green colour scheme I would not have been able to resist it. Usually when that happens, me choosing a book based on the appealing cover, I end up disappointed that the story did not match the cover in greatness, I can honestly say that this book could not be labelled the same way. 

A thriller, mystery is not my typical choice of genre as of late, but it was a reminder to me of how much I really do enjoy that particular genre. The writing came alive in this book and there were definitely some creepy moments when I was glad that I was reading in the middle of the day surrounded by people (yes, I'm a bit of a scaredy cat when it comes to suspense). I have to say that I was most impressed by the vocabulary and descriptors used by the author when describing the sexual abuse suffered by victims. It's hard enough to read stories about children being helpless victims, but getting more in detail than necessary has definitely put me off books in the past, however, I do tend to be more forgiving if a book is non-fiction but since this one was not I was grateful to the author for allowing child victims some privacy and dignity when talking about the abuse they receive at the hands of their abusers. She didn't gloss over any detail but rather told it in a way that was heartbreaking and respectful to those children. 

There was a lot more going on in this book than I had anticipated. The main character, Naomi, was investigating two missing child cases simultaneously as well as dealing with her own childhood flashbacks/memories, and her current circumstances with her romantic issues. During all that there were the snow girl points of view. It was a lot to keep track of and sometimes it got a little confusing trying to figure out what was past and current. The different stories could have been more precisely separated to make everything more straight forward. Things got a little slower moving in the middle of the book when Naomi was dealing with her feelings about Jerome, it was dragged on a little longer than it needed to with unnecessary flash backs into their shared childhood. For a romance lover like myself I was surprised that I wasn't all that interested in Naomi's relationship with Jerome, but that really wasn't what this book was about. 

The book ended with Naomi deciding to investigate into her own past and find out what happened to her and were she was. I am looking forward to the next installment and learning more about Naomi's childhood and how she came to be a lost child. If the writing in the second installment is as suspenseful as the first one then I have no doubt that the author will have another bestseller on her hands. 

Final Rating:
✬✬✬✬✫
Probability of Rereading:
Yes

Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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