The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld (£12.99, Weidenfeld & Nicolson)

Madison Culver has been missing for three years after a family outing to choose a Christmas tree in the freezing Skookum National Forest, Oregon. She’s presumed dead by all but her parents, who, in desperation, hire independent investigator Naomi Cottle to look for her. As Naomi searches for Madison, deeply buried memories of her own past are triggered as she begins to recall the trauma of her own abduction as a little girl. A compelling story of survival and identity with intensely drawn characters and an intelligent, fast-paced plot. Part mystery, part fairy tale, this is also a real white-knuckle read where the suspense ratchets up to almost unbearable proportions. Prepare to put your real life on hold while you’re reading!

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