The Girl in the Red Coat, Kate Hamer, 2016
When single mom Beth and her eight-year-old daughter Carmel visit a local festival, they lose sight of one another in the thick fog. Dreamy Carmel is lured away by a stranger, and Beth experiences every parent’s worst nightmare in the ensuing months. Switching perspective between mother and daughter, this compelling story insightfully explores the ramifications of a kidnapping. Though it has intense moments, The Girl in the Red Coat is not so much a thriller as it is an exploration of psychology with faint supernatural elements. Fans of Emma Donoghue’s Room or Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones are likely to enjoy this 2016 release.