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  • Barbara Copperthwaite

‘Evocative & raw’ #Bookreview THE CHILD FINDER @renedenfeld @benwillisuk @orionbooks

‘Heartbreaking, stunning, beautifully-phrased, and delicately judged’


Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience, that allows her to succeed when others have failed.

Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they’d gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure.

But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison’s disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life?


I started this book immediately after finishing The Dry, and the two setting couldn’t be more different – The Dry being set in the heat of drought in Australia, while The Child Finder takes place in a snow-filled forest. It gave me shivers, not simply through evocative sense of place, but also the horror of the story playing out.

It’s not often the phrase ‘beautiful’ can be used about a crime book, but The Child Finder really is something quite special, utterly unique in its ability to spin a gorgeous fairytale over the horror of child abduction. Doesn’t sound possible, does it?…TO READ IN FULL, CLICK HERE

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