When Beth Wakeford takes her eight year-old daughter, Carmel, to a local children's festival, they become separated. 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, with a man who believes she is a saviour.
©2015 Kate Hamer (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Kate Hamer conjures mystery with such grace, cool beauty and urgent suspense.... Brilliant." (Matt Haig)
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I am afraid I gave up on it.
Don't know, not because she does not write well, but because I am not into the paranormal.
It started off very well, but then turned into the land of fantasy. Not my cup of tea.
I was expecting a crime book , but got something different.
Couldn't put it down. It's been a while since I've been grabbed by a story or experienced tearful moments whilst listening. Highly recommended.
"Well written, poor plot"
I bought this book thinking it would be more of a thriller, but the story lacks the tenacity to really compel you to keep on reading. Although well written, the characters lack depth and the actual plot is near inexistent.
The story gets off to a promising enough start but i found the narrator so irritating I had to stop listening.
"A very intriguing tale"
The basic structure of the story is believable but it is rather drawn out although the ending is good. Must have been drawn from the Madelaine disappearance.
Would have been even better if the narrator didn't insist on shouting into the microphone!
I really didn't expect to hear about the sort of life Carmel led after her disappearance. Such a unique twist. I only wish the ending didn't end quite where it did, that it had gone on longer so we could hear the conversations between mother and daughter.
"An excellent idea for a storyline but has a contrived feel"
I enjoyed this, but was very aware of 'the writer's craft'. The writing was self conscious and there was an excess of figurative language - one simile and metaphor after another. Some of them rather clunky. It got to the point where I wanted to shout, 'Stop with the similes!'. The effect was to make me feel disassociated from the characters. I mean the third person narrator can effectively use figurative language to create pathetic fallacy or to provide a 'God like' insight into a character's mind, but when the characters themselves define experience through a proliferation of ' I sniff at the air like ...my voice rushes out of me like ...I am like a squirrel ...' I do not mean to be overly critical because this is a well written, compelling, book but I think the audible made me hyper aware of all these comparisons.
Easy to listen.lightly lengthy and sometimes find it unbelievable.Good ending.Enjoyed the reader's soothing voice and different intonations.
"Enjoyable book but didn't blow me away."
I read a review in a magazine and thought this book sounded good.
It was enjoyable but can't say I loved it. I found the characters irritating and the whole healing thing - Carmen as an angel - didn't sit well with me.
I would have also like more at the end. It ended very suddenly and I wanted to know more.
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