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Rene Denfeld - Author

About the Author

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.

Featured books by Rene Denfeld

The Butterfly Girl

The Butterfly Girl

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/07/2020

A thoughtful, emotionally challenging yet beautifully readable novel. Naomi Cottle is a talented investigator and finder of missing children, here she searches for her own sister who has been missing since they were both children. Rene Denfeld is a must-read author for me. Her debut The Enchanted (one of our Books of the Year in 2014) is still lodged in my heart and my mind, and a book I often recommend. This is the second in the Naomi Cottle series, however can easily be read as a standalone. I personally though, would make the obvious decision of starting with The Child Finder. Rene Denfeld’s working experience means that she has a knowledge of horrific crime that the majority of people won’t ever, and shouldn’t ever know. She champions the hidden, the shunned, and makes them human and relatable. Celia, the 12 year old street child, really did creep into my heart, and the social aspects of the novel hit home hard. The dramatic feeling of tension that Rene Denfeld created, remained throughout, and I really had no idea as to how this novel would end. The Butterfly Girl prods and provokes, yet is wonderfully descriptive and eloquently written and I just had to choose this as one of my Liz Robinson picks of the month.

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The Enchanted

The Enchanted

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/03/2015

One of the Top 10 books in the Lovereading Readers’ Choice Book of the Year 2014. One of our Books of the Year 2014. Once you start, you will find it difficult to put down this compelling and totally captivating novel, so set aside some quality time and take a step into the unknown. The story is understated, yet builds powerfully, drawing you deeper into the dungeon of lost dreams, where there is just the slightest, meagre window of hope. The central characters are all damaged in some way, although many sit on opposite sides of the barbed wire fence. The connections and contrasts throughout the novel should fight against each other and yet with great sensitivity, the author balances this knotty tightrope of challenging emotions.  The Enchanted is a heart-rending and harrowing novel, written with great compassion.  The authors career working with death row clients prowls in the back of your mind.  While you may suspect the ending, it is so shockingly intimate and arresting, it touches deep inside and leaves you feeling raw, battered and somehow, full of hope.Let yourself be taken by the hand by the narrator (yes, a monster) and observe with fresh eyes, our world, by one condemned to die. ~ Liz Robinson

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Other books by Rene Denfeld

The Butterfly Girl

The Butterfly Girl

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2019

Naomi Cottle is an investigator who finds missing children. But the one child she has never been able to find is her sister. The two were abducted when they were very young but only Naomi managed to escape. Now, twenty years later, there is at long last a clue that her sister might still be alive. Celia is a street child. Her life is tough and she has seen more things that any child should. But the local librarian turns a blind eye when she goes there almost every day to gaze at her favourite book, where she escapes, through her imagination, into a world of wheeling, colourful butterflies. However someone is watching Celia. Street children have been going missing and the town has been turning a blind eye. It is only when Naomi turns up, looking for her sister, that they find someone who will listen to them. And someone who might give them hope.

The Child Finder

The Child Finder

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Paperback Release Date: 07/08/2018

'A darkly luminous story of resilience and the deeply human instinct for survival, for love...The Child Finder is a novel that demands to be consumed and then once inside you - lingers...' A.M. Homes, author of MAY WE BE FORGIVEN For fans of THE LOVELY BONES, ROOM and THE ENCHANTED Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her. She possesses a rare, intuitive sense, born out of her own experience, that allows her to succeed when others have failed. Young Madison Culver has been missing for three years. She vanished on a family trip to the mountainous forests of Oregon, where they'd gone to cut down a tree for Christmas. Soon after she disappeared, blizzards swept the region and the authorities presumed she died from exposure. But Naomi knows that Madison isn't dead. As she relentlessly pursues the truth behind Madison's disappearance, shards of a dark dream pierce defences that have protected her for so long. If she finds this child, will Naomi ultimately unlock the secrets of her own life? WHAT READERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CHILD FINDER: 'A beautifully written, gripping page turner...a book that is worth searching for, bringing home, and welcoming into your family. 5*' Goodreads 'This book is dazzling and heartbreaking. 5*' Goodreads 'A wonderful, extraordinary book. The author speaks from her heart on every page.' 5* Goodreads 'I could not put this book down until the captivating conclusion.' 5* Goodreads 'I finished the book in a day, not wanting to put it down.' 5* Goodreads 'Wow...a page turner, keeping me in all weekend.' 5* Goodreads 'Loved it and will be recommending it to everyone I know.' 5* Goodreads 'The Child Finder is one of the most beautiful novels I've ever read.' 5* Goodreads

Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall

Kill the Body, the Head Will Fall

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Ebook Release Date: 29/11/2009

The outspoken, articulate, and brilliant author of "e;The New Victorians"e; debunks the persistent belief that women are inherently less aggressive and less violent than men and examines the concept of aggression in this myth-shattering, eye-opening work. Through research, interviews with experts, analysis, and her own experience in the boxing ring, Denfeld presents a revisionist view of women, aggression, and violence, and addresses such issues as why women commit child abuse and other crimes; why women often feel guilty and our of control when enraged; how female competition is often subverted into hidden, often vicious reals; and the intersection between sex and violence.

New Victorians

New Victorians

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Ebook Release Date: 26/09/2009

Journalist Rene Denfeld explains why her generation has become alienated from the women's movement, maintaining that the actions of the movement's current leadership have actually encouraged a return to the kind of sexual repression and political powerlessness challenged by feminists in the 1970s. Here she offers a practial battle plan which includes confronting the issues of child care and birth control, working for equal government representation, and treating sexual assault as a serious crime.

The New Victorians

The New Victorians

Author: Rene Denfeld Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/11/1996

Journalist Rene Denfeld explains why her generation has become alienated from the women's movement, maintaining that the actions of the movement's current leadership have actually encouraged a return to the kind of sexual repression and political powerlessness challenged by feminists in the 1970s. Here she offers a practial battle plan which includes confronting the issues of child care and birth control, working for equal government representation, and treating sexual assault as a serious crime.

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