Girl in the red coat by Kate Hamer

redShe is the missing girl. But she doesn’t know she’s lost. Carmel Wakeford becomes separated from her mother at a local children’s festival, and is found by a man who claims to be her estranged grandfather. He tells her that her mother has had an accident and that she is to live with him for now. As days become weeks with her new family, 8-year-old Carmel realises that this man believes she has a special gift… While her mother desperately tries to find her, Carmel embarks on an extraordinary journey, one that will make her question who she is – and who she might become.

It took me a few pages to get into this book – something about the conversations between Carmel and her mother and I’m not quite sure why –  but then Carmel goes missing and I was hooked. Read the book in one sitting (don’t you just love Sundays?) and had to find out how the story was going to end. Clever, incredibly well paced and can’t wait to read more from this author.

Alison

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