Girl in the Red Coat

  • by Kate Hamer
  • Narrated by Antonia Beamish
  • 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children's festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, eight-year-old Carmel realizes that this man believes she has a special gift.... While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is - and who she might become.


What the Critics Say

"Moving, convincing, and completely compelling. I read through the night, desperate to know the little girl's fate." (Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree)
"Trust us: This book is unlike anything else." (Stylist)
"2015's oh-so-chilling thriller breakout." (Grazia)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful


I liked the fabric of the story and I think the narration was very good, but the ending left me feeling that the last few days of my listening was cheated. A good story that did keep me guessing, just wanted more of a synopsis at the end. I'll listen to this author again, this was a debut, but hope for more of a beginning middle and actual end in the next "read" :)
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- Heather

Emotional, Interesting, Well Performed

Would you listen to Girl in the Red Coat again? Why?

Eventually. I'm not sure I could put myself through the emotion of it again for a while. The book goes back and forth between the perspective of the mother and the daughter -- the daughter's section is an interesting story, while the mother's section put me into severe emotional trauma (this is a good thing for a book to do!!!!).

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beth (the mother), without doubt. Her emotions as she goes through the loss of Carmel, trying to recover from the loss, guilt for trying to recover, etc., are incredibly true. During Carmel's sections, I listened attentively; during Beth's sections, I bawled uncontrollably.

What about Antonia Beamish’s performance did you like?

She did a great job of going back and forth between Beth and Carmel -- both characters sounded very real. I agree with other reviewers that some of the characters with other accents (especially Mexican) did not feel as authentic.

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- astroconst

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-26-2016
  • Publisher: HighBridge, a Division of Recorded Books