In the Dark

In the Dark

Book - 2015
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1916: Pretty young Eithne Clay runs a shabby-genteel South London boarding house while her husband is off at the War. There's Ralph, her fourteen-year old son, and Winnie the young maid, a homely, goodhearted country girl, and the lodgers, of course, a curious but necessary burden. They include blind Alwyne Flyte, communist and cynic, victim of a gas attack in the trenches. When the dreaded telegram arrives at the house, things turn from difficult to desperate for the two young women. Then along comes the butcher, Neville Turk, big handsome ladies' man, irresistible for his meat, money and brutish confidence, who throws flighty Eithne into a turmoil but has sinister plans of his own. Winnie and the blind lodger, meanwhile, conduct a strange, erotic liaison of their own. And young Ralph, ignored by his mother, looks on, feeling the undercurrents of desire, seeing more than he should. All the strands come together in a shocking denouement that turns a coward into a hero and young Ralph into a man. They're all in the dark with their dreams, secrets and fantasies, and electric light, new to their world, may be a boon but it reveals both grime and secrets. Life is tough on the home front and they're all working the system in different ways, sometimes comic sometimes tragic, always human.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Overlook Press,, 2015
ISBN: 9781468310924
Branch Call Number: FICTION Moggach 2015
Characteristics: 313 pages ; 24 cm


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Sep 23, 2016

Compelling historical drama; the author draws you into her characters' lives easily, you can sense the filth and misery of these difficult times. Definitely NOT the light humor I was used to in her other novels, but still worth reading.

WVMLStaffPicks Feb 01, 2015

Moggach continues to find new worlds to explore in her unsentimental, realistic and enthralling novels. Here a young war widow runs a boarding house in WWI London with her son and a trusted servant. Although life is a struggle, that is just the way things are until a wealthy and strangely compelling butcher inveigles himself into their world. Everything changes, not all for the better.

ManUtdFan Mar 16, 2012

Good light read (excuse the pun given the title). A few twists in the plot, captures the time period well and gives you the ending you have been waiting for throughout.


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