The Butterfly Girl: Naomi Cottle #2 by Rene Denfeld – A year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she finds the younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of a strawberry field at night, black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life.
The search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like ghosts, searching for money, food, and companionship. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for months, many later found in the dirty waters of the river. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the eyes of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive stepfather and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the dangerous streets. She sees them all around her, tiny iridescent wisps of hope that soften the edges of this hard world and illuminate a cherished memory from her childhood—the Butterfly Museum, a place where everything is safe and nothing can hurt her.
As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find echoes of themselves in one another, forcing them each to consider the question: Can you still be lost even when you’ve been found? But will they find the answer too late?
Publisher: Harper (October 1, 2019)
Genre: Psychological Thriller. Mystery, Suspense
About the author: (from Goodreads.com) Rene Denfeld is the bestselling author of THE CHILD FINDER, THE ENCHANTED and the forthcoming THE BUTTERFLY GIRL, which Margaret Atwood raved on twitter is “a heartbreaking, finger-gnawing, yet ultimately hopeful novel.”
Rene’s poetic fiction has won numerous awards including the French Prix, an ALA Medal for Excellence and an IMPAC listing. Rene works as an investigator, including exonerating innocents from prison and helping sex trafficking victims. Rene has also been a foster parent for 20 years, and is the happy mother to several children adopted from foster care. In 2017 she was awarded the Break The Silence Award for her advocacy work, and the New York Times named her hero of the year.
Review of The Butterfly Girl
The Butterfly Girl is the second book in the psychological thriller series, Naomi Cottle by Rene Denfeld. A fast-paced thrilling standalone novel that is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat wanting more! Denfeld writes and intense and captivating portrayal of the kids of the streets, the system they fight against, and the way their lives resonates with authenticity and empathy. When reading Denfeld”s you get a glimpse at the way she pokes holes in the way that society views certain issues and the topics that we all know exist but are hesitant to talk about. A story with a message that is strong and helps to look at the issues with clear eyes and a hopeful heart. The Butterfly Girl is a story of heartbreak and hope that is sure to stay with you long after reading. **I receive a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.**