The Girl in the Red Coat (Hardback)
A stand-out debut, THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT is the page-turning and hugely moving story of an abduction that will appeal to fans of THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS, ROOM and THE SNOW CHILD.
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Shortlisted for the 2015 Costa First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award
‘Mesmerising, compulsive, deliciously dark’ LUCY FOLEY
Carmel is missing – but doesn’t know she’s lost.
When sensitive, distracted eight-year-old Carmel becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, a man claiming to be her estranged grandfather finds her – and takes her.
Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth makes it her mission to find her. But in what she’s told is her new family, Carmel has embarked on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.
‘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.’ CELESTE NG
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Moving, convincing and completely compelling. I read through the night, desperate to know the little girl's fate.
Trust us: this book is unlike anything else.
2015's oh-so-chilling thriller breakout.
Unpredictable and moving.
Like Emma Donoghue did in ROOM, Hamer starts off with a premise we think we know - an abducted child - and takes the reader somewhere completely unexpected. This is a beautifully written and highly original story that is gripping, thought-provoking and emotionally tender.
Thrillers about abducted children are hardly a fresh idea, but Kate Hamer's debut novel may be the most original take on the subject since Ian McEwan's The Child In Time...There is a surreal, fairytale-like quality to this unique and beguiling book.
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