Kate Hamer

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The Girl in the Red Coat

book | Fiction | 2015
UK & Canada → Faber & Faber (Ed. Sarah Savitt)
US → Melville House Press
Kate Hamer's stand-out debut thriller is the hugely moving story of an abduction that will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Carmel has always been different.

Carmel's 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 eight year-old Carmel to a local children's festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears.

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.
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The Girl in the Red Coat
Reviews

Just like the other successful thrillers sharing part of its title (Gone Girl, The Girl on the Train), The Girl in the Red Coat keeps the reader hooked — and awake into the small hours...

The Financial Times

The Girl in The Red Coat is shot through with menace.

Sainsbury's Magazine

Told alternatively from Beth and Carmel's points of view, Hamer is incisive when it comes to the former's distress, "my panic a brick in the building that was made, hour by hour, of events – standing there for all time instead of crumbling away into memory".

The Independent

This accomplished and enthralling debut novel follows what happens after the abduction of an eight-year-old girl, Carmel. Told from both her and her mother's points of view, this had me guessing until the very last page.

Woman & Home

Hamer’s novel aims to be more than a thriller, and the real heart of the book is not its suspense, but its explorations of grief and how we weather it.

Celeste Ng, The Guardian

Each chapter gets increasingly addictive as you question the motives behind her abduction.

Heat Magazine

Pulse-raising.

Grazia Magazine

Told in two very different voice, this debut is moving, tender and tense, exploring love and loss from the view of adult Beth and her otherworldly child in a way that's devastatingly convincing.

Psychologies

This book is unlike anything else.

Stylist Magazine

It was only on completing her polished page-turner of a novel that she realised she had written about Little Red Riding Hood with a sinister new spin.

The Observer

An intense, and tense, stunning debut. Early on we encounter a maze, but the whole book is a kind of maze, and one full of striking imagery and chilling atmosphere.

Matt Haig, author of The Humans

Moving, convincing and completely compelling. I read through the night, desperate to know the little girl's fate.

Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

There is menace in this book, lurking in the shadows on every page, but also innocence, love and hope. Beautifully written and unpredictable, I had to stop myself racing to the end to find out what happened.

Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister

Kate Hamer's novel is both gripping and sensitive - beautifully written, it is a compulsive, aching story full of loss and redemption.

Lisa Ballantyne, author of The Guilty One

Thought provoking and emotionally tender, The Girl in the Red Coat is a remarkable debut novel.

Paula Daly, author of Just What Kind of Mother Are You?

Gripping...Carmel, the 8-year-old who goes missing in Ms. Hamer’s novel, is a modern-day Little Red Riding Hood, a girl who strays off the path and into the woods and is horribly snatched away by a big bad wolf.

Michiko Kakutani, New York Times