Tuesday, 11 March 2014

What they do in the dark by Amanda Coe

Get astride your space hoppers and take a ride back in time to a world of rocket lollies and Bunty comics. Two very different girls from two different worlds collide in this tale of life in the seventies seen through not so rose coloured glasses.

I am split down the middle with this one. One the one hand we follow the lives of Gemma and Pauline, two kids from totally different backgrounds, their story is page turningly beautiful and terrifying. I was living inside their heads all the way through and the way Amanda Coe let's us inhabit their lives is exemplary.

But unfortunately it's like another, less interesting book was shoved inside this one and got in the way slightly. The story takes us on another journey into the world of film production and at times loses itself in a complicated mishmash of producers and directors and really the book didn't need this. I was happy to follow Gemma and Pauline. Their story was enough. I accept that the film making was an integral part of the plot but it gets in the way of a good story. Quentin was one character that probably wasn't needed at all as well as Hugh. The whole Hugh/Quentin thing was a pain to read at times.

However I have to give this 8 out of 10 for the sheer brilliance of the way we are transported into the seventies and for a magnificent and devastating ending.

Give this a try, see what you think.


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