The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat

Book - 2015
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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.

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?

Publisher: London : Faber & Faber, 2015.
ISBN: 9780571316441
Characteristics: 378 pages


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May 07, 2017

Although I wouldn't call it "enjoyable," this was an engrossing read. The subject matter is difficult - the abduction of a young girl, and I didn't find any of the characters to be particularly sympathetic, but that's what made it interesting. It not a book with a tidy conclusion, but I have thought about the story a number of times since I finished it. I look forward to more from this author.

Oct 24, 2016

I don't usually read this kind of story; this one was compelling. At least nothing really bad happened to Carmel. Plausible story line.

Cynthia_N May 15, 2016

Interesting story. I like seeing it from the mother's point of view and the daughter's. We see the divorced mother and father become supportive of each other in their moving on and we see Carmel struggling to hold onto her identity.

Mar 29, 2016

All the mumbo jumbo about the laying on of hands was a turn off for me. Also it was never clear to me why the grandfather character chose this particular child to abduct.
Was it or was it not completely random? I think there was a good book in there somewhere, but it didn't quite come out in my opinion.

KateHillier Mar 28, 2016

It was an interesting read to start for sure. A child vanishes and we follow what happens to 8 year old Carmel (yes, that is her name) and we also follow her mother, Beth, as she searches and deals with the emotions and other assorted issues when a child vanishes. I found following Beth a lot more interesting than following Carmel. Time does different things to both of them and they each change a lot so seeing how time and experience worked on both mother and daughter was what kept me reading until the end.

ehbooklover Mar 25, 2016

3.5 stars. An engrossing book about the abduction of a young girl that is told from the perspective of the girl and her mother. While I wouldn't consider this a page-turner, I had a difficult time putting the book down for any length of time as I constantly wanted to find out what would happen next.

Apr 03, 2015

On the surface this is a story about the abduction of a little girl who believes her mother has died and that she is now in the care of her grandfather who she has never met. The real story underneath deals more with the mother/daughter relationship. The book is narrated in part by the child which was a turn off for me.

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