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Kate Hamer

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Kate Hamer grew up in Pembrokeshire. She did a Creative Writing MA at Aberystwyth University and the Curtis Brown Creative novel-writing course. She won the Rhys Davies short story award in 2011 and her winning story was read out on BBC Radio 4. She has recently been awarded a Literature Wales bursary. She lives in Cardiff with her husband.

Genres: General Fiction, Mystery
Costa Book Awards Best First Novel nominee (2015) : The Girl in the Red Coat

Kate Hamer recommends
The Dry (2016)
(Aaron Falk, book 1)
Jane Harper
"You can almost feel the searing heat of the Australian drought in this intense, gripping, atmospheric tale. A compulsive read."
Foxlowe (2016)
Eleanor Wasserberg
"Mesmerizing, gripping, and beautifully written. It completely sweeps you up from beginning to end. I loved it."
A Dangerous Crossing (2017)
Rachel Rhys
"A sumptuous and thrilling read which reminded me of Daphne du Maurier. It captivates you in its spell right until the end. I loved it."
Falling Creatures (2017)
(Cornish Mystery , book 1)
Katherine Stansfield
"An enticing adventure of a novel, rich in beautifully realised period detail."
Sometimes I Lie (2017)
Alice Feeney
"For fans of twisty, dark thrillers, this is the one. Fabulously written voices and a plot that keeps you guessing until the very end."
The Witchfinder's Sister (2017)
Beth Underdown
"A richly told and utterly compelling tale, with shades of Hilary Mantel."
The Night Visitor (2017)
Lucy Atkins
"Thrillingly creepy and darkly funny . . . brilliant plotting and characters that crackle off the page. A ‘cannot tear yourself away’ novel."
See What I Have Done (2017)
Sarah Schmidt
"A twisty, visceral, highly original novel that grips you from start to finish. An exceptional and stunning debut."
Gather the Daughters (2017)
Jennie Melamed
"An intriguing, gorgeously realized and written novel which inexorably draws you into its dark heart."
The Boy Made of Snow (2017)
Chloë Mayer
"THE BOY MADE OF SNOW had me compulsively turning the pages to find out the fate of Daniel and his mother. A haunting and thrilling read. I absolutely loved it."
The Perfect Nanny (2017)
Leïla Slimani
"A taut and exquisitely written novel that will keep you up all night desperately turning the pages. This book is insanely good."
Love After Love (2018)
Alex Hourston
"A beautifully written page turner of a book."
Rainbirds (2018)
Clarissa Goenawan
"Luminous, sinister, and page-turning all at once. I loved it."
Darling (2018)
Rachel Edwards
"A page-turning thriller that grips the reader with its twisty exploration of the complex relationship between step mother and step daughter. I read through the night to discover the dramatic denouement."
The Poison Bed (2018)
E C Fremantle
"A riveting tale that kept me reading into the night. Beautifully written and realised."
Resin (2018)
Ane Riel
"Darkly brilliant. As beautifully written as it is page turning - an original and compelling voice."
Blood Orange (2019)
Harriet Tyce
"Gritty and compelling, Blood Orange drags you right into the hearts of the flawed characters and their stories from the get go. A book that will keep you up all night."
A Good Enough Mother (2019)
Bev Thomas
"A Good Enough Mother packs an emotional punch and is a gripping, original read. It is a novel full of loss and longing and the complexities of human relationships."
Last Ones Left Alive (2019)
Sarah Davis-Goff
"Beautifully written and terrifying. 'Last Ones Left Alive' will leave you reeling, not only from its originality and searing vision, but also from the humanity of the relationships portrayed."
After the End (2019)
Clare Mackintosh
"I haven't read a book that's moved me so much for years. After the End does something incredible, it made me cry yet uplifted me. A beautifully written, astonishing work."
The Woods (2020)
Vanessa Savage
"Dark and thoroughly compulsive . . . a definite up-all-nighter."
The Guest List (2020)
Lucy Foley
"Nail-biting . . . A fabulous closed room thriller. Lucy Foley is the Agatha Christie for our times."
Precious You (2020)
Helen Monks Takhar
"A slick, fast-paced, compelling novel that asks genuine questions. I loved it and was hooked from beginning to end."
The Hidden Girls (2020)
Rebecca Whitney
"Moving and terrifying, The Hidden Girls is a page-turning thriller with a compassionate heart that twists and turns on every page. I loved it."
Surrogate (2021)
Susan Spindler
"A darkly humorous, thoughtful and thought provoking novel, along with being an absolute 'up all night' compulsive read. I loved it."
Tall Bones (2021)
Anna Bailey
"Chilling and compulsive. Tall Bones is a dazzling debut."
The Impossible Truths of Love (2021)
Hannah Beckerman
"Utterly beautiful, desperately moving. This book is a finely crafted emotional powerhouse that will keep you up all night, desperate to discover what happens."

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