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!