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Publisher's Summary

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

Critic Reviews

"Kate Hamer conjures mystery with such grace, cool beauty and urgent suspense.... Brilliant." (Matt Haig)
"Kate Hamer's novel is both gripping and sensitive - beautifully written, it is a compulsive, aching story full of loss and redemption." (Lisa Ballantyne)

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  • Mrs J L Mumford
  • 04-01-15

Great read

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.

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  • Glen
  • 12-24-15

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.

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  • misskate
  • 09-04-16

Gripping

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.

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  • Sophie
  • 06-08-15

Great story

Would have been even better if the narrator didn't insist on shouting into the microphone!

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  • Mrs K Atfield
  • 05-22-15

very disappointed

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I am afraid I gave up on it.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Hamer again?

Don't know, not because she does not write well, but because I am not into the paranormal.

What aspect of Antonia Beamish’s performance might you have changed?

It started off very well, but then turned into the land of fantasy. Not my cup of tea.

Could you see The Girl in the Red Coat being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I was expecting a crime book , but got something different.

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  • Helen
  • 02-15-18

Boring

I got to chapter 10 but still nothing had happened other than me getting more irritated listening to a ‘child’ with a bit of a lisp

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  • Hotfooter
  • 06-08-17

A gripping story

Excellent story for listening in the car on a long journey. The author captures so well the language, comprehension and world view of a child. The narrator very cleverly adopts a different tones for the two protagonists. Congratulations all.

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  • happy loon
  • 02-08-17

Gripping, well written, well narrated

Just can't fault this, one of my top 10 audiobooks and I have 100s, maybe even number 1..
You really won't be disappointed I guarantee it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-09-16

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.

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  • June Lim
  • 04-26-16

Enjoyable story!

Easy to listen.lightly lengthy and sometimes find it unbelievable.Good ending.Enjoyed the reader's soothing voice and different intonations.