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The Girl in the Red Coat

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One of our Books of the Year 2015.

Shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2015.

A stunningly original debut that weaves a multitude of emotions throughout. Single parent Beth has a hard time keeping her daughter Carmel from randomly wandering off.  Then, when Carmel is eight she really does get completely separated from her mother and is taken in by a ‘grandfather’ figure.  Naturally one assumes the worst.  He tells her that her mother has been hit by a car and is in hospital.  He takes her to a derelict house in Wales and eventually tells her her mother is dead.  Then he takes her to America and things get very weird.  We stay with her and her first-person narrative up until she is thirteen.  We see her mother during this period too and after a slow start we race into a gripping ending.  The book is beautifully underwritten, intensely moving and very atmospheric.  Highly recommended. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

Shortlisted for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award 2015.

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