The Girl in the Red Coat
Carmel has always been different.
Carmel's mother, Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own.
When she takes eight year-old Carmel to a local children's festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears.
Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her.
Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own, with a man who believes she is a saviour.
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Just like the other successful thrillers sharing part of its title (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train), The Girl in the Red Coat keeps the reader hooked — and awake into the small hours...
The Girl in The Red Coat is shot through with menace.
Told alternatively from Beth and Carmel's points of view, Hamer is incisive when it comes to the former's distress, "my panic a brick in the building that was made, hour by hour, of events – standing there for all time instead of crumbling away into memory".
This accomplished and enthralling debut novel follows what happens after the abduction of an eight-year-old girl, Carmel. Told from both her and her mother's points of view, this had me guessing until the very last page.
Hamer’s novel aims to be more than a thriller, and the real heart of the book is not its suspense, but its explorations of grief and how we weather it.
Each chapter gets increasingly addictive as you question the motives behind her abduction.
Told in two very different voice, this debut is moving, tender and tense, exploring love and loss from the view of adult Beth and her otherworldly child in a way that's devastatingly convincing.
This book is unlike anything else.
It was only on completing her polished page-turner of a novel that she realised she had written about Little Red Riding Hood with a sinister new spin.
An intense, and tense, stunning debut. Early on we encounter a maze, but the whole book is a kind of maze, and one full of striking imagery and chilling atmosphere.
Moving, convincing and completely compelling. I read through the night, desperate to know the little girl's fate.
There is menace in this book, lurking in the shadows on every page, but also innocence, love and hope. Beautifully written and unpredictable, I had to stop myself racing to the end to find out what happened.
Kate Hamer's novel is both gripping and sensitive - beautifully written, it is a compulsive, aching story full of loss and redemption.
Thought provoking and emotionally tender, The Girl in the Red Coat is a remarkable debut novel.
Gripping...Carmel, the 8-year-old who goes missing in Ms. Hamer’s novel, is a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood, a girl who strays off the path and into the woods and is horribly snatched away by a big bad wolf.