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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 Mar. 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1471136817
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471136818
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.6 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louise Doughty is the author of five novels, CRAZY PAVING, DANCE WITH ME, HONEY-DEW, FIRES IN THE DARK and STONE CRADLE. CRAZY PAVING was shortlisted for four awards including the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize and FIRES IN THE DARK won awards from the Arts Council of England and the K.Blundell Trust. She is also a recipient of an Ian St. James prize and a Radio Times Drama Award. She has written five plays for radio and worked widely as a journalist and broadcaster in London, where she lives.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 July 2000
Format: Paperback
This book has kept me glued to it for the last few days - it's not a "couldn't put it down book" but it is a good "while away the time" type of book. I haven't read a book in quite some time that has actually made me jump because I have been so absorbed in what I was reading that a spooky bit got to me! This has happened a few times through some of the chapters. If you're looking for a bit of suspense without going into the realms of a thriller this book is for you. The storyline is good and I think Louise Doughty is a good writer (though this is the first book I have read of hers).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Harris on 21 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading What Ever You Love and Apple Tree Yard by this author Dance With Me comes as a disappointment. Dance With Me starts well, is an engaging read with a good deal of tension and pace, but then falls into a muddled confusion in the middle which is difficult to understand and the ending fizzles to nothing much at all.
The mention of Iris's child once or twice is confusing as she spends most of the book galavanting about as a self-indulgent single late twenty something. Suggesting the two year old is off with a neighbour all the time sounds incredible. I did understand the relationship between the two women - will say nothing more as it would be a spoiler - but for those that did not get it I am not surprised as for me at least it did not work.
The writing is very good mostly but there are many passages which feel like the writer is consciously slowing the pace/using tricks tutored in creative writing classes for effect. This is not one I shall recommend others to read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By E. V. Hall on 27 Oct. 2003
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A bit of a ghost story and in some places a bit confusing but it keeps you hooked until the very end. Wasn't quite sure where the connection was on occasion between the characters. I even had my other half read it to see if he could understand it. It was amazing to find that he interpreted it completely different to me. I have now bought a used copy to send to my friend in Ireland so that she can give me the crit on it too! I'm sure if you read this you will enjoy it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annamieka on 21 Sept. 2010
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I like Louise Doughty's style of writing and found 'Dance with Me' engaging and at times, frightening and sinister. However, I just couldn't understand it. There were too many anomalies. Does Iris have a child or not? If she does, where is this child when she's gallivanting? I feel as though I'd wasted my time as the conclusion was so unsatisfactory and confusing. Please, if there's another reader out there who understood this book, can you explain it to me (and to the other confused readers).
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME on 22 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bet is an attractive, promiscuous and very modern young woman whose lover, Peter, is killed in the opening chapter. He leaves her his house - and a mystery. Why are his two best friends so eager to search the house? Why, for that matter, are the police? Meanwhile Iris, a freelance marketing conslutant, is increasingly haunted by someone called Bet. Which is the ghost? Is one of them mad?
Apart from the twists and turns in this psychological thriller, what makes it stands out is its wit. "Love is easy. Love is cheap. Any idiot can do it. You don't have to have brains or looks or money - you don't even have to be a nice person", it begins, and goes on to skewer aspects of modern affairs with intelligence and brio. The appalling cover does it a disservice. It made me want to read more by this author.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daisy Roots on 29 May 2000
Format: Paperback
I read this because I was so disappointed by another of Louise Doughty's books - "Honey-Dew" - that I thought I must have got it wrong somehow. Perhaps I'd missed the point, or perhaps that was one dud from a usually good writer. But "Dance With Me" is as boring as "Honey Dew". A lot of both novels takes place inside the heads of boring, self centered young women. I had no sympathy with them, the colour of their tea towels, their obsession with what they looked like, their cars, who was watching them or who was after them. I wanted to smack them, as you smack a new born baby, to watch them grow up, learn something, make some progress, but there's none of that in either novel. Both books are set in an anonymous location - a dingy suburban Britain of net curtains and motorways which I don't recognise. I feel I have given Louise Doughty a fair chance now, and have no further curiosity about her work ...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2001
Format: Paperback
Am I the only one who didn't understand what was going on in this book? How were Bet and Iris connected? Who were the ghosts? Am I really stupid? I read about half of the book and thought it seemed quite good, but then the rest of it just made no sense. I enjoyed her "Crazy Paving" and this was a big disappointment.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sneezy on 9 Dec. 2009
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I read this book as I thought the author's books "Stone Cradle" and "Fires in the Dark" were extremely good. However I could not understand this one at all and was very surprised when I suddenly reached the last page and had still not realised what was going on. What a shame!!
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