Released on 04 July 2013.

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Kiss Me First

A dark literary thriller that will have you hooked from the first page

3.38 based on 3115 ratings & 460 reviews on

2014 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award

2014 Short-listed

Portsmouth First Fiction Award

2013 Short-listed

Guardian First Book Award

2013 Short-listed

Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year


Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award

Kiss Me First is a gripping mystery from debut novelist, Lottie Moggach.

On the internet, we can be anyone we choose. No one knows who we really are.

Sheltered and obsessive, Leila spends more time online than out in the real world. So she seems the ideal person to take over the virtual identity of the vivacious and fragile Tess, who wants to disappear. But even with all the facts at her fingertips, there are things that Leila can’t possibly know about Tess – or herself – until it is too late . .

Soon to be dramatised in a major production for E4 and Netflix by Brian Elsey, co-creator of E4 teen drama Skins.

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A gripping psychological thriller about a woman who takes on someone else's identity online
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'
A wow of a debut... It's a wonderfully gripping story about the clash between virtual and actual reality