The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer

No dragon tattoos here, The Girl in the Red Coat is Carmel, 8 year old only child of a newly-separated mother. Carmel is a strange child who gets distracted and is prone to getting lost. When she and her mother, Beth, spend a day at a festival, they get separated and Carmel disappears.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I bought The Girl in the Red Coat. I like to pick up a book in an actual book shop and read the back of it before buying, but I bought this one as it came up as a recommendation on Amazon when I was selflessly choosing books for myself to avoid one of my kids have to pay postage. I wasn’t disappointed by it.

After Carmel disappears, Beth starts desperately searching for her, while Carmel goes off on a long journey with a man who believes she has a special gift. The book alternates between Carmel’s story and Beth’s. Needless to say, Carmel’s adventure is quite disturbing to read about at times. The book builds up a really vivid picture of Carmel’s life and the places and characters in it and I could imagine them all very clearly.

At its heart, this is a book about family, love and never giving up, more than a crime story. A debut novel that was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards in 2015, it is well worth a read!

The Girl in the Red Coat, Book review, Kate Hamer

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  1. I love a good book! Thanks to Twitter and blogging I have a reading list that will probably take me a decade to get through but will definitely add this one to it as well! Happy reading!

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    • Thanks! I love a good book too. I’ve got nice pile of them still waiting to be read 🙂 This one is definitely worth a read!

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  2. This sounds really good. Not what I expected when I saw the title at all, the title reminded me of Schindler’s list. I’m coming to check your blog first next time I need a book!x

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    • It is really good, definitely worth a read.
      My blog is a little treasure trove of book recommendations! x

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  3. I shall add this to my ever growing list. I now actually need to sit down and read some!

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    • You would definitely enjoy it! You were beating me with reading a couple of months ago when we were reading Girl on the Train and Disclaimer!

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    • Thanks very much, it really is a page turner 🙂

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  4. It’s great when you find a good book when you don’t have a chance to browse in a bookshop. I have started downloading books to read on my Kindle which I find a bit hit and miss, so far I’m sticking to authors that I know or books that have been recommended on blogs. Am adding this one to the list 🙂


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    • I haven’t switched to using a Kindle yet and don’t know if I ever will! It’s definitely good to stick with authors you know and recommendations.

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  5. I have seen this book but never knew what it was about. Sounds like a great read to me, adding it to my list #readwithme

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