The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat

A Novel

Book - 2016
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Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different--sensitive, distracted, with an heart-stopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to build a new life for the two of them. When she takes Carmel to a local festival, her worst fear is realized: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone forever, 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? --Publisher
Publisher: Brooklyn :, Melville House,, [2016]
ISBN: 9781612195001
Branch Call Number: FIC HAME
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 24 cm


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Mar 14, 2020

Pointless meandering story - not even suspenseful... Not worth the time, Kristi & Abby Tabby say all paws down.

Feb 26, 2018

More psychological drama than suspense thriller, THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT is a story of the practical and emotional consequences of child abduction as told through the alternating voices of the victim and the parent. After being kidnapped, the young Carmel finds herself in strange circumstances, and like the book ROOM, she relates her experiences from her own unique perspective. In this her debut novel, author Kate Hamer effectively communicates Carmel’s mother’s desperation and anguish. Hamer definitely has a gift for prose which is very beautiful and eloquent. The first half of the book definitely kept me engaged, but somewhere in the middle I began to lose interest. The captors were not what I expected, actually they were rather mediocre and boring. And after a lengthy story line, the ending seemed rushed and with mystical overtones that left me with lots of unanswered questions. Despite all this, I think Kate Hamer is a promising writer, and I’m willing to give her another try in the future.

May 07, 2017

Although I wouldn't call it "enjoyable," this was an engrossing read. The subject matter is difficult - the abduction of a young girl, and I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly sympathetic, but that's what made it interesting. It not a book with a tidy conclusion, but I have thought about the story a number of times since I finished it. I look forward to more from this author.

Oct 24, 2016

I don't usually read this kind of story; this one was compelling. At least nothing really bad happened to Carmel. Plausible story line.

Cynthia_N May 15, 2016

Interesting story. I like seeing it from the mother's point of view and the daughter's. We see the divorced mother and father become supportive of each other in their moving on and we see Carmel struggling to hold onto her identity.

Mar 29, 2016

All the mumbo jumbo about the laying on of hands was a turn off for me. Also it was never clear to me why the grandfather character chose this particular child to abduct.
Was it or was it not completely random? I think there was a good book in there somewhere, but it didn't quite come out in my opinion.

KateHillier Mar 28, 2016

It was an interesting read to start for sure. A child vanishes and we follow what happens to 8 year old Carmel (yes, that is her name) and we also follow her mother, Beth, as she searches and deals with the emotions and other assorted issues when a child vanishes. I found following Beth a lot more interesting than following Carmel. Time does different things to both of them and they each change a lot so seeing how time and experience worked on both mother and daughter was what kept me reading until the end.

ehbooklover Mar 25, 2016

3.5 stars. An engrossing book about the abduction of a young girl that is told from the perspective of the girl and her mother. While I wouldn't consider this a page-turner, I had a difficult time putting the book down for any length of time as I constantly wanted to find out what would happen next.

Apr 03, 2015

On the surface this is a story about the abduction of a little girl who believes her mother has died and that she is now in the care of her grandfather who she has never met. The real story underneath deals more with the mother/daughter relationship. The book is narrated in part by the child which was a turn off for me.


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