Sometimes you pick up a book to read, it's well written, it's a fun concept, you enjoy the book, but you're always aware of the fact that you're reading. You check the page numbers to see how far you've read and how far you have to go. How much further until you're halfway? 172 pages, you can knock that out before bed!
Then there are the books where reading feels effortless, the words are like butter, and you completely lose track of time. The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld falls into the latter category.
The writing, story, and characters are all impeccable. There isn't an emotion I didn't feel while reading this book. It's beautiful, tragic, and dark at times, but even the hardest to read parts are tasteful. It makes you angry at the kinds of people who exist in this world, and then a couple of pages later, it makes you smile with joy at all the good.
The Child Finder follows Naomi, a former child abductee-turned-investigator who specializes in locating missing children while also searching for her own answers. The narration of the story effortlessly switches back and forth between Naomi's perspective and that of one of the children she's trying to locate.
While I had received an advanced copy of this book for review, after putting it down, I immediately went out and bought a copy to support the author. That copy will be given away on my Twitter account in the near future as I believe more people need to read and experience The Child Finder.
If that doesn't sum up my feelings on this book, I don't know what will. I think this is an amazing idea for a series of novels and hope this isn't the last we see of Naomi.