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.

The Other Story – Tatiana de Rosnay

The other storyTitle: The Other Story
Author: Tatiana de Rosnay
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 320
My rating★★★★✫

The other story has been sitting on my bookshelf for a while. Since Sarah’s Key I have been a fan of Tatiana’s books and so far I have read them all. I like the way she combines (family) history with a contemporary story. Her characters are usually full of secrets and emotions and they seem very real to me. With The other story I was hoping for yet another great novel.

What the book is about

Vacationing at a luxurious Tuscan island resort, Nicolas Duhamel is hopeful that the ghosts of his past have finally been put to rest… Now a bestselling author, when he was twenty-four years old, he stumbled upon a troubling secret about his family – a secret that was carefully concealed. In shock, Nicholas embarked on a journey to uncover the truth that took him from the Basque coast to St. Petersburg – but the answers wouldn’t come easily.

In the process of digging into his past, something else happened. Nicolas began writing a novel that was met with phenomenal success, skyrocketing him to literary fame whether he was ready for it or not – and convincing him that he had put his family’s history firmly behind him. But now, years later, Nicolas must reexamine everything he thought he knew, as he learns that, however deeply buried, the secrets of the past always find a way out.

What I think about the book 

Nicolas Duhamel is a bestselling author who is struggling with family secrets… so far he is like any other characters written by Tatiana de Rosnay. The difference is that I found him an arrogant and unengaging man. I didn’t like him at all. He is addicted to communicating with his fans with his fans via his Blackberry and he doesn’t pay any attention to the people around him. Those people either love him or despise him since his recent fame.

Still when you read more, it is obvious why he became who he is these days and why he is having trouble writing his second novel. Even if that doesn’t make me like him, I understand why it happens and it makes it easier to read on. I wanted to know more about his history and the family secrets he has been unraveling in the past few years.

The novel only describes four days in the life of Nicolas and therefore it isn’t very fast paced. Until the end. Suddenly there is a major plot twist which changes everything.

Tatiana de Rosnay did a great job here. She has managed to write a book about a man I don’t like and I have finished it in two days, because I was curious of what would happen. And I actually liked the book. If you are a fan of her books, you should definitely read The other story.

Close my eyes – Sophie McKenzie

close my eyesTitle: Close My Eyes
Author: Sophie McKenzie
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 391
My rating★★★★✫

My mother has recommended this book to me. She borrowed it from a friend and then gave it to me because she thought I would really like this story. On the cover it says that readers who loved ‘Before I go to sleep’ by S.J. Watson will love this novel. Since I did love that one I was curious if I’d like this one as well.

What the book is about

When Geniver Loxley lost her daughter at birth eight years ago, her world stopped… and never fully started again. Mothers with strollers still make her flinch; her love of writing has turned into a half-hearted teaching career; and she and her husband, Art, have slipped into the kind of rut that seems inescapable.

But then a stranger shows up on their doorstep, telling Gen the very thing she’s always wanted to hear: that her daughter Beth was not stillborn, but was taken away as a healthy infant and is still out there, somewhere, waiting to be found. It’s insane, unbelievable. But why would anyone make that up? A fissure suddenly opens up in Gen’s carefully reconstructed life, letting in a flood of unanswerable questions. Where is Beth now? Why is Art so reluctant to get involved? To save his wife from further hurt? Or is it something more sinister? And who can she trust to help her?

Ignoring the warnings of her husband and friends, Gen begins to delve into the dark corners of her past, hopeful she’ll find a clue to her daughter’s whereabouts. But hope quickly turns into fear and paranoia, as she realizes that finding the answers might open the door to something even worse than not knowing. A truth that could steal everything she holds close – even her own life.

What I think about the book

First of all I must admit that reading this book during my pregnancy wasn’t such a good idea. Gen has lost her daughter to stillbirth, or so she thinks until a mysterious lady rings her door bell to tell her that her baby is still alive. Immediately Gen wants to know more about this. Is there a chance that her Beth is still alive? Nobody seems to believe her and still she continues her search.

I had no idea what to expect from this story and I had no idea who had stolen her baby and why. From the beginning a few of the characters seem suspicious, but usually the obvious ones are not the actual perpetrators. So I kept on reading. Various plot twists keep the book interesting and fast paced, although other incidents are a bit far-fetched. My only real complaint would be the end of the book. I think that the author wrapped up the story a bit too fast and for me that wasn’t satisfying. I would have liked to read more of what happened next.

I wanted to rate this book with 3,5 stars, but was willing to make it 4, because the book was interesting and exciting until the end.

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