'Heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, and yet ultimately hopeful' Margaret Atwood, via TwitterNaomi Cottle's sister went missing 20 years ago. Could there be a link to the street children disappearing in a nearby town? And is her sister still alive?
Naomi's job is locating missing children, but she cannot find her own sister, lost for 20 years. She has no picture, no name, just a memory of a strawberry field at night and running for her life.
Celia, a street child, has nothing but her hope in the butterflies that she imagines all around her on Portland, Oregon's dangerous streets, where young girls are going missing.
As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia must ask themselves: can you still be lost even when you've been found? But will they find the answer too late?
Rene Denfeld has a gift for shining bright light in dark places
A moving tale of resilience and hope in the face of the worst of humanity - DAILY EXPRESS on THE CHILD FINDER
A compelling blast of cold air from the wintry woods, with elements of a dark fairytale - OBSERVER on THE CHILD FINDER
There is a beautifully plangent, poetic quality to her depiction of a world that she knows all too well. - SUNDAY EXPRESS
Vivid - SUNDAY TIMES
A heart-breaking, finger gnawing and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld
The Butterfly Girl is a beautiful and very moving novel about lost souls. This heart-stopping thriller left me breathless
Equal parts chilling, tragic and hopeful, Rene Denfeld's new novel combines her haunting, lyrical prose with a page-turning and harrowing mystery, putting The Butterfly Girl into a league of its own. Fans of The Child Finder will devour this
Rene Denfeld is a death penalty investigator and the author of three non-fiction books, including the international bestseller, THE NEW VICTORIANS. She has written for numerous publications, including THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her three children, all adopted from foster care. In addition to working with death-row clients, Ms. Denfeld volunteers with at-risk youth and in foster adoption advocacy.