Best Book Read in June & July: A KISS IN THE DARK by Cat Clarke

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 | Leave a comment

My reading for the last couple of months has been rubbish. My life went into overdrive the day after Glimpse released — but sadly not for book related reasons — and has only just stopped for a few days’ breather. Now I’ve got a little free time, I’m trying to use it for writing rather than diving into my massive TBR pile…though I wish I could do both!

Over the last couple of months I’ve read:

  • The Fearless by Emma Pass – a post-apocalyptic story about a girl trying to keep her brother safe from an army of violent, mind-altered people. A unique idea and a refreshing zombie story without zombies. Crossing my fingers for a sequel.
  • Raging Star by Moira Young – the final book in the Dustlands trilogy. I adored the first two books, Blood Red Road and Rebel Heart, so was keen to find out how it would all end. I found it a satisfying conclusion (if a little more bitter than sweet) but it didn’t hook me as much as the others.

And finally (yes, finally – it really has been an awful couple of months, reading-wise) I read A Kiss in the Dark by Cat Clarke.

A kiss in the dark

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.

I’ve been aware of Cat Clarke ever since she released Entangled (which I was annoyed about at the time, as Glimpse was called Entangled in those days — I’ve since forgiven Cat for the effort it took me to think of a new title!). Cat Clarke has a great reputation as a UKYA author writing contemporary thrillers and LGBTQ themes, yet for some reason it’s taken me a while to pick up her books. A Kiss in the Dark is the first I’ve read, and I’m now planning to get to her others ASAP.

It’s hard to review A Kiss in the Dark without giving away a twist in the plot which isn’t revealed in the blurb, yet is revealed to the reader very early on. It limits what I can say, as the secret mentioned on the back cover forms the basis for the whole book. All I can say is that I enjoyed the book — as did my Other Half! Early on, I read a paragraph or two to him (about a packet of mints, if you’ve read it) and was then banned from reading any more without him.

We both found we enjoyed the first half of the story — Alex’s narrative — more than we did the second half and Kate’s, but were satisfied with the ending. A unique, cleverly handled storyline, and well worth a read.

What’s the best book you’ve read so far this summer?

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