Kiss Me First: TV Tie-In Edition (Paperback)
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Kiss Me First: TV Tie-In Edition (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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Lottie Moggach's thrilling Kiss Me First is the inspiration for the major Channel 4 and Netflix TV series from the co-author of Skins, Bryan Elsey.

Shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award.

Teenage identity in the digital age is explored in this innovative, unsettling and powerful coming-of-age story about a life lived online.

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 . . .

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509858422
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 255 g
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 21 mm


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The first thriller to truly tackle the shifting sands of a life lived online, I couldn't put it down * Harper's Bazaar *
Brilliant, one of those books you read till 3am . . . Kiss Me First works as a coming-of-age story, as a mystery, as a psychological thriller, as satire - and as a fantastic read . . . Moggach has taken the online world's pulse and called it perfectly * Grazia *
A terrific success, captivating and consuming from the outset . . . 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 thriller 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 * Stylist *
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
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
An outstanding first novel about a young woman who, with the internet as her ally, steers another woman towards suicide. * Observer *
Witty, suspenseful, satirical and bold. A Patricia Highsmith for the Facebook age -- Polly Samson, author of Perfect Lives
A finger-on-the-pulse take on identity as an online life replaces the real thing . . . A brilliant debut that boldly heads into some very dark places . . . * Marie Claire *
This summer's most exciting new novel . . . an electrifying story about identity from a phenomenally gifted storyteller * Psychologies *
A brilliantly twisty thriller that will make you wonder how well you really know your online friends * Irish Times *
A gripping psychological thriller about a woman who takes on someone else's identity online * Heat *
A dark psychological thriller about the threat social media poses to our sense of self... an engaging and suspenseful look at the subtle perils the web presents to the human condition * Financial Times *
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 *
I was gripped from the first page, moved throughout, and swallowed the book whole -- Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree
Hailed as this year's Gone Girl, make room in your beach bag for this * Elle *
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
An exceptional debut . . . This really is the book that everyone will be reading * The Bookseller *
I tore through Lottie Moggach's Kiss Me First. Gripping, quirky, twisty - quite a ride -- Harriet Lane, author of Alys Always
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
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 *
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 *
A wow of a debut... It's a wonderfully gripping story about the clash between virtual and actual reality * Saga *
Unnvervingly claustrophobic and enormously moving... a metaphor for the creation of identity... Moggach has done a great job of folding these issues into a suspense novel that is classy, frightening and upsetting * Guardian *
Moggach is fascinating on the psychology of simulated relationships; on the safety and control offered by virtual, as opposed to 'F2F', friendship. She's also good at evoking a particular kind of contemporary loneliness... A compulsive debut * Economist *
Dazzling... A clever novel that marks the arrival of a terrific talent * Woman and Home *
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
A fascinating, unsettling and all-too-believable thriller * Easy Living *
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 *
Intriguing... disturbing... you won't feel quite the same in an internet chatroom after you've finished it' * Evening Standard *
Fascinating... a clever concept with a truly human side' * Londonist *
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 *
It's only when the introverted Leila assumes a suicidal woman's online identity that she learns how to be herself. The story straddles real life and virtual existence, the right to die and the need to live * Vogue *
Lottie Moggach's psychologically terrifying debut thriller, Kiss Me First, will have you questioning your presence on the world wide web * Publishers Weekly *
As Moggach's debut chillingly demonstrates, the virtual world is scant protection from messy, utterly human emotions * People *
Chilling... Moggach sucks us into the rabbit hole of [Leila's] dangerous obsession with deftly timed twists and memorable characters * Entertainment Weekly *

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“Excellent debut, I loved it”

An absolutely electric debut that far surpassed by expectations from the early reviews I had read. One of my first thoughts when I started reading this book was would the author be able to pull off such an interesting... More

Paperback edition
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“Afine original novel”

I couldn't put this novel down. Tess desperately wants to end her life. Tess wants to pay some one to pretend to be her on facebook because she does not want to upset her family and friends. Leila agrees to... More

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Bookread2day

“page turner”

I was glued to this story. I found it such a page turner. The story is so different. A girl named leila has to pretend to be Tess online so Tess can go of and end her life. Tess does not want to upset her family and... More

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