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by Kate Hamer
• An Amazon Best Book of the Year for 2016
• Costa Book Award for First Novel finalist
• Dagger Award finalist
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Carmel is a daydreaming little girl who is taken from her mum. She adapts well with her lying abductor while her mum is dealing with her daughter's disappearance. Kate Hamer keeps you in suspense as to what will happen next to Carmel in her new environment. The ending was a bit disappointing perhaps there is a sequel planned.
you can read the synopsis of the story on the jacket and all the reviews below. I do agree with many of the criticisms of this book - it really isn't a thriller in the true sense of the word; was the faith /religion theme of the book truly believable?; the whole issue of getting to America raises many questions; the conclusion of the book was a bit rushed. So having said all that , I still thnk it was an excellent book. Is the theme of kidnapping an 8 year old unsettling? yes, especially how easily the author makes it. But isn't that a real problem in today's society? The author does a great job of providing insight into the mind of a mother whose life is now filled with grief. It did amaze me how she kept the 8 year old character from losing her identity - and am not so sure that would really happen - - but who knows. Defnitely a book to read and one that you have to read in good size chunks to keep up with the story!
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