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More psychological drama than suspense thriller, THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT is a story of the practical and emotional consequences of child abduction as told through the alternating voices of the victim and the parent. After being kidnapped, the young Carmel finds herself in strange circumstances, and like the book ROOM, she relates her experiences from her own unique perspective. In this her debut novel, author Kate Hamer effectively communicates Carmel’s mother’s desperation and anguish. Hamer definitely has a gift for prose which is very beautiful and eloquent. The first half of the book definitely kept me engaged, but somewhere in the middle I began to lose interest. The captors were not what I expected, actually they were rather mediocre and boring. And after a lengthy story line, the ending seemed rushed and with mystical overtones that left me with lots of unanswered questions. Despite all this, I think Kate Hamer is a promising writer, and I’m willing to give her another try in the future.
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.
I don't usually read this kind of story; this one was compelling. At least nothing really bad happened to Carmel. Plausible story line.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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