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by Amanda Coe

eBook What They Do in the Dark ePub
Author: Amanda Coe
Language: English
ISBN: 1844087077
ISBN13: 978-1844087075
Publisher: Virago Press (UK); Digital original edition (May 1, 2012)
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 173
Formats: doc lrf lrf mobi
ePub file: 1353 kb
Fb2 file: 1514 kb

The book opens with a wonderful piece of writing: a press story about Lallie, a rising child story . Some lines and images in "What They Do In The Dark" are so perfect that I had to stop reading for a second just to contemplate them.

There is no doubt that Amanda Coe can write, and write very well. The story then moves to two schoolgirls. She's willing to give even her most unpleasant characters a voice and human feelings, like Lally's lonely, pushy stage mother, and she really gets you into their mind-set. The one thing that dragged "What They Do In The Dark" down is too many subplots.

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Mortification of the flesh. Oh man, was she mortified. She started to scour her arms and body with the midget bar of soap, but stopped when she caught herself visualizing the shot. She started to scour her arms and body with the midget bar of soap, but stopped when she caught herself visualizing the shot ue through the shower curtain with a big old knife any minute. Come on, babe, you can do better. Shivering, she rubbed water out of her eyes. When would life take over and drive this damn thing for her? She had some calls to take, at least, once the London offices opened. The LA operations didn’t open until mid-afternoon, although Quentin knew no one really gave a small damn.

by Amanda Coe. This portrayal of a 1970’s northern English childhood is spot on for period detail, but is no cosy trip down memory lane

by Amanda Coe. This portrayal of a 1970’s northern English childhood is spot on for period detail, but is no cosy trip down memory lane. Two pre-adolescent girls from very different backgrounds, but each damaged by parental neglect, bond in an unlikely and unholy alliance resulting in unspeakable horror. Not a feel-good read, but a compulsive one, which will leave a profound and lasting impression if you are prepared to leave your emotional comfort zone. Find similar books Profile.

You may think you know what they do in the dark, just like you knew what they did last summer. This is a book that takes positive pleasure in overturning all your expectations

You may think you know what they do in the dark, just like you knew what they did last summer. But who are "they"? Have they done it yet, or are they saving it up until the last chapter but one? This is a book that takes positive pleasure in overturning all your expectations. What They Do in the Dark would make a great TV drama.

She is the author of a collection of stories, A Whore in the Kitchen, and the novels The Love She Left Behind and What They Do in the Dark. She lives in London with her husband and two children.

Top TV scriptwriter Amanda Coe’s debut novel is about two ten-year-old girls in a gritty Yorkshire town . Superficially, they have little in common. Gemma’s parents are both in work, she does well academically and is thoroughly spoilt

Top TV scriptwriter Amanda Coe’s debut novel is about two ten-year-old girls in a gritty Yorkshire town in the Seventies. Gemma’s parents are both in work, she does well academically and is thoroughly spoilt. Pauline’s dysfunctional family doesn’t feature a father, her prostitute mother drifts in and out of her life, she bunks off school and she survives on guile and petty theft. But each of the girls meet some need in the other and, when Gemma’s parents split up, they begin to forge the sort of bond where the whole is something different from - and much more dangerous than - the sum of the parts.

A rich novel that explores the darkness of social dysfunction both in 10-year-olds and in the adult world. Pub Date: March 19th, 2012. ISBN: 978-0-393-08138-1.

Whatever they do in the dark, Coe makes it clear there’s plenty of darkness in which to do it. At the center of the novel is Lallie Paluza, a pre-pubescent star on the British telly in the mid ’70s. A rich novel that explores the darkness of social dysfunction both in 10-year-olds and in the adult world.

Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9781844087068.

Amanda Coe. This is a novel about two very different girls, and how sometimes, the sum can be more terrifying than each of its parts. You may think you know what they do in the dark. Set in the mid-1970s, What They Do in the Dark combines cosy nostalgia (jumbo lollies, gas fires) with rumbles of apprehension. Something awful's going to happen, but it's not clear what. A terrific debut, full of energy and colour; as propulsive as a thriller' Carrie O'Grady, Guardian.

Jazu
The primary storyline here is of the uneasy friendship between the pampered Gemma and the utterly neglected Pauline, two 10-year-olds in 1970s Yorkshire. Both have reasons to be harboring pent-up rage, and together they are a recipe for disaster. The dialogue and behavior of the two girls is wonderfully authentic, kids that age do have peculiarly skewed logic and behavior as they make their way towards adolescence. Amanda Coe has portrayed the girls quite well. My problem with this book is that so much is made of the fact that a child actress named Lallie, who has her own TV show which both girls love, will be coming to film in their town. The schoolchildren are all clamouring for parts as extras. This is, I think, supposed to be seen as the catalyst which brings about the shocking conclusion? I don't see how it has much to do with it at all. There is a lengthy subplot involving the adults working on this show, and I found that I just did not care about them or their stories. I'd have skipped those parts entirely except I had convinced myself that eventually it would become clear why we were reading about them. Not so. that part was dull and disappointing. I'd rate this overall good, and I do think Ms. Coe is a very good writer, but this needed some work.....could have been edited and reassembled into an excellent book
Yellow Judge
First: I have not read many English writers who speak in such a truly area-accented way. I confess that some of the dialect was so unfamiliar to me that I did not truly understand what was being said. However, I loved this aspect of the book. I will say that the title of the book seems ill-conceived..Much of what they do is in the day and has nothing to do with night or day as far as motivation.

Now to the good and bad: I truly loved and hated this book. I hated it the way I hated being fasinated by "Lord of Flies" and the movie "Clockwork Orange"...both classics about people gone amuck for no apparent reason. I hate disturbing art yet I cannot look away---similar to a hideous fatal car wreck. "What they do in the Dark" is this kind of book and then some.

I loved it in that the author stayed true to the characters and made no attempt at redeeming them. I also thought her writing style was very visceral and evoked a true sense of what it would be like to actually be around each character.

My main criticism is that I felt many minor plots were started and never finished: For example: Gemma"s second Dad, Ian, used Pauline for sex; I had the distinct impression he might of also also killed her Mother, Joanne as well as his first wife, "The Good Lady". What happened to Gemma's father? Again, Ian seemed implicated. What happened to Lallie's Dad--Why did he suddenly bow out of the holiday with her. And what the hell was the deal with Hugh? Pedophile with Lallie?

There were just too many extraneous characters and information (like "Quentin") to process.

I would read this author again in a heartbeat but she does need to develop more discipline with her characters and make her plots more comprehensible.

Frankly, I anticipated that Lallie would commit a murder by the end of the book but the true ending, the true victim were almost too much to bear.

Sidenote: I notice there are only seven reviews for this book? Any speculation as to why so few?

S OBrien, USA
Nuadabandis
"What They do in the Dark" has turned out to be an extremely difficult book for me to review. I often am incredulous of reviewers that insist that a book is too "depressing" for them. "Grrrrr", I think to myself,"life is often depressing, grow up! An unexamined life is not worth living, reread "The Wizard of Oz if you require a happy ending"....

I may have run into a book that is too dark, too malignant, too opressive, even for my ecclectic taste. You get the impression while reading Amanda Coe's work, as she descends further and further into the abyss that she rather enjoys shocking her reader. In fairness, this book is set in England and is written so heavily with the country's vernacular that I often had to guess at the meaning of words and phrases. Ms Coe is an excellent writer...she draws her 4 young protagonists exponentially deftly. I enjoyed the contrasts drawn between each of these children's domestic situations and how they directly react to them...we only meet Cynthia's mother briefly, but this little one is written with such precision that she leaps from these dark pages. I found myself intimately identifying with Pauline and Gemma...but when the author abrubtly switched scenes to the lives of the film makers, every few chapters ,I found the book to become interminabley miserable. This did not work to the point of being the worst plot device I have ever read. I hated Quentin and the parts of the narrative that centered on the film. So, it is with some regret that I find myself unable to reccomend this one...uneven, seems too benign of a word here...the author ruined her book with the unfortunate gimmick of using the film making device.
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