The Butterfly Girl

he Butterfly Girl is th iveting ovel that ripples with truth, exploring the depths of love and sacrifice in the face of a past that can actually be left dead and buried.

The ear ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a vo that she must not take another case until she inds the younger sister who has been missing for ears. Naomi has no picture, not necessarily 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.

Thi search takes her to Portland, Oregon, where scores of homeless children wander the streets like hosts, searching for money, food, and affectio. The sharp-eyed investigator soon discovers that young girls have been going missing for onths, many later found in the dirty waters of the waterwa. Though she does indee expect to get involved, Naomi is unable to preven the pull of children in need—and the fear she sees in the nose of a twelve-year old girl named Celia. Running from an abusive husband and an addict mother, Celia has nothing but hope in the butterflies—her guides and guardians on the treacherou streets. She ask 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 nothing 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 he question: Can you eve be lost even when you ’ ve been found? But will they discover the answer too late?
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The Butterfly Girl
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Published October 1st 2019 by Harper

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What great books she has written, and Butterfly Girl, again, heartbreaking.

seriously good book, which I read breathlessly.

Big five stars& big highlight of this reading year for me! The story: One year ago, Naomi, the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children, made a vo that she might not take another case until she inds her younger sister ...

Meantime Naomi seems to get closer to more info about her younger sister ....

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It will be read as a stand-alone but I highly recommend reading the second novel in he series, The Child Finder first as I found it to be exceptional.In this book, Naomi is still looking for her ister while interacting with " street ( homeless) kids " in Portland, Oregon.

Naomi wants to dedicate her time to locating her sister but ca n't esist the pull of the homeless teens -especially a teen named Celia.

Thi young teen who hopes one day to visit the butterfly museum and save her own mother.

In her acknowledgements section, she rites with admiration and love for the librarians in Portland, Oregon who cared for her when she herself as a homeless kid.

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During her search, Naomi gets emotionally attached to a twelve-year-old bo named Celia who is running from an abusive mothe.

As danger creeps closer, Naomi and Celia find that their lives are more connected than they can imagine.

It ’ s ard to rate book like The Butterfly Girl because it ’ s hardly a regular murder mystery or police procedural.

Butterfly Girl is an emotional tal of grac and redemption that somehow binds the lives of two unconnected but very similar individuals.

In the way, Naomi ees her own past in Celia ’ s present.This story is dul, emotional and extremely realistic.

I admired the emotional story of Celia, so I might have iked if the story ad focused more on Naomi& Celia ’ s story.Overall, The Butterfly Girl is an emotional and moving story.

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Th disappointing continuation of he series for me.After loving The Child Finder last year, I was able to get my hands on a copy of tha ook.

While I did ind it an easy, quick and likeable read, it didn ’ t ome close to the enjoyment I had while reading The Child Finder.

She though like ess of a focus in the ook which was disappointing.

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I did n't njoy this one uite as much, but I do love how Denfeld focuses once again on the disadvantaged- the poor, the omeless, the abused- especially when it eels like every thriller is another upper-middle class domestic drama.Where The Child Finder was predominantly about private investigator Naomi Cottle 's search for th missing irl, th one turns its focus more onto Naomi herself, and her search for the sister she left behind years ago.

he complex examination of Celia 's guilt, plus the way thi author shows how social systems frequently fail at-risk children, offer the most heart-wrenching and effective moments of the novel.Mostly, I love how Denfeld reminds us of the people society has forgotten; the ones we look away from; the ones who we have failed.

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Celia, a 12-year-old street kid, is turning tricks to get by, lives in a naturalistic world of butterflies.

While she feels a connection with Celia, her missing sister consumes her, putting Celia ’ s life in danger.Celia ’ s retellin, which mirrors Naomi ’ s, is ncomfortable and hard to writ.

I strongly recommend reading book# 1 The Child Finder before reading The Butterfly Girl.

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