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The Butterfly Girl

by Rene Denfeld

Crime / Mystery Family Drama Thriller and Suspense

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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 Butterfly Girl Synopsis

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.

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The Butterfly Girl Press Reviews

A heart-breaking, finger gnawing and yet ultimately hopeful novel by the amazing Rene Denfeld -- Margaret Atwood

The Butterfly Girl is a beautiful and very moving novel about lost souls. This heart-stopping thriller left me breathless -- Shari Lapena, author of 'The Couple Next Door'

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 -- Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

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. -- Mary Kubica, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Good Girl

There is a beautifully plangent, poetic quality to her depiction of a world that she knows all too well., SUNDAY EXPRESS

Vivid, SUNDAY TIMES

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ISBN: 9781474607629
Publication date: 09/07/2020
Publisher: W&N
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474607629
Publication date: 9th July 2020
Author: Rene Denfeld
Publisher: W&N
Format: Paperback
Genres: Crime / Mystery, Family Drama, Liz Robinson's Picks of the Month, Thriller / Suspense,
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About Rene Denfeld

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.

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