Released on 04 July 2013.

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Kiss Me First

3.38 based on 3263 ratings & 477 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Short-listed

Portsmouth First Fiction Award

2014 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award

2013 Short-listed

Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

2013 Short-listed

Guardian First Book Award

Synopsis

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

Leila has never met Tess, but she now knows more about Tess than anyone in the world. She’s read all of her emails, researched her past and asked Tess for every detail about her friends and family.

Tess has never met Leila. But if she wants to slip away from the world unnoticed, she needs to trust Leila with her life.

At first, Leila finds it easy to assume Tess’s identity, and no one has any reason to distrust her. But as Leila is soon to discover, there is much more to a person than the facts and there are things about life you can learn only by living it . . .

Original, haunting and utterly gripping, Kiss Me First is an electrifying debut from a phenomenally gifted storyteller.

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A finger-on-the-pulse take on identity as an online life replaces the real thing... A brilliant debut that boldly heads into some very dark places... but Lottie Moggach's approach - less doom and gloom and more wit and warmth - means that her two lead characters leap off the page
Marie Claire
Gripping... The potentialities and pitfalls of contemporary communication are brilliantly explored here. Lost souls are deftly brought together... Kiss Me First is a profound examination of the processes of storytelling itself: all characters are in some way telling fictions - to each other and to themselves. Moggach cleverly raises the question: what happens if we start believing our own fictions? ... At the core of this engrossing novel is the question 'who are you?' ... the pining for real human contact - as opposed to virtual - infuses this narrative with powerful pathos and poignancy'
Metro
Could this be the first coming-of-age novel for the internet generation? ... explores the dark side of friendship
Glamour