Review: The Girl in the Red Coat

The Girl in the Red Coat
The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I couldn’t decide what to rate this a 3 or 4 star. I did really like it but it was not without faults. It is a crime novel, but bloodless and occasionally a bit overwritten. A small girl, Carmel, is kidnapped and the story is told from the point of view of both Carmel and her mother. I really enjoyed Carmel’s chapters, how she felt about her kidnappers and her relationship with the other children she ends up with. I felt though that Beth’s chapters were not as well done. Don’t get me wrong, it is still really good and very moving, the thought of losing your child and never knowing what happened to her is completely wrenching. It is a fast read, the pace is relentless almost all of the time and I found myself trying to figure out the ending from about the middle. A book you can race through.

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