Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Kiss Me First

byLottie Moggach

Paperback | July 9, 2013

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A chilling and intense first novel, this is the story of a solitary young woman drawn into an online world run by a charismatic web guru who entices her into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman.

When Leila discovers the website Red Pill, she feels she has finally found people who understand her. A sheltered young woman raised by her mother, Leila has often struggled to connect with the girls at school; but on Red Pill, a chat forum for ethical debate, Leila comes into her own, impressing the website's founder, a brilliant and elusive man named Adrian. Leila is thrilled when Adrian asks to meet her, and is flattered when he invites her to be part of "Project Tess." 

Tess is a woman Leila might never have met in real life. She is beautiful, urbane, witty, and damaged. As they email, chat, and Skype, Leila becomes enveloped in the world of Tess, learning every single thing she can about this other woman--because soon, Leila will have to become her.

An ingeniously plotted novel of stolen identity, Kiss Me First is brilliantly frightening about the lies we tell--to ourselves, and to others, for good, and for ill.

About The Author

A London native from a family of acclaimed writers, LOTTIE MOGGACH attended Sussex University before she began a career in journalism at The Times. There, she worked as a feature writer, book reviewer, and columnist for several years. She currently publishes in a variety of newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, Time O...
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Title:Kiss Me FirstFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.2 × 6.3 × 0.87 inPublished:July 9, 2013Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385679866

ISBN - 13:9780385679862

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“As governments’ use of the internet is under the spotlight, Moggach. . . offers an engaging and suspenseful look at the subtle perils the web presents to the human condition.” —Financial Times “The potentialities and pitfalls of contemporary communication are brilliantly explored here. Lost souls are deftly brought together in the plot, their rational thinking in some way skewed by the tensions in their life. . . .” —Metro (UK)“You can't exactly call Lottie Moggach's debut, Kiss Me First, a high-tech thriller. . . . But it's the story's everyday believability that makes Kiss Me First so chilling. . . . Moggach sucks us into the rabbit hole of her dangerous obsession with deftly timed twists and memorable characters.” —Entertainment Weekly“Moggach’s debut draws the reader into a series of events that bring together three very disparate individuals and puts them into a bizarre game of chance and deceit. . . . In Leila, Moggach has drawn a young woman who is convincingly naïve in the ways of the world and incapable of making good decisions. The story crackles with tension until the end. . . . An interesting first book that manages to incorporate technology into a sexy psychological thriller.” —Kirkus Review"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, bestselling author of In The Woods and Broken Harbor “Witty, suspenseful, satirical and bold.  A Patricia Highsmith for the Facebook age.”—Polly Samson, author of Perfect Lives "Lottie Moggach's very smart Kiss Me First is a moving coming of age story hidden within a harrowing mystery. Moggach explores a lot of dark territory--suicide, alienation, innocence betrayed--yet somehow she's managed to write an unexpectedly warm-hearted novel. The book is narrated by Leila, a modern day feral child, raised not by wolves or bears but the Internet. We watch as she makes her way in from her personal wilderness and teaches herself how to be human--how to know what love is, for instance, without first needing to Google it. 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 and The Ruins“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“A gripping psychological thriller, [Kiss Me First] is all the more disturbing for its plausibility....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. ” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Unputdownable. A brilliant thriller for anyone who’s ever been online.” —India Knight, author of Comfort and Joy“A startlingly modern novel which is a page turner, a character study and an examination of the rights and responsibilities around suicide. Expect huge media interest: this really is the book that everyone will be reading.” —The Bookseller