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The Butterfly Girl
The Butterfly Girl: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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The Butterfly Girl is a riveting novel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that cannot be left dead and buried. 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 needand 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 butterfliesher 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 childhoodthe 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 youve been found? But will they find the answer too late?
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flying_monkeys
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“What the children needed, she told them, was to hear they were loved. Not loved despite what happened to them. Loved including it. That‘s what we all want, Naomi thought...”

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”It made Celia think of how butterflies turn poison into protection. The monarch eats milkweed plants and turns them into honest-to-God cyanide, so any predator that eats it will die. Celia liked that. She wished she was capable of killing men for just a taste. She imagined what the streets would look like then. But the poison comes with a cost, she thought. The butterfly, eaten, still dies.”

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WanderingBookaneer
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Loving this cover!

Balibee146 It's fantastic 👍 3w
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Lizpixie
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Bk2 in my #libraryhaul is the sequel to The Child Finder, a book I read in 2017. After the events in Bk1, Naomi, an investigator specialising in child abductions, is now dealing with the memories of a sister lost when she was an abducted child herself. Following a lead to Portland, Oregon, she finds that young girls have been going missing for months, only to be found later in the river. I really liked the 1st book so have high hopes for this.

Bklover I didn‘t realize this was out! I really really liked The Child Finder- will be looking forward to your thoughts on this one. 3w
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rsteve388
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This book should come with a trigger warning. It has homelessness and molestation and was really hard to listen to. A beautiful story about resilience and the difficulty it takes to keep hope in times of dire needs.

This story is labeled as a thriller psychological suspense and while it had those components my initial feeling of the story is that what makes it scary is that the author describes homelessness so accurately. #Teamslaughter

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rsteve388

Start this book yesterday. I am working my way through two books in this last week. 1.) NO Exit and 2.) The Butterfly Girl. I am currently up to Chapter 16 to 26 today. #TeamSlaughter @Clwojick

Also are you all ready for #AllHallowsRead I can't wait to open my box tomorrow!

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BookBelle84
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This was a beautifully written book. Rene Denfeld shows a side of homeless youth that most people don't understand, like she did in The Enchanted with death row inmates. She creates amazing empathy as a reader and her characters are so complex. While this book is technically a mystery I think it was so much more. It will certainly make me look at the homeless in my own city under a while new light.

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Kimbono
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Next up...

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MelindaOtt
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I was a little perplexed when I saw that The Child Hunter had a sequel, but I knew I had to read it. This one wasn't an easy read--you can apply pretty much all the trigger warnings to this book, but it was a beautiful read. Denfield's language is evocative and she can write about even the ugliest things in a way that is still beautiful. My one caveat is that I would definitely recommend reading The Child Finder before this one.

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Such beautiful writing.

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JenReadsAlot
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So good! I've loved every book by this author. #catsoflitsy

overtheedge Gorgeous cat 2mo
JenReadsAlot @overtheedge Thank you! 2mo
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Reagan
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I‘m failing super hard at reading this slowly and savouring every word. I was on page 40 this morning and I cannot stop reading.

JenReadsAlot I'm so excited for this book! 2mo
CBee I didn‘t realize there was a 2nd book in the series! Devoured the first one! 2mo
Reagan @JenReadsAlot @CBee I finished it and loved it!! I hope there is another one. 2mo
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bookishkris
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Five stars, fan-freaking-tastic, all the good review things. This was amazing. I loved The Child Finder (loved it even more upon rereading), and this did not disappoint. As always, the children were just as richly drawn as the adults, which shows the respect Denfeld has for children. The writing was beautiful, and while I kind of assumed how things would turn out, I liked the way it was handled. A must read if you liked The Child Finder.

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Sign up for The Butterfly Girl drawing at https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/contact-me Registration ends 9/30/19. Book publishing 10/1/19.

Well-ReadNeck 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 3mo
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Finished listening to this book on audio—what an exciting finale! And while two characters were on the train through the forest, I was on a train through Baltimore! (Or should‘ve been, if Amtrak wasn‘t delayed 😤)
Some of the landscape evokes the industrial unkempt area of Portland that provides setting for the book...

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The Butterfly Girl is the sequel to Child Finder, a novel I LOVED!! This was just as good if not better. I am in love with Rene Denfeld's writing 💜.

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irre
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June 2019
It‘s been a busy month.
Favorite: Ask Again, Yes

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Lots of great reads there! 💖📖💖 5mo
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irre
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Another great novel by Rene Denfeld. Difficult subject matter, but still full of hope.

JanuarieTimewalker13 I still need to read this author! I own 6mo
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irre
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Lots of great books today. I‘m most excited about the tagged book. My kids were happy too with all the books I got for them. #BookExpo

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Flying through this advanced copy. So heartbreaking.

JenReadsAlot I loved her other books! 8mo
irre I can‘t wait to read it. Such a great author! 8mo
Kappadeemom This book. Ohmygosh. It was so good and so hard to read. As someone who lives in a small town,I haven‘t really thought that much about homeless children (and why they might be homeless). I think I am like a lot of people that think that someone in “authority” can take care of them. These children get murdered and/or go missing and then forgotten within a few hours. Gut wrenching but a great book. 8mo
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