Kiss Me First

Kiss Me First

Book rating: 03 Hardback

By (author) Lottie Moggach

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  • Publisher: PICADOR
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 216mm x 37mm | 487g
  • Publication date: 4 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1447233190
  • ISBN 13: 9781447233190
  • Sales rank: 272,352

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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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Lottie Moggach lives in London. This is her first novel.

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By Paula Goberna 28 Nov 2013 4

I didn't know what to expect from "Kiss me first" when I started to read it, and even when I was halfway through, I was still surprised by it. Its unconventional, unexpected storyline is gripping. Disturbing, at times. What would you do if you poured your heart out to someone who is not who you think they were?

Moggach, whose strong suit is not creating characters, surely knows how to build tension and stoke the reader's interest by controlling the rhythm of the story. She has created an addictive book. A suspenful thriller that I couldn't put down about how social networks have changed our lives.

By Georgina Carr 21 Nov 2013 3

Kiss Me First is a brilliant idea for a story, in the world of Facebook and Twitter, it makes the reader consider their digital footprint and proves to be a thrilling reminder of the impact social media now has on our lives.

Told in a series of diary entries written by Leila to explain how she became Tess's online impersonator, the story has you on edge as you know that something just has to go wrong, but it is so plausible that it just might succeed.

The characters are not particularly endearing, but as frustratingly judgemental as Leila was, she did tug at my heart strings as she began to live vicariously through the made up life she was portraying online, and each status update had me squirming with tension as I was just waiting for her to slip up. This book will not appeal to everyone, but if you have an open mind it is worth giving a go.

A great debut but which could have used its potential further, I hope to see more from this author.

By Charlotte Song 21 Oct 2013 4

Kiss Me First is a compelling and haunting read that makes me think about the possibility of talking to someone you thought you knew, sharing all your thoughts to them and only to discover that a complete stranger is communicating with you instead.

Leila, the main character, might not be the most likable character but it was very interesting to read about how she came about 'Project Tess' and her correspondence with her up until she 'checked-out'.

The subject of stolen identity was very interesting to read about however this book might not be for everyone. I still very much enjoyed it. There isn't a lot of mystery and thrill in it but it was good enough to make me feel a little creeped out. I do recommend this book if you think the synopsis sounded very interesting to you.

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'A brave, poignant and humane novel about society's taboos -- and the cost of breaking them. Lottie Moggach has put her finger to the pulse of our times.' Liz Jensen, author of The Rapture 'Witty, suspenseful, satirical and bold. A Patricia Highsmith for the Facebook age.' Polly Samson, author of Perfect Lives 'I was gripped from the first page, moved throughout, and swallowed the book whole.' Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree 'Unputdownable' India Knight 'Kiss Me First has deft, expert writing, a startlingly original plot, and two central characters -- cerebral, sheltered, obsessive Leila and charismatic, unstable Tess -- who leap off the page. This is a dark, disturbing, needle-sharp exploration of how the internet age is transforming our idea of reality and identity.' Tana French, author of In the Woods 'Raises important questions... original, brave' Evening Standard 'An exceptional debut... This really is the book that everyone will be reading.' The Bookseller 'Embraces new media with a playful vehemence laid out in a clean, crisp prose style... great panache, humour and engaging insight... However, while social media might be the framework for this novel, it is not the heart. This is the story of a socially isolated young woman, still grieving for the loss of her mother, who finds meaning, hope and perhaps love in the lives of others. Kiss Me First is a refreshing, skilfully-handled novel very much of our times' Booktrust 'Hailed as this year's Gone Girl, make room in your beach bag for this' Elle 'Riveting and thought-provoking, Kiss Me First is the intelligent novel of the social media age I've been waiting for.' Emma Chapman, author of How To Be a Good Wife 'What is identity in the digital age? And how do you know anyone is who they say they are? That is the dilemma that lies at the heart of this slippery tale, featuring the most unreliable narrator this side of Gone Girl. The first thriller to truly tackle the shifting sands of a life lived online, I couldn't put it down.' Sam Baker, Harper's Bazaar 'I tore through Lottie Moggach's Kiss Me First. Gripping, quirky, twisty -- quite a ride.' Harriet Lane, author of Alys Always 'This original and unsettling psychological thriller is already one of the most talked-about debut novels of the year... Worryingly convincing, Kiss Me First is a brilliantly twisty thriller that will make you wonder how well you really know your online friends' Irish Times 'I was fascinated by Kiss Me First -- its unique premise got my interest from the start and Lottie Moggach's confident and compelling writing sustained it. An impressive debut.' Jessica Ruston, author of The Darker Side of Love 'Kiss Me First has all the hallmarks of a psychological thriller bestseller... complete with plenty of twists and turns. Disturbing and compelling in equal measures, this is a tightly plotted and irresistible debut which packs a hefty punch. One of those rare beasts: a true page-turner' Laissez-Faire magazine 'A gripping psychological thriller... Moggach's skill in plotting means readers won't anticipate the twists and turns built into the story, making for an intensely enjoyable reading experience. Memorable and fast-moving' Publisher's Weekly, starred review 'Lottie Moggach's psychologically terrifying debut thriller, Kiss Me First, will have you questioning your presence on the world wide web' Publishers Weekly 'Smart and darkly funny... a high-concept plot, a terrific narrator and plenty of big questions about human identity in an online world' Reader's Digest 'Lottie Moggach's very smart Kiss Me First is a moving coming of age story hidden within a harrowing mystery... The story's suspense will keep you reading, but it's Leila's surprisingly emotional journey toward selfhood that will stick with you long after you've finished this wonderful first novel.' Scott Smith, author of A Simple Plan 'Lottie Moggach enters the literary scene with a bang in this very modern thriller that takes identity fraud to the next level... a gripping debut that will have you looking over your virtual shoulder as you de-clutter your friends list' Stylist