Original, haunting and utterly gripping, Kiss Me First is The Talented Mr Ripley for the online age and the literary thriller that everyone will be talking about.
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…
For fans of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson and Notes on a Scandal by Zoe Heller, Lottie Moggach’s Kiss Me First is an electrifying and unputdownable debut from a phenomenally gifted storyteller.
”How easy is it to disappear without a trace? Well, in a world where so much of our lives is lived online, not that easy. On the other hand, who’s to say it’s really you sending emails or posting photographs on Facebook? Such is the intriguing premise of Lottie Moggach’s disturbing debut novel, which tells the story of Leila, a clever but socially awkward young woman persuaded to impersonate a complete stranger for reasons that only gradually become clear. One thing’s for sure: you won’t feel quite the same in an internet chat room after you’ve finished it.” (Evening Standard, ES Magazine)
”Hailed as this year’s Gone Girl, make room in your beach bag for this.” (Elle Magazine, What the Editors Pack)
"A new literary talent has burst on to the scene in the shape of Lottie Moggach, daughter of bestselling author Deborah … A clever balance is struck by Lottie Moggach, who mixes emotional intensity with a gripping mystery story." (Daily Express)
"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)
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An outstanding debut
What am I supposed to listen to now?
Very high, I found it very easy to get into and soon I was taken in by the twisting, turning plot. It is scary it is how much information is out there on the internet about everyone. Yet still people continue to add more and more information about there lives, work and views. Just as I am now.
Apart from Leila, definitely Jonty. They are certainly an odd couple, Lottie Moggach and Imogen Church conjure up a great picture of these two polar opposites living is a small, onion smelling apartment. His breezy attitude to life, his sense of grabbing life is so different to Leila's closeted online view.
From Leila's perspective, Imogen creates a voice for Leila that allows you to easily slip into her computer generated world.Also, am impressed with the seamless accent changes between American, English and Welsh. Imogen manages to give each character a distinct voice without over doing it.
Yes - the tube journey for once wasn't long enough.