Can you still be lost even when you are found?
A year ago, Naomi a private investigator specializing in missing children, made a promise that she would not take another case until she found her younger sister who has been missing for years. Naomi has no picture, not even a name. All she has is a vague memory of trapdoor, a strawberry field at night, and black dirt under her bare feet as she ran for her life. Naomi was nine when she was found. She had been missing for five years.
Naomi’s continuing search for her sister takes her to Portland Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets, searching for money, and food. Though she does not want to get involved, Naomi is unable to resist the pull of the children in need and the fear she sees in the eyes of a 12-year-old girl name Celia, who is running from her abusive step-father and an addict mother.
THE BUTTERFLY GIRL is captivating and an impossible book to put down. It’s a perfect blend of characters, setting and story. The twenty-five year-old Naomi is my favorite character of the year, perhaps even a character for the ages. She is someone you will be thinking of long after the the cover is closed. Her strength, resolve and intensity to find her sister are brought to life of the pages.
Naomi’s connection with Celia is also poignant and the author effortlessly blends Naomi and Celia’s story, adding both depth and emotion to the novel.
RENE DENFELD is a lyrical storyteller. She uses butterflies to bring beauty and imagination to a raw and haunting story of survival and resilience. I first fell in love with Naomi when I read The Child Finder in 2017 and honestly hope she appears in Denfeld’s future books. It’s so important to have books with strong female characters, who can take care of themselves, survive the unimaginable and serve as a role models for us all.
My favorite part of the story was how Celia finds hope and solace among the butterflies. She spends her days at the library to escape the dirty and difficult streets of skid row and she surround herself with pictures of colorful butterflies.
DENFELD is the author of The Child Finder (2017), and The Enchanted(. Her books always explore themes of survival, resiliency and redemption. She lives in Portland, Oregon where she is a happy mom of three kids adopted from foster care, as well as other foster kids.
Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher Harper Collins
Published October 1, 2019