A Kiss in the Dark

A Kiss in the Dark

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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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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 138 x 198 x 24mm | 258g
  • Quercus Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1780870477
  • 9781780870472
  • 215,943

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Moving, thought provoking and utterly gripping from start to finish * Mizz on Cat Clarke * Clarke...succeeds brilliantly, thanks to the reality of the characters and the depth of the emotion * The Scotsman on Cat Clarke * I wholly, unabashedly and completely recommend this book * Inis Magazine on Cat Clarke * Undoubtedly one of the most exciting and talented YA writers in Britain * Library Mice on Cat Clarke * A satsifying and...all-too-credible thriller * Inis * Clarke excels at genuine page-turners with a heart of darkness and I read this in one greedy sitting. * The Bookseller * The best yet from the consistently great Cat Clarke, this is a stunning story of a relationship with a secret at the heart of it * Book Bag * A realistic, gritty novel of growing as a person, of loving a person of acceptance and one that will stick with you even after the last page! * Studio Reads * 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 * Good Reads *
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About Cat Clarke

Cat Clarke is the bestselling, award-winning author of seven YA novels. She was born in Zambia and brought up in Edinburgh and Yorkshire, which has given her an accent that tends to confuse people. She lives in Edinburgh with her partner, two ninja cats and two decidedly non-ninja cocker spaniels.
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Rating details

1,372 ratings
3.61 out of 5 stars
5 24% (331)
4 35% (476)
3 25% (349)
2 10% (137)
1 6% (79)

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I'm not really one for reading contemporary novels but I have been reading a few recently based on reviews I've read and this is one of them. I've read a few good reviews for this book so when the opportunity came up to request it on Netgalley I thought I'd give it a request and was accepted. This is my first Cat Clarke book and I've heard that she pulls quite the emotional punch and boy, she really, really does! It's hard to review this book without spoilers as it's a simple premise of 'boy meets girl' but one of them is hiding a REALLY big secret with the potential to ruin their new found love. You really can't say more than that without ruining it for someone who hasn't read it. Even the blurb is pretty vague to keep it's secrets intact from the reader. This does mean that this review is also going to be a bit vague and short so I don't spoil it but I must insist that you read this book though and I insist strongly! It's stunningly written book, very cleverly written in two halves called BEFORE and AFTER, the before written from Alex's perspective and the after written from Kate's and are set before the secret comes out (in quite some style I might add) and afterwards. It's a very interesting idea to write a book in such a way but it works so very well in this case and was a genius move. The writing is clear and precise and completely to the point, there is no 'filler' writing with no purpose as everything within it has it's place and is important to the overall story. Clever work indeed and emotional to read, even I welled up on the last page of the book and I NEVER cry at books, I feel the emotion but never cry so filling up was a bit of a surprise to me but a sign of a really, really good book! It's an emotional roller-coaster to read but it's truly a very well written and clever book indeed and I have a sneaking suspicion that this won't be my last Cat Clarke as I'm curious to see if her other books are like too.......I need to find out so has anyone any recommendations on which to try next?show more
by Thea Wilson
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