A mother and daughter are separated at a crowded fair and suddenly 8-year-old Carmel vanishes. Kate Hamer’s book alternates perspectives between Carmel and her mother, Beth. The Girl in the Red Coat captures the heart wrenching effects of such a tragedy from both Carmel and Beth’s perspectives. This book is suspenseful, deeply emotional, and very engrossing – twists and turns in the plot kept me riveted until the end. If you have anything else to do, don’t start this book as you won’t be able to put it down until it is finished.