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The girl in the red coat / Kate Hamer.

By: Hamer, Kate [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2015Description: 378 pages ; 24 cm.ISBN: 9780571316441 (paperback); 0571316441 (paperback).Subject(s): Single mothers -- Fiction | Missing children -- FictionDDC classification: 823.92 Summary: Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different - sensitive, distracted, with an heartstopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. When she takes Carmel for an outing to a local festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own. But do the real clues to Carmel's disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?
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Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different - sensitive, distracted, with an heartstopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. <p>When she takes Carmel for an outing to a local festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own. But do the real clues to Carmel's disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?</p>

Eight-year-old Carmel has always been different - sensitive, distracted, with an heartstopping tendency to go missing. Her mother Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter's strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. When she takes Carmel for an outing to a local festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears into the crowd. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own. But do the real clues to Carmel's disappearance lie in the otherworldly qualities her mother had only begun to guess at?

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Library Journal Review

Hamer and narrator Antonia Beamish offer edge-of-your-seat listening in this debut. Set in England and the United States and told by mother/daughter narrators in alternating chapters, the work is fraught with suspense and a pervasive sense of dread. Eight-year-old Carmel is kidnapped from her small English town; Beth, her recently divorced, very insecure mother, is bereft. Carmel finds herself in the company of a shady preacher and his entourage as they travel across the States. Hamer reveals a complex plot as the victims are molded into survivors by fear, despair, growth, courage, and acceptance. Outstanding characterization by Beamish contributes to listeners' empathy and concern for Beth and Carmel. VERDICT Listeners will find themselves thinking of this novel for a while. ["Hamer...is a natural storyteller who writes with such a sense of drama, compulsion, and sympathy that most readers will devour this work in one or two sittings": LJ 2/1/16 starred review of the Melville House hc.]-Sandra C. Clariday, -Cleveland, TN © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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12/10/2015

Sad, thoughtful, versatile and strong. Wonderful main character. Really good book.

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