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Dance With Me

Dance With Me [Kindle Edition]

Louise Doughty
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A man dies a week after re-writing his will. In it, he has left everything he owns to a woman he has known for only three weeks. As Bet investigates Peter's past, she discovers that her ex-lover was not all that he seemed…
In a crumbling office block, another woman has a different sort of ghost to confront. Iris runs her own business but strange things keep happening. Her phone rings and there's no one there. Somebody taps at her door. In the basement, something unpleasant is lurking ...

About the Author

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 296 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK (27 Feb 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I1H27N2
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,970 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read! 2 July 2000
By A Customer
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spooky! 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tremendously disappointing 29 May 2000
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
4.0 out of 5 stars An unusual and delightfully funny ghost story 22 April 2002
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Please - can somebody explain the story to me 21 Sep 2010
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed 9 Dec 2009
By Sneezy
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just didn't get it 17 Jun 2001
By A Customer
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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Spoiler alert! 14 Mar 2011
This book is nothing more than a confusing and frustrating waste of time. When I first started reading it, I couldn't put it down. Then I spotted two grammatical errors - and coincidentally everything started to go downhill from there. The fact that the narrator turns out to be nothing more than a figment of Iris's imagination - conjured up because she had a severe mental illness, I'm assuming triggered by the traumatic experience of her ex-boyfriend being killed - was a pure let down for me. I was totally confused about Iris, did she have a baby or not?? I'm assuming not but this loose end was never tied up. It is far from a psychological thriller since the main character (Iris) is severely mentally ill - it is an insult to those people who actually do suffer from severe mental illness.

As the plot unfolds, it is ridiculous in the extreme - sorry but this author just isn't clever enough to pull off such a complex storyline.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but incomprehensible
I agree with those reviewers who didn't understand this book. I even started to wonder whether Bet and Iris were actually the same person. Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Baillie
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I found this book confusing and did not really understand it. I would have t read it again for claification.
Published 1 month ago by ELIZABETH CARRARO
3.0 out of 5 stars Another good read with L Doughty
Very easy to read, brilliant characterisations, excellent grip on contemporary life; however, everything began to change and nothing was what it seemed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger
1.0 out of 5 stars So disappointed
I have read other books of Louise Doughty (Apple Tree Yard, Whatever You Love) and really enjoyed them so was looking forward to this book but it was a real disappointment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucy Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars dance with me.
I enjoyed reading this book and found it hard to put down, I like this author, her books never disappoint.
Published 2 months ago by jo
2.0 out of 5 stars Muddled and unclear
The whole tenant of thus book was lost on me.
I ploughed on, waiting for the plot to unfurl....... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Polly
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointment
After reading What Ever You Love and Apple Tree Yard by this author Dance With Me comes as a disappointment. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. A. Harris
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
I felt let down by this book. the story didn't really go anywhere and was very confusing. not a great read.
Published 4 months ago by kerry
3.0 out of 5 stars Dance with me or should it have been named confusion
I had enjoyed t he author's previous books and loo k ed forward to dance with me. Had a good start and middle from then it was like reading a different book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by diane buist
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
What started off as a good - one I couldn't put down - sadly turned into a confusing story that tries too hard to be a psychological thriller. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Charlotte Heath
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