Published 11 January 2018 in Hardback by Weidenfield & Nicholson (an imprint of Orion Publishing)
Naomi Cottle finds missing children. When the police have given up their search and an investigation stalls, families call her.
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.
But Naomi knows that Madison isn’t dead. Can she find the child and also find out why this particular case is stirring the shadows of her own memories?
Firstly many thanks to the publisher for an arc of what will undoubtedly be one of my reads of the year.
A multilayered story told from different perspectives, as Naomi is called in to search for Madison who disappeared three years earlier, what follows will cause Naomi to search deep into her soul and her past as she gets closer to the truth, this is a story of love and hope. A story which deals with difficult and sensitive issues, I don’t want to go into the story in any detail so as not to spoil it for the reader.
The author paints a vivid landscape of the forests of Oregon and brings them beautifully to life in a way in which you can’t help but feel you are there in the snowy depths.
Rene Denfield certainly knows how to grab the reader by the heart and not let go, a dazzling and mesmeric read with a savage rawness that will haunt and suck you in.
Be warned this could keep you up late at night as thanks to the writing style and pace of the story you will find it hard to put down.
This should be on every reader’s list this year