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The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
  

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.

If you like Kate Hamer you might also like to read books by Eowyn Ivey, Emma Donoghue and M. L. Stedman.

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.  You can read their full reviews by clicking here.

  • Phylippa Smithson - 'What a troubling, powerful and total emotional roller coaster of a story – brilliant!'
  • Melanie Rose - 'Gripping page-turner.'
  • Judith Cooper - 'An amazing debut novel and a recommended read.'
  • Sarah Harper - 'Immediately gripping, intensely moving and totally unforgettable this is an astoundingly well written and compelling debut novel.'
  • Rebecca Whymark - 'Not a bad book but not one I will probably re-read.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'Truly gripping and sad at times but so worth reading! I recommend this for anyone who enjoys thrillers.'
  • Jacki Moorcroft - 'Every parent’s nightmare has just come true for Beth in this compelling, page turning book which will keep you enthralled through to the last page.'
  • Joan Hill - 'This is a very good debut novel. I was quickly engrossed by the fine storytelling in the voices of Beth and Carmel.'

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Synopsis

The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different - sensitive, distracted, with an heartstopping tendency to go missing. Her 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 Carmel for an outing to a local festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears into the crowd. 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. But do the real clues to Carmel's disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?

About the Author

Kate Hamer

Kate Hamer grew up in Pembrokeshire. She did a Creative Writing MA at Aberystwyth University and the Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course. She won the Rhys Davies short story award in 2011 and her winning story was read out on Radio 4. She has recently been awarded a Literature Wales bursary. She lives in Cardiff with her husband and two children.

Author photo © Mei Williams

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Publication date

24th December 2015

Author

Kate Hamer

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Publisher

Faber & Faber Fiction an imprint of Faber & Faber

Format

Paperback
384 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
All Shortlists and Winners
Family Drama
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780571313266

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