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This book was filled with hints at deep dark back stories and hidden plot lines--but in the end, to me, the writing never reached beyond the obvious and the predictable. The characters remained flat and undeveloped no matter how much this reader tried to connect. The narration maintained the same unwavering degree of intensity throughout the story independent of what was happening at the time in the plot.
I found the whole thing exhausting and thought it felt like a contrived moody set up for a series. Be aware the book presents children in peril and suffering from extreme abuse. There is a strong feeling of voyeurism in the telling of this story. I am really sorry I wasted my time.
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I was blown away by this novel. The concept of the Child Finder herself was very unique and captivating, and the story, between different points of view, contained elements of magical realism that I have never experienced before. The writing was lush and exquisite, and the narrator did great justice to the author’s work. I became lost in this icy, haunted landscape as Naomi works in her subtle, quiet way to try to find a little girl who has been lost from the regular world for many years. The descriptive beauty of the words coming together to form such haunting, beautiful writing was brilliant, to me- as if each word carried meaning. The words could be strikingly painful, brutal while also profoundly touching and affecting, and redemptive. I loved this book and give it my highest recommendation!
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