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SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2013 GUARDIAN FIRST BOOK AWARD

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 . . .

Original, haunting and utterly gripping, Kiss Me First is an electrifying debut from a phenomenally gifted storyteller.

Critics Review

  • ‘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

  • ‘Witty, suspenseful, satirical and bold. A Patricia Highsmith for the Facebook age.’ Polly Samson, author of Perfect Lives

  • ‘I was gripped from the first page, moved throughout, and swallowed the book whole.’ Erin Kelly, author of The Poison Tree

  • ‘Unputdownable’ India Knight

  • 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

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