Kiss me first – Lottie Moggach

kiss-me-firstTitle: Kiss me first
Author: Lottie Moggach
Publisher: Picador
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
My rating★★★★★

I have bought this book in London in 2014. When we were there I saw a banner promoting this book at one of the underground stations. I immediately wanted to know what it was about and therefore I walked the bookstore at St. Pancras International and bought the book.

What the book is about

When Leila discovers the Web site 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 Web site’s founder, a brilliant and elusive man named Adrian. Leila is thrilled when Adrian asks to meet her, 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 e-mail, 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, to others, for good, and for ill.

What I think about the book 

This is a really great story. From the first page I could not put it down anymore. I wanted to know everything about Leila, who she was and what her motives were. Every chapter tells you a little about her and her background, so it takes a while for the reader to actually get to know her.

It was easy for me to understand Leila. Being online can make you feel less lonely, but it’s easy to lose yourself in the online world. Saying yes to ‘Project Tess’ was something I could not relate to. It would cost her most of her own time and would become a full time job for her to keep up with Tess’ life instead of her own. It says a lot about Leila’s personality and I found that quite intriguing. When reading the story everything does seem to make sense though.

The end of the story surprised me. How could this be it? Still I gave Kiss Me First 5 stars on Goodreads and I would recommend reading it if you like suspense. It is a good story and it all fits together.

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