The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat

eBook - 2016
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* An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2016
* Costa Book Award for First Novel finalist
* Dagger Award finalist

"Kate Hamer's gripping debut novel immediately recalls the explosion of similarly titled books and movies, from Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and its sequels, to The Girl on the Train to Gone Girl ... "--Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

"Keeps the reader turning pages at a frantic clip... What's most powerful here is not whodunnit, or even why, but how this mother and daughter bear their separation, and the stories they tell themselves to help endure it." --Celeste Ng ( Everything I Never Told You )

"Compulsively readable...Beautifully written and unpredictable, I had to stop myself racing to the end to find out what happened." --Rosamund Lupton ( Sister )

"Both gripping and sensitive -- beautifully written, it is a compulsive, aching story full of loss and redemption." --Lisa Ballantyne ( The Guilty One)

"Hamer's dark tale of the lost and found is nearly impossible to put down." --Booklist

Newly single mom Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing.

And then one day, it happens: On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone.

Shattered, Beth sets herself on the grim and lonely mission to find her daughter, keeping on relentlessly even as the authorities tell her that Carmel may be gone for good.

Carmel, meanwhile, is on a strange and harrowing journey of her own--to a totally unexpected place that requires her to live by her wits, while trying desperately to keep in her head, at all times, a vision of her mother ...

Alternating between Beth's story and Carmel's, and written in gripping prose that won't let go, The Girl in the Red Coat--like Emma Donoghue's Room and M. L. Stedman's The Light Between Oceans--is an utterly immersive story that's impossible to put down . . . and impossible to forget.
Publisher: Brooklyn : Melville House, [2016]
ISBN: 9781612195018
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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May 07, 2017

Although I wouldn't call it "enjoyable," this was an engrossing read. The subject matter is difficult - the abduction of a young girl, and I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly sympathetic, but that's what made it interesting. It not a book with a tidy conclusion, but I have thought about the story a number of times since I finished it. I look forward to more from this author.

Oct 24, 2016

I don't usually read this kind of story; this one was compelling. At least nothing really bad happened to Carmel. Plausible story line.

Cynthia_N May 15, 2016

Interesting story. I like seeing it from the mother's point of view and the daughter's. We see the divorced mother and father become supportive of each other in their moving on and we see Carmel struggling to hold onto her identity.

Mar 29, 2016

All the mumbo jumbo about the laying on of hands was a turn off for me. Also it was never clear to me why the grandfather character chose this particular child to abduct.
Was it or was it not completely random? I think there was a good book in there somewhere, but it didn't quite come out in my opinion.

KateHillier Mar 28, 2016

It was an interesting read to start for sure. A child vanishes and we follow what happens to 8 year old Carmel (yes, that is her name) and we also follow her mother, Beth, as she searches and deals with the emotions and other assorted issues when a child vanishes. I found following Beth a lot more interesting than following Carmel. Time does different things to both of them and they each change a lot so seeing how time and experience worked on both mother and daughter was what kept me reading until the end.

ehbooklover Mar 25, 2016

3.5 stars. An engrossing book about the abduction of a young girl that is told from the perspective of the girl and her mother. While I wouldn't consider this a page-turner, I had a difficult time putting the book down for any length of time as I constantly wanted to find out what would happen next.

Apr 03, 2015

On the surface this is a story about the abduction of a little girl who believes her mother has died and that she is now in the care of her grandfather who she has never met. The real story underneath deals more with the mother/daughter relationship. The book is narrated in part by the child which was a turn off for me.


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