When Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby’s, a posh private school outside London, to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, the world-renowned prep school that her grandmother runs in the English countryside, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Plum Saybourne, the queen of St. Tabby’s “Smart Set”, surprisingly invited Scarlett to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew, Scarlett’s secret crush. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then…
Dan McAndrew suffocated in her arms.
No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby’s believes Scarlett had something to do with it. After all, she was the last person to see Dan alive. But now that she’s safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can’t. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed.
This mystery/romance novel by Lauren Henderson was very intriguing. The basic premise is pretty original: having someone die while you are kissing them. The heroine, Scarlett, is spunky and intelligent as she devotes herself to finding out the real cause of Dan’s death and often uses her gymnastic skills to help her in her investigation (such as stuffing herself in a dumbwaiter). Scarlett’s sidekick, Taylor (an American tomboy) is good as comic relief, and Jase (the gardener boy) keeps the novel from being totally romance-free after Dan’s death. Plum and her clique are suitably evil and entertaining, especially when they try to corner Scarlett at her locker. The plot gets a little slow in the middle of the book when Scarlett is stuck at Wakefield Hall, but it picks back up just in time for the cliffhanger of an ending. This light mystery novel is a very fun read, and I suggest you also pick up its sequel Kisses and Lies so you don’t agonize yourself over the ending for too long.
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