The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
Faber & Faber Fiction (ebook), 2015
I borrowed this ebook from my library and read it on my Kobo.
She is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost.
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, 8-year-old Carmel realises 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.
I dream about Carmel often.
I chose to read The Girl in the Red Coat for the ‘a book with a colour in the title’ category of my Popsugar Reading Challenge 2015. I choose the book on impulse when browsing my library’s digital catalogue. I like the title and the cover. I love thrillers.
I loved The Girl in the Red Coat. It’s a different sort of thriller and not what I was expecting at all. Hamer focuses on the effect of grief on Beth and how she adjusts to life as year pass and her daughter never returns. This is contrasted by Carmel’s experiences with a man she believes is her grand-father. The chapters alternate between Beth and Carmel’s point of view. This worked really well. So many ‘thrillers’ focus on the police officers or forensic experts which can become a bit tedious and feel like you read the same book over and over. This is why I stopped reading James Patterson years ago. I loved the fact that The Girl in the Red Coat focused on the mother and her missing daughter. I thought the old man took Carmel to molest or kill her and was pleasantly surprised when his real reason was revealed. I found the book incredibly sad at times. The ending is happy without overdoing it. I’d highly recommend The Girl in the Red Coat for people who are tired of run of the mill thrillers.