Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Kiss in the Dark by Lauren Henderson | Book Review

Reading Group: Anyone who enjoyed Kisses and Lies 

Personal Rating:  5 out of 5 Stars

Synopses: With Dan McAndrews's murder finally behind her, Scarlett has high hopes for a fresh start at Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the elite English boarding school her grandmother runs. Unfortunately, those hopes are dashed when her nemesis, the infamous Plum Saybourne, is transferred to the school. Plum wastes no time turning Scarlett’s impressionable classmates against her.

Scarlett has dealt with Plum’s nasty schemes before, and she can handle her archenemy very nicely, thank you—until Plum sets her sights on Scarlett’s best friend, Taylor, and new boyfriend, Jase. Then Scarlett is more than willing to fight for what’s rightfully hers.

Things only get worse after Scarlett becomes entangled in a mysterious death on campus. Scarlett is compelled to investigate because she wants to protect someone close to her. She never imagines that she’ll uncover secrets related to her parents’ fatal accident so many years ago. . . .

Cover: Scarlett and Taylor find Jase's dad laying in the lake similarly to how the girl on the cover of this book is.  I think the cover of this book is representative of how Scarlett gets herself involved in mysteries that have to do more with her than she originally thinks.  

My Review:  The third novel in The Scarlett Wakefield Series begins with Scarlett thinking she can move on from her past and only worry about getting caught with her boyfriend.  However, when Jase's dad turns up dead in the lake and he's the one arrested for the murder, Scarlett finds herself once again trying to solve the case.  At the same time, Plum is now attending the same school as Scarlett and turning the knowledge focused students into fashion obsessed Plum bots.  Plum also learns a secret about Taylor that puts her whole family at risk.  

The theme of this book could probably be summed up as discovery.  Scarlett discovers that Taylor's family works undercover for the FBI and Plum is holding it over her head, Jase took the fall for his grandmother killing his father until Scarlett figured it out, and Jase's dad was the one who killed Scarlett's parents all those years ago.  She does all she can to fix the problems surrounding the people she cares about, but doing all that and being only 17-years-old is a lot for one girl.  

The book ends and it appears that everything is all wrapped up, but there's one more book in the series which means there are still more secrets for Scarlett to learn...       

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