Lottie Moggach's thrilling Kiss Me First is the inspiration for the major Netflix TV series from the co-author of Skins, Bryan Elsey.
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...
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After the death of her mother, Leila is lost and alone until she comes across the website Red Pill and slips into the orbit of a dark group on the sinister side of the internet. With questions throughout about the reliability of the narrator, this is an edgy, psychological page-turner from a great new talent.
Moggach's impressive debut, a gripping psychological thriller, is all the more disturbing for its plausibility. Introverted nerd Leila finds a group of friends of sorts after discovering Red Pill, a Web discussion list that debates philosophical matters in a Randian fashion. For the first time, Leila has people who care what she thinks. Among them is Red Pill's founder, Adrian. After he builds up Leila's confidence, making her feel like she's something special, he asks her to perform a disturbing act: he wants her to take over the online life of Tess, a troubled woman who plans to commit suicide without letting anyone know. As Leila immerses herself in Tess's life in preparation to take it over via Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail, she becomes increasingly attached to the task, relishing creating an imaginary life not realizing that Adrian's motivations for the identity theft are vastly different than they appear to be. 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.