Gilbert Speaks on The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld

2 Dec


I had not read Denfeld’s first novel, The Enchanted, but I will be doing this very soon. I’d been given a gift certificate to an independently owned bookshop, and I stopped in to pick out the latest tell-all book on trump. Luckily, my love of mysteries took hold, and I picked up a crime novel about a missing child. Will The Child Finder find a special place on my book shelf?

The Child Finder

Every time I hear about a missing child, I often wonder if they’ve fallen into the clutches of a pedophile, or the agents of human trafficking. Most times, it’s just a case of a disgruntled parent taking the child as rebellion against the law…but many times…too many times…that child is in the clutches of evil entities.

Madison, a delightful and smart little five-year-old is out with her family looking for a Christmas tree in Oregon’s Skookum National Forest. Madison becomes separated from her parents, and although search parties look for the child along the snow covered hills, the consensus is that after three years of searching, Madison is dead. Madison’s parents don’t believe she’s dead, but possibly abducted, and call it a woman known as the Child Finder.

Naomi, like the child she is searching for, was a victim of pedophiles. Naomi’s earliest memory is of her running naked through an open field. Luckily, Naomi was found by a group of good-hearted migrants who bring her to the sheriff in the next town. Naomi was raised by a kindly woman, who has taken in many abused and homeless children.

Naomi is in love with Jerome, her foster brother, but she is unable to commit to a relationship because of her nightmares. Will Jerome wait for her? While Naomi tries to track down the child, she struggles to remember what happened to her as a child…and who it was she left behind.


The Author

Rene Denfeld is an investigator for death penalty cases, and I have read that she’s handled cases of abducted children and sex trafficking victims. I was touched that she is a foster mother, and this may be why her story truly understands the mind of a child…especially a child held captive a pedophile. What surprised me the most was how Denfeld handled the story of Mr. B, the man who found Madison almost frozen to death in the snow. I have no sympathy for pedophiles, but with this book, Denfeld was able to get me to understand how monsters are formed. Check out her bio because Rene Denfeld sounds as amazing as her heroine.


The Child Finder will be a welcome treasure to my collection. I give it a five-star rating.

2 Responses to “Gilbert Speaks on The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld”

  1. Victoria Marie Lees December 3, 2018 at 7:03 pm #

    Many times, Marie, it’s about the character’s past [backstory] that makes him or her the way he or she is in story. I, too, have no tolerance for pedophiles. This story sounds very scary to me because it is too like real life. I think you’re right. Rene is truly an interesting writer. Thanks for sharing this with your followers. All best to you!

    • gilbertspeaks December 3, 2018 at 9:40 pm #

      Thank you Victoria. I think it was the way that it was handled in good taste that made this story easy to handle in spite of the subject matter.

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