I first heard of this book earlier in the year via a Facebook Trailer and was very impressed with the concept.
A lot is mentioned of online hacking and how someone can access all your personal details with a click of a button and be able to assume your identity. This book explores the concept further by introducing us to Tess, a young woman who actually wants someone to take over her online life. She wants to disappear, but without anyone noticing that she has actually gone.
The idea of a person ,who has a large group of friends and family, actually not being missed seems a bit unrealistic at first. Then the book grabs you by the scruff of the neck and drags you along this weird and wonderful tale of Leila, who is responsible for Tess's online presence. She keeps up the Facebook status updates, uploads photos, writes emails and leaves voicemails so that no one knows Tess is gone. All goes fairly smooth to start with, but then the story takes a twist when Leila starts to chat to a former love of Tess....
There is so much going on in this book that I would not recommend you make any plans for the day or two that you are reading it! You may just become hooked by page 1 and begin to look at your own online activity in a whole new way.
It's a dark and mysterious read but with a twist of modern day issues that could easily be happening in any town, in any country, at any time.
Lottie Moggach has written a debut novel with sharp and clever ideas and highly unusual characters. Hopefully, this is the first of many.
Kiss Me First is published by Picador