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The Lost Girls

Kate Hamer

Happily ever after was just the beginning . . .

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‘Beautifully written, intense.’ LISA BALLANTYNE
‘A thrilling, emotive and heartfelt mystery.’ CHRIS WHITAKER


Lost, she narrowly escaped disaster.

Beth is desperate to return to normality. After a years-long ordeal, her daughter is finally home and safe. But Carmel has questions she can’t ignore about the cult that kidnapped her, and about the preacher who gave her another girl’s name.

Found, she must survive a miracle.

Digging into her past, Carmel uncovers secrets which suggest that she wasn’t the only lost girl – and which puts her in danger all over again. While her mother struggles to salvage the safety they’ve only just found, Carmel tries to come to terms with who she has become. One question, a mystery at the heart of her disappearance as a child, haunts her:

What happened to the other lost girls?

‘As affirming as it is devastating.’ CAILEAN STEED
‘Reads like a shiver down the spine.’ ANNA BAILEY
‘As ever, Kate’s prose is beautiful and immersive.’ REBECCA WHITNEY

Praise for Kate Hamer:
‘Deliciously dark.’ CLARE MACKINTOSH
‘Keeps the reader turning pages at a frantic clip.’ CELESTE NG
Her writing is as vivid, nasty and beautiful as a bruise.’ METRO

**Read the start of Carmel and Beth’s story in The Girl in the Red Coat – available now!**

Critic Reviews

A beautifully written, intense novel that is both thought-provoking and unsettling - in some places a terrifying read.

Lisa Ballantyne
Critic Reviews

THE LOST GIRLS by Kate Hamer is a deeply moving novel about healing, connection, and the power of the past. The characters will stay with me a long time - they felt so real and I was desperately hoping for a happy ending for them all. Hamer has written a spellbinding, enchanting novel that is as affirming as it is devastating.

Cailean Steed
Critic Reviews

I found it a very moving book, with characters that really wrenched my heart and a wonderful ending that left me in tears.

Sarah J. Naughton
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A thrilling, emotive and heartfelt mystery that kept me turning the pages late into the night. A more than worthy follow-up to the sublime The Girl In The Red Coat.

Chris Whitaker
Critic Reviews

I read and loved THE LOST GIRLS. Such a beautiful portrayal of a mother-daughter relationship with all its missteps and miscommunication, and a deep seam of love running through. I was fascinated to visit the post-crime world of THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT, and witness the ramifications the abuse has on an adult Carmel, and the ripple effect of trauma on family and friends — a viewpoint you rarely see. The hold and power the pastor has over Carmel is truly terrifying, while her desire to rescue other lost girls in order to heal herself, demonstrates what a pure soul she is. As ever, Kate’s prose is beautiful and immersive, and I’m so grateful Carmel and Beth find a way to heal what was taken from them.

Rebecca Whitney
Critic Reviews

The Lost Girls is both beautiful and gripping, with Kate Hamer's exquisite writing lifting this twisty tale above the crowd.

Renee Knight

Kate Hamer grew up in the West Country and Wales. She studied art and worked for a number of years in television. In 2011 she won the Rhys Davies short-story prize and her short stories have appeared in various collections. Her debut novel The Girl in the Red Coat was published in 2015. It was shortlisted for the Costa First…

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