A chilling and intense first novel, the story of a solitary young woman drawn into an online world run by a charismatic web guru who entices her into impersonating a glamorous but desperate woman.
When Leila discovers the website 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 website'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 email, 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.
©2013 Lottie Moggach (P)2013 Random House Audio
"Moggach’s debut draws the reader into a... bizarre game of chance and deceit... Moggach has drawn a young woman who is convincingly naïve in the ways of the world and incapable of making good decisions. The story crackles with tension... A sexy psychological thriller." (Kirkus)
"Moggach’s impressive debut, a gripping psychological thriller, is all the more disturbing for its plausibility. . . . 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." (Publishers Weekly)
I didn't care for the storyline. I think it would have been or could have been more interesting but it just fell short for me. The description of the book lead me to believe it was going to be a certain story, and that is not what I got.
I was disappointed. I didn't really get into the story until about 70% of the way through, when the "climax" seemed to be at full swing, and then it just kind of ended and left me feeling unsatisfied.
I don't know...I think for the big screen it could make a decent movie.
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