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.

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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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Girl in The Red Coat


The search for a missing child over a period of five years is the foundation of Hamer's debut novel.

Written in the alternating voices of mother and child, "Girl In The Red Coat" tends to migrate somewhat slowly down the storyline highway.

The author sometimes suggests what is to come in the story, and then spends a lot if time getting the reader to the specific event that has been previously hinted at or revealed. Whether or not this enhanced the reader's experience is questionable.

The ending lacks depth, but overall, Hamer has delivered a fairly good debut mystery.

The narration is character cosistant and well done.
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- Jan

Disappointing

I was excited to read something a little different, but I was disappointed in the story. It dragged, and I found myself becoming depressed. I just wanted it to be over. I felt cheated with the ending. The story went on way too long and the resolution was too thin for such a long story. As far as the performance, the narrator was good and I could tell when she was switching POV, but there was a Mexican character that for the longest time I thought was Russian. Her Spanish accent wasn't authentic. I hate to give bad reviews, but honestly, I just wasn't thrilled with this book. Perhaps it's just a matter of preference.
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- MareFlare

Book Details

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