A Kiss in the Dark
by Cat Clarke
YA Contemporary, Romance
Real, compulsive and intense: Cat Clarke is the queen of emotional suspense. For fans of Paula Hawkins, Gillian Flynn, Megan Abbott and Jandy Nelson.
Can love survive the ultimate betrayal? A compelling story of love and identity from a bestselling author.
When Alex meets Kate the attraction is instant.
Alex is funny, good-looking, and a little shy – everything that Kate wants in a boyfriend.
Alex can’t help falling for Kate, who is pretty, charming and maybe just a little naive…
But one of them is hiding an unbelievable secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives…
I’m an absolute sucker for Cat Clarke. I think this is my third novel of hers, and I just love her books!
I love how easily Clarke blends mystery with contemporary. It’s what makes her books so hooking I think – because I’m always left wanting to find out how the story unfolds as I read. In A Kiss in the Dark, we follow our conflicting main character Alex, who is coming to terms with her sexuality and feelings for Kate so she decides to do the completely rational thing of pretending to be a boy so Kate will return her feelings. But as you would expect, when someone is hiding a secret as massive as this, not everything goes to plan…
With an instantly intriguing plot, this novel managed to pull it off so well. Clarke really amped up the tension and atmosphere throughout and I felt sucked into the story. My favourite thing about this was how complex each of the characters were. Instantly I was against what Alex was doing and could never imagine sympathising with her, and I could never manage not sympathising Kate but I feel like there were moments towards the end where both characters ended up being so morally grey! A really interesting read and another compelling novel. I’m slowly working my way through her back catalogue and she’s cementing herself as one of my favourite UKYA authors.
If you’re not reading Cat Clarke for some great LGBTQ rep—you’re really missing out!