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From a Zoella Book Club 2017 author 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 From a Zoella Book Club 2017 author 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...


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From a Zoella Book Club 2017 author 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 From a Zoella Book Club 2017 author 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...

30 review for A Kiss in the Dark

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chiara

    Horrible book. Honestly would never recommend this to anyone. Filled with queerphobic, transphobic, and cissexist bullshit. Also trivialises sexual assault - to put the cherry on top of the hot mess that is this book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty

    This review is deliberately short because of two reasons. Firstly I'm not certain I have the words to do it justice and secondly I don't want to spoil it for others. You can always rely on a Cat Clarke novel to rip you to shreds emotionally. This was no exception. It's gritty and hard hitting throughout. The story itself is one of those where you just know from the outset that it isn't going to end well for the characters involved. The situations they find themselves in are impossible and you ju This review is deliberately short because of two reasons. Firstly I'm not certain I have the words to do it justice and secondly I don't want to spoil it for others. You can always rely on a Cat Clarke novel to rip you to shreds emotionally. This was no exception. It's gritty and hard hitting throughout. The story itself is one of those where you just know from the outset that it isn't going to end well for the characters involved. The situations they find themselves in are impossible and you just know that whatever happens their lives are going to be changed forever. The thing I loved about this book more than anything else is the way it explored teenage sexuality without labels. All too often people want to put a label on a person to define the person they love and I think this book showed so brilliantly well that often sexuality has as much to do with making a connection with an individual be they male or female rather than a conscious choice to be attracted to someone of the same sex. YA needs more of this please. I adore the characters in this book and I loved the relationship that developed and desperately wanted to root for it whilst knowing all along that speeding towards an impossible place. I also loved that it was A UKYA novel not set in England. I loved the setting of Edinburgh and it has left me wanting to go back to visit again. All in all a perfect YA novel which blew me away from the start, had me gripped until the end and left me in emotional tatters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    May

    I seem to be the only person who doesn't adore this book. I'm not going to write a full review because it's unnecessary and my feelings can be summed up in one sentence: Kate and Alex are two of the most stupid characters in the YA genre. I seem to be the only person who doesn't adore this book. I'm not going to write a full review because it's unnecessary and my feelings can be summed up in one sentence: Kate and Alex are two of the most stupid characters in the YA genre.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ♫✯Em loves Hollenstein✯♫❤the summertime and butterflies all belong to your creation❤

    read half, skimmed the rest. not very memorable and very predictable but cute ending i guess?? didn't love the writing style. didn't really do anything for me and the characters were all dumb-asses. read half, skimmed the rest. not very memorable and very predictable but cute ending i guess?? didn't love the writing style. didn't really do anything for me and the characters were all dumb-asses.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    Actual rating - 3.5

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I'm a huge fan of Cat Clarke's writing, she always creates such realistic teenage characters and her stories never fail to pack a punch. I think A Kiss in the Dark might just be her best book yet which is really saying something! I'm afraid that this review is going to be deliberately vague because this is the kind of story that would be incredibly easy to spoil and I would hate to ruin anyone's experience of reading it. There are so many things I want to talk about when it comes to this novel an I'm a huge fan of Cat Clarke's writing, she always creates such realistic teenage characters and her stories never fail to pack a punch. I think A Kiss in the Dark might just be her best book yet which is really saying something! I'm afraid that this review is going to be deliberately vague because this is the kind of story that would be incredibly easy to spoil and I would hate to ruin anyone's experience of reading it. There are so many things I want to talk about when it comes to this novel and it's killing me that I can't discuss them. Alex and Kate are attracted to each other from the moment they first meet, they have the same interests, enjoy spending time together and slowly but surely they fall in love. In a lot of ways they are perfect for each other but Alex has a secret, one that has the power to destroy their relationship if Kate ever finds out the truth. The reader actually finds out what that secret is fairly on in the story and because the first half of the book is told from Alex's point of view we get to see just how much keeping that secret plays on their mind. Alex didn't set out to deceive Kate but what starts as a small misunderstanding between them soon snowballs into something so huge that Alex has no idea how to fix things. I spent half of the book just waiting for the truth to come out, you know Kate is going to be devastated and you're hurting on her behalf but you can't help but feel sorry for Alex even when you're wishing that they could have been honest with each other from the very beginning. After the big reveal the point of view switches so you can see exactly how hurt Kate was by Alex's betrayal. It was at this point she does something incredibly stupid as a way of getting revenge on Alex and although I was incredibly angry at her actions I couldn't help but wonder how I would have reacted in her situation. Kate quickly starts to realise how one small lie can snowball way beyond anything you'd have imagined and I think that probably helps her to see things from Alex's point of view. The real question is whether she will do the right thing by the end of the story or will she see her revenge through to the bitter end. A Kiss in the Dark is a gut wrenching read, I was so emotionally invested in both of these characters and it's very hard to imagine that the outcome of this relationship is going to be anything but heartbreaking which makes even the good times they spend together rather bitter sweet. This is the kind of book that makes you ask uncomfortable questions and I loved it for that. I would like to take a copy of this book and place it in the hands of every teenager I come across, there is a lot we can all learn from Alex and Kate's story and I applaud Cat Clarke for writing such an incredibly emotional book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    I was so on edge reading this because when a relationship starts with a lie, things can only go (dramatically) downhill. I was waiting for the moment Kate was told the truth about Alex, and thought that things would get better from then on, but nope. I had to read another 150 pages of angst and a fake sexual assault accusation. Both characters were digging themselves into holes they couldn't escape and I hated it, but couldn't stop reading it to see if the resolution was good. Also, in terms of I was so on edge reading this because when a relationship starts with a lie, things can only go (dramatically) downhill. I was waiting for the moment Kate was told the truth about Alex, and thought that things would get better from then on, but nope. I had to read another 150 pages of angst and a fake sexual assault accusation. Both characters were digging themselves into holes they couldn't escape and I hated it, but couldn't stop reading it to see if the resolution was good. Also, in terms of LGBT+, there were some pretty interesting (and negative) attitudes and feelings. I think that's just because the characters didn't understand where they stood, and that the term pansexual exists, that would have definitely applied well to both of them!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)

    I was super excited to read another book by Cat Clarke. I've loved all of her previous books and I love how emotional everything she's written has been. I especially loved the idea of this book.... the idea of a large secret that comes between two people starting out in a new relationship. I don't fully understand why the official product summary is vague about this secret that threatens this relationship between Alex and Kate, especially as the secret is revealed (to the reader) fairly quickly I was super excited to read another book by Cat Clarke. I've loved all of her previous books and I love how emotional everything she's written has been. I especially loved the idea of this book.... the idea of a large secret that comes between two people starting out in a new relationship. I don't fully understand why the official product summary is vague about this secret that threatens this relationship between Alex and Kate, especially as the secret is revealed (to the reader) fairly quickly. I wish that books such as this would be a little bit more open about the topics that it covers as I now feel like revealing the secret in this review will spoil something for others in their own reading experience. So I will have to keep the rest of this review slightly vague. I think the thing that I loved about this book is that it is a book that showcases the strength and beauty of love. I absolutely adored both main characters in this book, but especially Alex. Alex carries around this huge amount of guilt and for that I really came to care more for Alex than I ever expected despite the lies and deception that takes place. Alex is a person who believes that this relationship with Kate is an opportunity for happiness and love that could potentially be missed out for good if this secret is revealed. So things carry on with Kate far longer than they should and while Alex and Kate slowly fall in love with each other, their happiness is tinged with this awful foreboding for what will happen when all parties learn the truth. I felt really bad for both Alex and Kate. My heart absolutely broke for them both and while I hoped for a happy ending, it really didn't seem at all possible. A Kiss in the Dark is told in two parts, before and after, and we are able to see this relationship from both Alex and Kate's perspective which I think was really interesting, especially as in both parts each of these characters is dealing with some pressure and guilt for their own actions. I think it was definitely important to see things from both points of view in order to get a clear picture of everything that has happened though I did find it a little harder to connect with Kate's narration. The other thing that I really loved about this book is the support from Alex's mother and brother. I really love both of these characters and the ways in which Alex's mother and Jamie go out of their way to voice their love and acceptance of Alex both in subtle ways as well as in more explicit terms. A Kiss in the Dark was a really interesting book to read. I loved the way in which perceptions of gender and sexuality are challenged and explored. I found it interesting to see both main characters dealing with an awkward situation and carrying it on longer than necessary even when it becomes apparent how hurtful the consequences are because of how difficult it becomes to tell the truth. But more than anything else, I thought Alex and Kate's love was a really beautiful thing to witness and I'm so glad that I took this journey with them. Well done, Cat Clarke, for writing such a beautiful, emotional, and heart-wrenching story! Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Read more reviews at What Danielle Did Next This will be short and sweet because of spoiler risk and my overwhelming feels... A KISS IN THE DARK presented as a story of simple teen romance before turning my world upside down with an emotionally charged, beautiful story of love, perception, reality and heartbreak. This was my first Cat Clarke book but will not be my last! Alex and Kate meet online, bonding over a mutual love of music they agree to meet at a gig of their favourite band. The attract Read more reviews at What Danielle Did Next This will be short and sweet because of spoiler risk and my overwhelming feels... A KISS IN THE DARK presented as a story of simple teen romance before turning my world upside down with an emotionally charged, beautiful story of love, perception, reality and heartbreak. This was my first Cat Clarke book but will not be my last! Alex and Kate meet online, bonding over a mutual love of music they agree to meet at a gig of their favourite band. The attraction is instant, both feel for the first time that they belong, the connection they have always craved has finally manifested and for the most part this book is a story of the sweet naiveté of teen romance, those first faltering steps as barriers are broken down and risks are taken. Alex has a secret though, one that if Kate finds out could destroy the uneasy happiness both of them crave. My heart instantly starts to pick up pace when I think back over this book, at one stage I said "this is like a car crash, I simply cannot look away" and it was the truth. From the first pages I was hooked as Clarke drew me into this world that promised raw, blisteringly real human emotion that leaked out of every page and captivated me as I fervently hoped for the happy ending I craved. The subject matter is brutal as it deals with society and its expectations, its misunderstandings and confusions and its wish to put people in neat little boxes that don't cause offence or challenge the status quo. A KISS IN THE DARK tells the human side of what happens when people step out of the box and the destruction caused by words tossed out with little care. I never felt so deeply for a couple as I did for Alex and Kate. The book is split into two sections, Before and After with Before told by Alex and After by Kate. Despite the basic fact that Alex deceived Kate in a heartbreaking way, I adored Alex and craved from beginning to end that life would turn out okay for both teens. The change in narration was jarring but I think necessary to get both sides of the story and the effects of the lie on both Alex and Kate. What I love about this book is how it challenges your perceptions, it makes you think, it takes a story that from the blurb appears to be a bad case of insta-love and makes you care deeply for the pair. Clarke's ability to provide an insight into the teen mind and give the book the raw, blunt and endearing voice it needs to make this story work is remarkable. Alex and Kate's abilities to rationalise both the lie and its after-effects is so real and indicative of the coping mechanism we use all through our lives to escape the pain of life and put off dealing with the consequences for just a little longer. Astonishing, gritty and emotionally destructive in the best way possible, A KISS IN THE DARK is an unforgettable and important book of love, acceptance and the lengths necessary in today's society to grasp both.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Chrissi

    Cat Clarke is one of my auto-buy authors. Her books have always grabbed me, but at the same time destroyed me! They’re usually quite intense. They’re always well written. A Kiss In The Dark is no exception. Don’t be put off by the somewhat vague synopsis. It is an incredible book. A Kiss In The Dark is one of those books where I don’t want to say too much about it, because it would really ruin your reading experience. Therefore, reviewing it is incredibly tricky. I just want to fangirl over it, Cat Clarke is one of my auto-buy authors. Her books have always grabbed me, but at the same time destroyed me! They’re usually quite intense. They’re always well written. A Kiss In The Dark is no exception. Don’t be put off by the somewhat vague synopsis. It is an incredible book. A Kiss In The Dark is one of those books where I don’t want to say too much about it, because it would really ruin your reading experience. Therefore, reviewing it is incredibly tricky. I just want to fangirl over it, and tell you that you should totally read it. A Kiss In The Dark is about two teenagers, Alex and Kate who meet and form an instant bond. They fall in love deeply and intensely. They can’t bare to be apart. Right from the offset, I knew it wasn’t going to end well for either of them. I was just waiting for everything to fall to pieces in a heart-breaking way. Their story is told from both perspectives. This really enriched the reading experience for me. The reason I love Cat Clarke so much, is that she tells stories with brutal honesty. She doesn’t shy away from gritty subjects. I couldn’t put this book down, and I’m still thinking about it now. This book is a real winner for UK Young Adult fiction. I can’t speak highly enough of it. Apologies for the fairly vague review, but all I really had to say was… ‘READ IT!!!’

  11. 5 out of 5

    Leanna (daisychainbooks)

    Intense and gripping, A Kiss in the Dark is another page-turning winner from Cat Clarke. Filled to the brim with love, lies, secrets and heartache, Clarke’s latest offering demands to be read in one-sitting, thanks to its timely subject matter and jaw-dropping plot twists and turns. I’ve said this before of Cat Clarke’s books, and after reading A Kiss in the Dark, my thoughts remain the same: YA doesn’t get much better than this. Read the rest of my review: http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot.. Intense and gripping, A Kiss in the Dark is another page-turning winner from Cat Clarke. Filled to the brim with love, lies, secrets and heartache, Clarke’s latest offering demands to be read in one-sitting, thanks to its timely subject matter and jaw-dropping plot twists and turns. I’ve said this before of Cat Clarke’s books, and after reading A Kiss in the Dark, my thoughts remain the same: YA doesn’t get much better than this. Read the rest of my review: http://daisychainbookreviews.blogspot...

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dayna Johnson

    “Love was love. I truly believed that. And I had blown my one shot at it” A Kiss in the Dark revolves around two young teenagers who meet online, after many conversations where they become very familiar with one another they decide to meet in person. It’s clear from the ‘Before’ section of the book that these two individuals, Alex and Kate, feel very strongly about one another. It gave me warmth watching their relationship blossom, they share so many romantic and heart wrenching moments together. “Love was love. I truly believed that. And I had blown my one shot at it” A Kiss in the Dark revolves around two young teenagers who meet online, after many conversations where they become very familiar with one another they decide to meet in person. It’s clear from the ‘Before’ section of the book that these two individuals, Alex and Kate, feel very strongly about one another. It gave me warmth watching their relationship blossom, they share so many romantic and heart wrenching moments together. Despite being in full support of the relationship’s development it didn’t stop the anxiety in my chest raising its head... Anxiety at a secret one of the two held onto very tightly, this secret immediately planted the seed in my mind that there was no possible way this relationship would work out positively. Sadly I was correct. During the entire ‘Before’ sequence I shared Alex’s worry that the secret being held onto would eventually bring the relationship tumbling down. I found myself not wanting the character of Alex to get hurt or be misunderstood. After all Alex meant no harm with the secret in question. My worst fears as the reader were confirmed, however, when Kate unintentionally and very suddenly finds out the secret. She’s hurt, confused and engulfed in betrayal which I related to very strongly. Unfortunately, for me personally this sympathy towards Kate’s character was diminished the moment the second part of the book sequence began. This section was titled ‘After’ and portrays how quickly a hurtful secret can pave the way for an even more disastrous outcome. My feelings towards Kate during the time in which she causes the situation to escalate include frustration and disgust. It was an effort to continue reading as I was so shocked at the turn of events. Thankfully I stuck with the book and I’m glad I did because things eventually sorted themselves out. The ending was slightly abrupt but I do feel it got the important emotions and points across. Overall, I don’t think I’ll be re-reading this book but I enjoyed it nevertheless.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tom Lavoixdulivre

    (http://lavoixdulivre.blogspot.fr/2014...) What to say about this book? I’m washed out. There are no words for this novel, no way for me to say how much I loved this book. I fell in love with it, just as Alex and Kate fell in love. We have to survive this: our heart gets broken, and then we have to wait for it to be pieced back together. But when will it happen? There are no words to express this kind of emotional turmoil. Yet I have to do that, don’t I? This book is narrated by two voices, whic (http://lavoixdulivre.blogspot.fr/2014...) What to say about this book? I’m washed out. There are no words for this novel, no way for me to say how much I loved this book. I fell in love with it, just as Alex and Kate fell in love. We have to survive this: our heart gets broken, and then we have to wait for it to be pieced back together. But when will it happen? There are no words to express this kind of emotional turmoil. Yet I have to do that, don’t I? This book is narrated by two voices, which are emerging from the darkness to tell their story. Electrifying, endearing, disturbing and yet so very real … Alex and Kate meet on a forum. It’s total alchemy. The couple gets together as if it is inevitable. Their relationship is filled with tenderness. But one of them is hiding a secret. A terrible secret. “Can their love survive?” Everything begins tactfully. We plunge into a strange and terribly fascinating atmosphere; a mixture of attraction, fear and excitement. The feelings are brilliantly portrayed and there is this incredible atmosphere which urges you to believe in them. You become attached to this heartrending couple, where each point of view is unique and simply moving. You begin to dream, to see things from the point of view of Alex. Who also persuades us to believe this, who persuades us that anything is possible, yes, that this dream exists. This dream, this Love. This is an incredible dream-like ode to sincere, just and sweet feelings. Quintessentially, bearing in mind the idea that anything is possible, this book is wonderfully delicate. How can we not believe in it? How can you not tell yourself that love makes anything possible. Every moment from the beginning, enchants you, slowly at first, then more and more deeply. At the beginning, the story is interesting, engaging, then it gets more and more fascinating. All of this moves you and makes you understand that it’s much more than a simple love story. My heart was in my throat. When everything collapses, when everything changes, there is only the fear, the darkness, and no more kisses left. How can we get through it? What do broken dreams become? What does withered hope become? Cat Clarke answers these questions with tears and some love. In reality, this is a book about all of the above, but it’s also about lies. What is this lie? What does it bring? Good or bad. What is left in the end? Does the hope of truth remain? Poignant, this book brings answers, but questions as well. Sensitively and powerfully, Cat Clarke brings us a story like no other, that will have your heart in your throat and tears in your eyes. The lie will destroy everything. There is Alex. A person who is sweet, attentive, and who leads us to believe that everything could be different, unique, dreamy. Hope and heart, Love and fear. The first part is sincerely wonderful, endearing in all aspects, but also so heartrending and captivating: how will it resolve itself? Then there is Kate, down to earth and in love, she stays in our hearts and we wonder, what is left of her feelings? What is left for her? Will she ever recover? They’re a couple, just a couple. But this is so real, it’s our turn to fall in love with them. Who do we fall in love with? People are just people, aren’t they? Questions. Always the same questions throughout the story which captivate you. Cat Clarke leads us in a dance and we get transported on a movement so marvelous, and not as alien as we might think, in a blend of black and white, hot and cold, lie and truth… And when all is lost, we understand that this is more complex than that. And that everything is different from this incredible dream we forged with Alex and Kate. On what does love rely? All these questions are touched on with depth and an infallible intelligence. These questions ran on a loop in my head, and they’re still running. I’ve been looking for the answers since I finished the book… but I always come back to the same thing: this intelligence used with care and depth confuses you and brings so many feelings out in you… This couple is sincerely wonderful and this ending is… indescribable. Extraordinary. (What else is there to say?!) Indeed, Cat Clarke handles our feelings with skill in order to bring us into this incredible story in a believable way, never wavering. Her writing style is simple but endearing and effective. Words smash against us. A writing genius, she tells us about the discernible existence of love and the terrifying threat of lies. What remains after that? What remains after A Kiss in the Dark? The incredible hope of a happy ending haunts us throughout the whole book. This is the main question of the novel: can love, true love, survive in any circumstances? And are lies the most destructive force in the world? More generally, the novel is about hope. The hope of a sweet, wonderful life, far away from darkness, spent in someone else’s arms or in the warmth of a sunset on the beach. This book is about hope that illuminates the darkness … much like a kiss in the dark.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Starsandsun18

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Things like this really do happen in real life. I remembered that this also happened to someone I know. She was devastated of course because she invested a lot in the relationship. Only to find out it was all a lie. Love is the reason people make crazy things. I can't say that I totally understand why you have to trick someone you love but also I'm trying to put myself into her shoes. For the first part, you can read Alex's POV. It made me nervous because although you know that something will happ Things like this really do happen in real life. I remembered that this also happened to someone I know. She was devastated of course because she invested a lot in the relationship. Only to find out it was all a lie. Love is the reason people make crazy things. I can't say that I totally understand why you have to trick someone you love but also I'm trying to put myself into her shoes. For the first part, you can read Alex's POV. It made me nervous because although you know that something will happen, like you're just waiting for the shoe to drop, you still continue to read it. She's16 and actually think she's really sweet. She idolize her older brother Jamie. She met Kate online. They chatted and eventually met on a concert. And from there, things had gotten serious about them. They fell in love. Only Alex had a secret. She pretended to be a boy. The second part is Kate's POV. And I'm literally biting my nails. You can read about how hurt she is of the betrayal and because of that, she made up things to hurt Alex too. I wanted to shake her. Things got pretty messed up. I'm torn with feeling sorry for Kate and hating her. Teenagers and their twisted minds. It's easier to lie than to tell the truth. You have to really wait for things to be drastic before you do something. Whew! What a ride. Very angst filled. Warning: Deception and lies. Tons of lies.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stef White

    I have literally just finished this book and I don't even remember how to function. There are no words for what I feel right now. Why do you do this to me Cat. Why do you end books that way? You can't leave it like that! I want more. No I need it!! This was just beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful and horrible and made me hurt in so many different ways. I'm not going to say anything else because it'll turn spoilery :) I have literally just finished this book and I don't even remember how to function. There are no words for what I feel right now. Why do you do this to me Cat. Why do you end books that way? You can't leave it like that! I want more. No I need it!! This was just beautiful and heartbreaking and wonderful and horrible and made me hurt in so many different ways. I'm not going to say anything else because it'll turn spoilery :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    Having read and adored Cat Clarke's other novels- Entangled, Torn and Undone- I was expecting great things from A Kiss in the Dark. However, I did not anticipate just quite how potent and moving the story would be. As others have stated, it's challenging to review this book without giving too much of the plot away- a reason why the book description is so vague. However, what I can say is that this novel is simply beautiful. The perspective of both main characters, Alex and Kate, are explored dee Having read and adored Cat Clarke's other novels- Entangled, Torn and Undone- I was expecting great things from A Kiss in the Dark. However, I did not anticipate just quite how potent and moving the story would be. As others have stated, it's challenging to review this book without giving too much of the plot away- a reason why the book description is so vague. However, what I can say is that this novel is simply beautiful. The perspective of both main characters, Alex and Kate, are explored deeply, in separate halves of the book, although I must admit that I felt a stronger connection with Alex. I like how Clarke has given both characters a difficult secret and a lie to deal with, which they must work to overcome. The book also challenges society, and its idea of what is right and what is wrong, which is a bold move by Clarke. Despite being masked by the face value of a teenage romance fiction, there are some far deeper subject matters examined, such as accepting sexuality, which can be, as the characters clearly demonstrate, a struggle to face up to due to the views of society, whether these views are morally correct or not. Another theme covered is the matter of love, and again whether love can ever be 'right' or 'wrong', but I can't go into detail as this may spoil part of the plot for those of you who have not yet read the book. On another note, the characters are surprisingly likable (if you have read other books by Cat Clarke, you may notice that sometimes the protagonists can be somewhat hard to like at times), and you can really find yourself in their situation. It's very easy to root for the characters, and I desperately wanted everything to work out okay for Alex and Kate in the end. All the characters seem realistic in my mind, and I could hear Alex and Kate's voices during their points of view in the book so vividly. A Kiss in the Dark is extremely moving, and Clarke has great skill in pulling on the reader's emotions through her writing. I can remember feeling light and joyous one moment, before turning the page and wanting to cry. Anyway, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. I think it might just be my favourite Cat Clarke novel to date, and I greatly look forward to her next book, Safe and Sound, which will be released next spring.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Todd

    A Kiss in the Dark was raw and frank and I was gripped from the very beginning. I have been staring at a blank page and blinking cursor for ages now, and still cannot think how on earth to write this review to both do the book justice and convey just how amazing it is. Alex and Kate are two teens who meet and form an instant bond. Straight away they fall deeper into their feelings for each other and can barely stand to be apart. But one of them is keeping a secret and the other has no idea. Told A Kiss in the Dark was raw and frank and I was gripped from the very beginning. I have been staring at a blank page and blinking cursor for ages now, and still cannot think how on earth to write this review to both do the book justice and convey just how amazing it is. Alex and Kate are two teens who meet and form an instant bond. Straight away they fall deeper into their feelings for each other and can barely stand to be apart. But one of them is keeping a secret and the other has no idea. Told firstly from Alex’s POV and then Kate’s, we get an incredible insight into both of these characters. A secret, a lie and an impossible situation. Cat Clarke has an amazing talent of showing us gritty story lines in unflinching honesty and I admire her bravery and this book shines because of it. It was rich and vibrant with Edinburgh as the backdrop to the story and the characters simply leapt off the page is startling clarity and Technicolor. Once I started this book I could barely put it down and the deeper into the story I got, the more it held me until the end. It is real and I can’t stop thinking about it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    vicky.

    Alex and Kate met online. He is everything she wants in a boyfriend and she is everything he wants in a girlfriend. But one of them has a secret that could ruin their relationship. Well, I saw the big twist coming. It was more or less what I had expected. However, what I hadn't expected was to be hooked. The book is divided in two parts, before and after. The before, where we meet Alex and Kate and one of them still don't know about the secret was my favorite. I'm pretty sure I read it in like, t Alex and Kate met online. He is everything she wants in a boyfriend and she is everything he wants in a girlfriend. But one of them has a secret that could ruin their relationship. Well, I saw the big twist coming. It was more or less what I had expected. However, what I hadn't expected was to be hooked. The book is divided in two parts, before and after. The before, where we meet Alex and Kate and one of them still don't know about the secret was my favorite. I'm pretty sure I read it in like, three hours. It was a solid five stars. But then the after came. I was expecting a hug and a quick reconciliation, but instead there was a huge misunderstanding and even more problems! Maybe it was more realistic this way, I don't know. And the ending felt rushed, too. I hate being this vague, but it's difficult to review this without giving any spoilers. The characters where really well written and the acted like teenagers. And they, wow!, to talk to their parents. A quick and enjoyable read that I wish I could give a five stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1.5 stars ✨ (contains spoilers!) I didn't like this book but I also wanted to keep reading to see how it all would come together... It wasn't what I was expecting and it wasn't what I wanted at all. I didn't like what happened especially how Kate reacted. I mean yes it's not OK what Alex did but it's very serious to accuse someone of assault. The ending shouldn't have been that way. It's too easy. She should have admitted to lying way sooner. Overall, this book just made me angry at the choices th 1.5 stars ✨ (contains spoilers!) I didn't like this book but I also wanted to keep reading to see how it all would come together... It wasn't what I was expecting and it wasn't what I wanted at all. I didn't like what happened especially how Kate reacted. I mean yes it's not OK what Alex did but it's very serious to accuse someone of assault. The ending shouldn't have been that way. It's too easy. She should have admitted to lying way sooner. Overall, this book just made me angry at the choices that the characters made.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ailsa

    I really wanted to love this but unfortunately I just... didn't. I thought it dealt with LGBTQ issues clumsily (trans people are all deceitful and lie about their gender!) and it was really not satisfying. I enjoyed aspects of this book especially the fact it's set in Edinburgh where I'm from but I don't think it handled sensitive issues with enough nuance. I really wanted to love this but unfortunately I just... didn't. I thought it dealt with LGBTQ issues clumsily (trans people are all deceitful and lie about their gender!) and it was really not satisfying. I enjoyed aspects of this book especially the fact it's set in Edinburgh where I'm from but I don't think it handled sensitive issues with enough nuance.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Read in one sitting, writing as compulsive as ever with Cat Clarke, and a subject matter that properly challenges assumptions about sexuality.

  22. 5 out of 5

    maddi rose

    This was complete and utter trash

  23. 5 out of 5

    Claire Gilmour

    I really loved the start of this book - easy to read and kept me turning the pages. By about half way I was starting to overthink the characters and some of their decisions.. I had to stop myself and decided that I would just enjoy this book for what it was, young adult fiction with a few twists and turns. And that’s what I did. I enjoyed it. 3 stars.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tasneem

    Very disappointed with this book. It was boring and dragged on a lot. :(

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cho

    not as suspenseful as her other books but the story is pretty good (heartbreaking but kinda sweet)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    There is no way I can review this book by outlining any of the plot or themes, otherwise I will totally ruin it for you. So, here’s the blurb: 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 a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives. A There is no way I can review this book by outlining any of the plot or themes, otherwise I will totally ruin it for you. So, here’s the blurb: 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 a secret, and as their love blossoms, it threatens to ruin not just their relationship, but their lives. A Kiss In The Dark was a phenomenal book. From the moment I started it, I felt like I was in for a treat and very quickly I was sucker punched by a huge bombshell and I was HOOKED. The characters in this book (the main two being Kate and Alex) developed incredibly well over the course of the book and as we found out more about their lives and their relationship, I began to see them as two complex characters who I honestly felt a connection with. The narrative is divided into two sections: one from Kate’s point of view and one from Alex’s. This aspect was really well executed and it ended with me siding with both characters, not able to hate or dislike one more than the other, feeling sorry for them both. Clarke has such skill in writing for a YA audience and for teasing certain emotions from the reader. Without sounding clichéd, I went on a huge roller-coaster of emotions. Anger, fear, shock, hatred and love were just a handful of the emotions I felt whilst reading and I cannot imagine anyone being able to read this book without having similar emotional reactions. The descriptions of settings were spot on and whilst they were secondary to the real action that was going on, it still felt as though they had been painstakingly worked on to make them as beautiful as they were. Once I’d put this book down I wasn’t sure how I felt. I had LOVED the book up until the last few chapters and then I felt like the ending had been resolved too easily and was a little rushed. My one wish is that there had been some kind of epilogue set a few months after the book to see what had happened to the characters; otherwise it felt like a little bit of a cop out. However, having said that, I still give this book four and a half stars and urge anyone to read it straight away. You will not be disappointed.

  27. 4 out of 5

    AmeVicky

    As a huge fan of Cat Clarke and having read and loved Undone, Torn, and Entangled, I was quite disappointed by A Kiss in the Dark. This review is a bit difficult to write because I'm not too sure how I feel about this book. The biggest problem I had with this book was that I wasn't able to believe the naivety of Kate McAllister. I mean, I know she's supposed to be an inexperienced teen or whatever but how could she possibly be that stupid? One of the things that people most love about read As a huge fan of Cat Clarke and having read and loved Undone, Torn, and Entangled, I was quite disappointed by A Kiss in the Dark. This review is a bit difficult to write because I'm not too sure how I feel about this book. The biggest problem I had with this book was that I wasn't able to believe the naivety of Kate McAllister. I mean, I know she's supposed to be an inexperienced teen or whatever but how could she possibly be that stupid? One of the things that people most love about reading about young love and first love is the innocence and being able to relate to the feeling of love. But this book somehow turned that innocence into an annoying kind of stupidity. And am I the only one that had a problem with Kate (view spoiler)[ not having ANY clue that Alex was actually a girl? Surely, if nothing else, Alex's voice would have been a giveaway? Okay, so she hid her boobs, wore her brother's clothes, and stuffed a tube of mints down her pants, but how can anyone believe none of the characters (Kate, Kate's mother, Astrid, Justin) had even the slightest doubt at the sound of Alex's voice? I get that nobody expected a girl to pretend to be a boy and I'm not saying that all boys must have very deep voices or anything, but this is a bit hard to believe. (hide spoiler)] I had this doubt throughout the book and so I couldn't really get into it and enjoy it the way I enjoyed Clarke's other books. The reason I gave this book three stars is that I just totally and completely LOVED the other books written by Clarke and I did see flickers of the beautiful, heart wrenching style of her writing in A Kiss in the Dark although it wasn't nearly as captivating as Clarke's other works.

  28. 4 out of 5

    SJH (A Dream of Books)

    One of the things I like about Cat Clarke books is that they always make me question my own opinions. I may not always feel comfortable with some of the scenarios and situations she puts her characters in but I think that's a good thing because Clarke often shows that things are not always as clear cut as they may first appear to be and this makes you think twice about your own feelings and standpoint. 'A Kiss in the Dark' throws up a lot of questions about identity which will resonate with teen One of the things I like about Cat Clarke books is that they always make me question my own opinions. I may not always feel comfortable with some of the scenarios and situations she puts her characters in but I think that's a good thing because Clarke often shows that things are not always as clear cut as they may first appear to be and this makes you think twice about your own feelings and standpoint. 'A Kiss in the Dark' throws up a lot of questions about identity which will resonate with teen readers. At a time when a lot of young people are just starting to work out who they are and who they want to be, I think the character of Alex is one that readers will find some sympathy for. A question mark hangs over many of the decisions that Alex makes throughout the story - were these made intentionally or unintentionally and this is something that I thought a lot about as I was reading. I have to admit that I still wasn't entirely sure of how I felt about things by the end of the book. Based on a real life set of events, I'm going to avoid talking about the storyline at all because there is the potential to accidentally reveal a huge spoiler. Although this is revealed after only a few chapters, it is one that completely took me by surprise and turned everything on it's head. I can't imagine anyone would be able to guess what happens. This secret forms the structure of the book which is split into a before and after the reveal. Although 'A Kiss in the Dark' isn't my favourite Cat Clarke book, I still thought it was an extremely thought-provoking read which was brilliantly written and absolutely fascinating in terms of the very different storyline.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ajita

    Alex and Kate are madly in love. They first chat online and than met at their favorite band’s gig. Everything between them seems perfect, but it’s not and Kate doesn’t know it. Alex carries a big secret with him. The first part of the book, Before, is told from his point of view. You’ll see how he struggles with his secret and will come to understand his decisions. The second part, After, is told from Kate’s point of view. This takes places after she’s found out Alex’ secret. I want to elaborate Alex and Kate are madly in love. They first chat online and than met at their favorite band’s gig. Everything between them seems perfect, but it’s not and Kate doesn’t know it. Alex carries a big secret with him. The first part of the book, Before, is told from his point of view. You’ll see how he struggles with his secret and will come to understand his decisions. The second part, After, is told from Kate’s point of view. This takes places after she’s found out Alex’ secret. I want to elaborate more, but I have to be careful because I don’t want to spoil. As a reader you’ll find out very quickly what’s going on with Alex, which was a good thing, because that left room for seeing him struggle. Kate first came across as a bubbly, but naive girl. Just like Alex she carried a secret, which actually stems from Alex’ secret. I found it a little cliché, but there were twists and turns there. I did not expect that the book would leave such an impact on me. The writing itself was good. Alex’ story was told differently than Kate’s. It was told in the past tense so sometimes he would leave hints about what would happen next. Personally I found the Before and After a very good choice. If you’re looking for a strong YA novel, I would highly recommend this book.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Katie Hurse

    Definitely my least favourite Cat Clarke book that I've read. I think part of the problem was how much this read as melodrama - I mean, I get it, it was obviously a highly dramatic, awful situation for both characters, but Kate especially just read as such a drama queen. I really didn't like her as a character at all. This was 350 pages long but I feel like nothing much really happened for me as a reader because we know the big secret within the first few chapters - the only thing to hold your i Definitely my least favourite Cat Clarke book that I've read. I think part of the problem was how much this read as melodrama - I mean, I get it, it was obviously a highly dramatic, awful situation for both characters, but Kate especially just read as such a drama queen. I really didn't like her as a character at all. This was 350 pages long but I feel like nothing much really happened for me as a reader because we know the big secret within the first few chapters - the only thing to hold your interest is waiting for Kate to find out the truth, which wasn't enough of an interest point for me. I only didn't DNF because Cat's writing is so easy to read, and I really do want to be able to say I have read all of her books (because I usually love them!). I also think there needed to be some more positivity around sexuality in this book - Alex's mum was good and her brother was a great character, but otherwise, everybody seemed so archaic and angsty when it came to talking about being gay. At least one or two characters couldn't even seem to SAY the word. I know that this is realistic for some people, and that these types of people do exist, but I worry here that alongside the drama and selfishness, it just all ended up being SO negative.

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