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The Butterfly Girl by Rene Denfeld

The Butterfly Girl

Rene Denfeld

3.71 out of 5

3 reviews

Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 3 Oct 2019
ISBN: 9781474607605

Naomi 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?

4 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
1 Nov 2019

"A follow-up to the excellent The Child Finder"

American writer Rene Denfeld’s The Butterfly Girl is a follow-up to the excellent The Child Finder, with thirtysomething private eye Naomi Cottle continuing to look for the sister she has not seen since they were both abducted as children...

Denfeld expertly evokes the lives of the vulnerable in society.

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4 stars out of 5
Joan Smith
20 Oct 2019

"(a) hard-hitting novel about the murders of homeless children in Oregon"

The American author Rene Denfeld draws on first-hand knowledge for The Butterfly Girl, her hard-hitting novel about the murders of homeless children in Oregon. Denfeld lived on the streets herself as a child, and some of the most vivid passages are based on her memories...

In an atmosphere of dread, it becomes apparent that someone is stalking Celia, leading to a climax that exposes decades of murder and abuse.

3 stars out of 5
Alison Flood
8 Oct 2019

"Denfeld, a death penalty investigator, paints a distressingly realistic portrait of life on the street"

Naomi Cottle, a private investigator who finds missing children, is looking for her own sister. The trouble is, she doesn’t know her name: Naomi herself escaped from captivity at the age of nine, and was found running through an Oregon strawberry field at night, her memory wiped clean by terror.... Denfeld, a death penalty investigator, paints a distressingly realistic portrait of life on the street, but her writing sometimes becomes rather florid as the two elements of her story begin to intertwine.