Everything You Do Is Wrong
By Amanda Coe
The brilliant new novel from the author of the critically acclaimed Getting Colder and What They Do in the Dark
'Do You Know This Girl?'
Harmony's teenage craving for drama is answered when a body is discovered by her aunt Mel on Evensand beach. But the naked, lifeless young woman turns out - problematically - to be alive. Unable to speak or remember where she came from, the woman is named Storm by her nurses.
Surrounded by doctors, psychiatrists and policemen, Storm remains provocatively silent. Harmony is desperate to fill in the gaps in Storm's story, while the responsibility Mel feels for the woman she rescued begins to skew the course of her own settled life. Their efforts to solve the mystery clash with the efforts of rookie constable Mason, assigned to the case and determined to help this damsel he feels to be very much in distress.
Will any of them be able to find out who Storm really is? And what if the distress belongs to everyone but her?
Everything You Do Is Wrong is a compelling exploration of how this enigma sets a family's good and bad intentions crashing into each other, with unforgettable consequences.
Amanda Coe is the acclaimed screenwriter and author who in 2013 won a BAFTA for the BBC Four adaptation of John Braine's Room at the Top, starring Maxine Peake. Her other credits include Life in Squares, Margot, As If and the recent BBC One adaptation of Apple Tree Yard. Her novels What They Do in the Dark and Getting Colder are published by Virago.
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19 Oct 2017
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I hugely enjoyed Everything You Do is Wrong - it's so vivid and so readable, like unpacking a magician's box to reveal secret after secret — Lissa Evans, author of Crooked Heart
With secrets and mix-ups vying for position, the mood of this strongly characterised, bleak tale reminded me of Broadchurch — Fanny Blake, Woman & Home
Amanda Coe writes with inventiveness and a vivid sense of place - those great skies and pounding waves in Everything You Do Is Wrong will look great on TV — Kate Saunders, The Times
Coe's bleak coastal town is a fitting backdrop for a novel that, for all its dark laughs , seems to resign its central characters to the unhappy loops of their lives — Observer