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.
This is proving to be an incredibly difficult review to write.
At the forefront of the story is a lie (a secret of sorts) and I don't want to give anything away and ruin what every reader deserves to discover.
Cat Clarke has penned a story that will have you turning the pages eager to know what will happen next, it's not the secret that has you turning the pages but the emotions that you feel from the characters.
Told from both the narratives of Alex and Kate, the reader is given full access to their mindset and their reasoning behind their actions.
Both characters show their flaws to the reader and this makes them relatable. We've all been teenagers, had our secrets and told lies (whether big or small)
My favourite character had to be Alex's brother, Jamie.
Idolised by Alex and described as a womaniser, Jamie had a softness about him. He was highly protective of his sibling and I really enjoyed reading about the traditions they shared together.
There wasn't a nasty character to the book, a couple of teenagers who thought they were better than everyone else but I'm sure you knew people like that at school.
To find a story that deals with such a deep issue but in a way where the reader doesn't take sides was a unique experience for me and for that reason alone I would recommend this book, the chance to discover there are two sides to every story and somewhere within is the truth.
The truth is, I was so eager to discover how the story would play out, so much so that I read it in a day.
It got me thinking, how far would you let a lie go...
A big thank you to Lauren at Quercus for sending me a copy to review.
Quercus are running a fantastic competition:
Tweet why you want a signed competition copy of Cat Clarke’s A Kiss in the Dark between the 31st March and 4pm on 4th April. Make sure you @Cat_Clarke & include the #AKITD to be in with a chance of winning. The winner will be announced on Friday 4th at 4:30pm. Good luck.