Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What better way to spend a Friday!

My choice today is one of my newer books:  The Girl in the Red Coat, by Kate Hamer.





Beginning:  I dream about Carmel often.  In my dreams, she’s always walking backwards.

The day she was born there was snow on the ground.  A silvery light arced through the window as I held her in my arms.

As she grew up I nicknamed her ‘my little hedge child.’  I couldn’t imagine her living anywhere but the countryside.  Her thick curly hair stood out like a spray of breaking glass, or a dandelion head.

(A few extra sentences, necessary to convey the thoughts).


56:  (Carmel) I stare into the dark, being like a cat, and I start seeing some black hills.  It looks like countryside with not even a single house.  ‘I thought you lived in London,’ I say.


Synopsis:  Newly single mom Beth has one constant, gnawing worry: that her dreamy eight-year-old daughter, Carmel, who has a tendency to wander off, will one day go missing.

And then one day, it happens: On a Saturday morning thick with fog, Beth takes Carmel to a local outdoor festival, they get separated in the crowd, and Carmel is gone.

Shattered, Beth sets herself on the grim and lonely mission to find her daughter, keeping on relentlessly even as the authorities tell her that Carmel may be gone for good.

Carmel, meanwhile, is on a strange and harrowing journey of her own—to a totally unexpected place that requires her to live by her wits, while trying desperately to keep in her head, at all times, a vision of her mother …

Alternating between Beth’s story and Carmel’s, and written in gripping prose that won’t let go, The Girl in the Red Coat—like Emma Donoghue’s Room and M. L. Stedman’s The Light Between Oceans—is an utterly immersive story that’s impossible to put down . . . and impossible to forget.


What do you think?  Does this story grab you?



  1. This sounds like a really gripping and intense books. I liked the opening description of Carmel, especially because I was such a nature kid when I was younger. I loved nothing more than the country side! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great next week!
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  2. It sounds like a book that will keep me on edge. I like the synopsis and the cover as well. I’ll have to add it to my massive TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

    My Friday Meme –> MIND GAMES

    Have a great weekend 🙂


  3. I ordered this one from the UK last year when someone (probably Cleo) talked about it. And have not read it yet. The beginning sounds almost like a fairy tale instead of a thriller – which would be fine. I’m listening to Kate Morton’s THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN right now and I have Gothic fairy tales in my head. LOL


  4. I have only read one Kate Morton book, The Lake House, but I am eager to read more from her. I also loved the fairytale aura to these lines. Hope to start reading it soon! Thanks for stopping by, Kay, and enjoy The Forgotten Garden.


  5. I read this last year and enjoyed it, though there was so much hype that got in the way for me. I think I expected the best book ever written…my own fault for getting sucked in. There was also a bit of a spooky element that threw me if memory serves.


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