The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
Naomi finds lost children. She isn’t infallible but she’s got a pretty good track record. She knows how and where to look. She knows that just because a child has been gone for a few years doesn’t mean the child is dead. Naomi is uniquely qualified to find lost children because she was lost herself, and even now she doesn’t know where she went lost from.
Five year old Madison disappeared when her parents took her to a dense Oregon forest to find their Christmas tree and her mom has been holding out hope that her daughter will come home ever since. Her father and law enforcement are sure that Madison died that day. Naomi takes the case to bring Madison back, be she dead or alive.
I was very impressed with Denfeld’s prior book, The Enchanted, and she pulls the same trick in this one: making you feel a shred of empathy for a character you never thought you would feel anything for but extreme loathing. In my mind that takes a lot of talent. She also has a lyrical writing style that really brings you into the story and walk alongside her characters. A great choice in both print and audio.