What They Do in the Dark

What They Do in the Dark

Book - 2012
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Like Lionel Shriver's We Need to Talk About Kevin and Donna Tartt's The Little Friend, this gripping novel pulls you toward its unimaginable climax and will leave you haunted and heartbroken.Spoiled but emotionally neglected Gemma, who seems to have everything, and semi-feral Pauline, who has less than nothing, are two very different ten-year-old girls growing up in a tough Yorkshire town in the 1970s. Pauline longs for the simple luxuries of Gemma's life: her neatly folded socks and her clean hair. Gemma, upset by her parent's breakup, loses herself in fantasies of meeting the child television star Lallie. When Lallie shoots a movie in their hometown, Gemma and Pauline grab the chance for their wildest dreams to come true. But the film becomes a terrible catalyst for the larger forces acting on the two girls, a dysfunctional adult world that trickles down to the children; and playground bullying escalates, with dreadful consequences.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Co., c2012
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393081381
Branch Call Number: F COE
Characteristics: 250 p. ; 22 cm


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Nov 29, 2013

Two girls, one spoilt but unloved, one semi-feral, in a grim North of England town in the seventies commit an act of careless atrocity. The careful detailing of their cold little lives combined with inevitability and pointlessness of their act is not for the faint of heart. Haunting.

Sep 26, 2013

Disjointed with a very contrived feel; ends with gratuitous violence. Photo on cover is best part.

RACINE2000 May 01, 2013

This book was listed in a magazine and given 4 stars. I am so sorry that I wasted time on my vacation reading this! The book has characters and situations that have absolutely nothing to do with each other. It is extremely disjointed. It was like reading 3 seperate books. The ending was gruesome and unnecessary. Don't waste your time!

Apr 04, 2012

Saw in B&N email.

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