THE CHILD FINDER
Imagine getting lost in a forest in the middle of winter… and suddenly waking up in a cave like environment with a strange man hovering over you? Imagine being so young, and so innocent, that you don’t understand where you are, and result to convincing yourself that you are living a story right out of a book.
Rene Denfeld’s newest book The Child Finder is eerie, thrilling and a book of hope in some ways. When young Madison goes missing while with her parents, Madison’s parents hire Naomi, a private investigator but known as “The Child Finder” to find their daughter.
Denfeld is an inspiring writer, and was the chief investigator at a public defender’s office and worked with hundreds of cases that included sex trafficking victims and innocents in prisons. She has also been a foster adoptive parent for the past twenty years.
MY THOUGHTS ON THE CHILD FINDER:
I really enjoyed this book. It took me just a few days to finish because I couldn’t put it down. I loved how it would change between different character perspectives – it offered a very creepy, thrilling feel and kept feeding my hunger to find out what exactly happened to young Madison. The writing in this book was beautiful, but simple enough to understand human nature, and how PTSD can truly alter a person’s life forever. If you are a fan of thrillers/mysteries, I would definitely recommend this book! A must read for 2017 for sure!
Denfeld was gracious enough to answer a few questions for me regarding her highly successful book! Check it out below!
Q & A:
Who’s your favourite author?
Favourite book or genre to read?
You’ve written quite a few books over the years… has your writing progress changed at all?
Where do you draw your inspiration from for your novels?
You’re also a licensed investigator in Oregon which I find so cool! Would you say that being an investigator inspired you to become a writer?
In your recent novel, The Child Finder, Naomi is an investigator that specializes in finding missing children and giving parents a sense of relief… is Naomi based on you at all?
She’s younger, and specializes in missing children. But a lot of the procedural stuff she does comes from my own experience. It was a fun part of the novel to include the real, nitty-gritty shoe leather investigation techniques. I like to say 99% of investigations is diligence. It’s knocking on door after door. It’s getting people to open up and talk. It’s finding forgotten records. Mostly it is keeping at it until you find the truth. In that way Naomi and I are the same—we are dedicated to finding the truth. But she is a much different person in other ways. I wanted to create a character that lived and breathed apart from me.
Some Russian “fairy tales” were used in The Child Finder, are you a fairy tale fan? What would you say is your favourite?
How has being an investigator, a writer, and a foster-adoptive parent changed you as a person?
Do you plan on writing another novel any time soon?
Any advice for young aspiring writers out there?