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Kiss Me First

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

3.38 based on 3110 ratings & 459 reviews on Goodreads.com

2014 Short-listed

Portsmouth First Fiction Award

2014 Long-listed

Waverton Good Read Award

2013 Short-listed

Guardian First Book Award

2013 Short-listed

Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year

Synopsis

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.

In the media

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
Without doubt, this is one of our favourite books of the summer... dramatic and intriguing... an absolutely unputdownable page turner... Aside from the twists and turns of an entirely unpredictable story, the arresting characters are fascinating, exploring the complexities and contradictions of human beings. When your jaw doesn't drop at the dark, desperate and often horror-inducing behaviour of others, you find yourself squinting at an unpleasant reflection of yourself, and the way we can all behave when we're hiding behind a computer screen. Kiss Me First is a sharp, insightful and engrossing commentary on how human nature is adapting to life on the internet
Red
Intriguing... disturbing... you won't feel quite the same in an internet chatroom after you've finished it'
Evening Standard