Released on 05 April 2018.

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Kiss Me First

TV Tie-In Edition

3.38 based on 3160 ratings & 467 reviews on

2014 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award

2014 Short-listed

Portsmouth First Fiction Award

2013 Short-listed

Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

2013 Short-listed

Guardian First Book Award


Now a major Channel 4 and Netflix TV series from the co-creator of Skins, Bryan Elsey.

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

'The first thriller to truly tackle a life lived online' Harper's Bazaar

Sheltered and obsessive, Leila spends more time online than in the real world. So she seems like 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 . . .

Kiss Me First is a powerful thriller and now the inspiration for a major TV series which will air on Channel 4 and Netflix. An innovative, unsettling and moving coming-of-age story.

In the media

Could this be the first coming-of-age novel for the internet generation? ... explores the dark side of friendship
A wow of a debut... It's a wonderfully gripping story about the clash between virtual and actual reality
A terrific success, captivating and consuming from the outset. Leila, our unreliable but compelling narrator, casts a powerful spell... This is a novel that gets darker with each turn of the page. The plot is intelligent, thought-provoking and asks questions about a huge range of pertinent topics including identity, ethics, mental health and the dangers of living a virtual reality. It's a high-speed train of a book that will have you clinging to the arm rests for the whole suspenseful, creepy jaunt... If you want a chilling thiller that is fast-paced, contemporary, intelligent and intriguing, this book is for you... a brilliantly dark look at the dangerous powers of the internet... thought-provoking and truly thrilling