Thursday, 11 July 2013

Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach

Kiss Me First
by Lottie Moggach

Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Wow. The novel meets the new world of online lives.

A sheltered, intelligent yet socially stunted young women lives for her mother and her World of Warcraft, spending most of her time indoors. When her mother dies, she holes up in a new apartment and discovers a new online world - one of ethics, philosophy and new kinds of thinking.

As she gets deeper into the new Red Pill Forum (named after the choice made in The Matrix, to not be asleep to reality anymore), she is convinced to take over the online persona of a beautiful and vibrant somewhat older woman. One who wants to disappear.

Leila learns everything she can about enigmatic Tess in order to become her online. Soon she is responding and corresponding as Tess, her new persona becoming second nature.

But as she gets deeper into Tess's life, Leila forms her own attachments and finds herself embroiled in a new world of love, lies, depression and obsession.

A nothing-is-quite-like-it-seems novel that does a marvelous job of revealing human hopes and flaws along a fascinating new storyline. 


A London native from a family of acclaimed writers, LOTTIE MOGGACH attended Sussex University before she began a career in journalism at The Times. There, she worked as a feature writer, book reviewer, and columnist for several years. She currently publishes in a variety of newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, Time Out, ELLE, GQ, and others.

Kiss Me First is her first novel.