What They Do In The Dark by Amanda Coe

by Eithne Farry

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A dark, disturbing look at a 1970s childhood, as a tetchy relationship between two schoolgirls culminates 
in a truly shocking ending

A dark, disturbing look at a 1970s childhood, as a tetchy relationship between two schoolgirls culminates 
in a truly shocking ending.

Coe’s impressive debut is a shadowy 
creation, rich with 70s nostalgia. Pauline, criminally neglected by her family, latches on to spoilt Gemma, whose life with her new stepdad is less than ideal. When child star Lallie Paluza arrives to make a movie, a creepy tale of a young girl and a paedophile, the dark undercurrents of all the girls’ lives begin to overwhelm them. Screenwriter Coe (whose credits include As If and Room At The Top) brings the 
story to an impulsively brutal conclusion.

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Reviewed by Eithne Farry

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