Title: Kiss in the Dark (Scarlett Wakefield Series)
Author: Lauren Henderson
Release Date: April 13, 2010
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Genre: Teen/YA, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5
Now that Scarlett Wakefield has finally figured out the mystery behind Dan’s death, she thinks she can settle down and have a normal life. After all, things with Jase are just getting better and better, and she finally has a best friend she can count on in Taylor. But when Plum, her arch-nemesis from her old school, shows up and makes it a point to make Scarlett’s life as difficult as possible, she decides she has to fight back, only to find herself in the middle of yet another mystery.
When I first heard there was a third book in Lauren Henderson’s Scarlett Wakefield series I was very confused as to what it might be about. After all, the central mystery of the first book was solved in the second so I wasn’t sure what puzzle Scarlett would be tackling next.
However, upon reading Kiss in the Dark, I discovered I had underestimated Lauren Henderson. She set the stage for the third novel during the second without me even realizing it.
Admittedly, the first half of the novel was slow. It was mostly consumed by Plum’s queen bee antics and Scarlett fretting about her relationship with Jase. It is only after another (rather shocking) mystery surfaces that the novel really comes into its own, able to stand on its own two feet.
The mystery was certainly interesting and really set up the next novel in the series. Though the initial premise of these books was a bit unbelievable, Henderson has done an excellent job developing this series and turning it into something compelling with an appealing main character and very interesting mysteries. I’m glad I’ve stuck with this series thus far, and most certainly will return for a fourth installment.