Friend Request

Friend Request

by Laura Marshall

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A paranoid single mom is forced to confront the unthinkable act she committed as a desperate teenager in this addictive thriller with a social media twist.

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn't she?

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren't. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Within just a few days, Maria and Louise are on their way to becoming fast friends.

2016. Louise receives a heart-stopping email: Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface: those first days of their budding friendship; cruel decisions made and dark secrets kept; the night that would change all their lives forever.

Louise has always known that if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria's sudden reappearance threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she'd severed ties with to escape the past. But as she tries to piece together exactly what happened that night, Louise discovers there's more to the story than she ever knew. To keep her secret, Louise must first uncover the whole truth, before what's known to Maria—or whoever's pretending to be her—is known to all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538731772
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 12/18/2018
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 561,669
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Laura Marshall was shortlisted for several international awards for an as-yet-unpublished work for her debut novel FRIEND REQUEST. She lives in Kent, England.

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Friend Request 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written.. Grabbed me on first page
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It has a twist that you won't expect.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first book from this author is well worth the read, and I look forward to more from her. Good plot with contemporary elements, well-drawn characters that I felt invested in, moreover well-drawn, strong female characters. I found some of the writing a little overwrought at times but the overall quality of the story elements and the realistically written relationships (truly a breath of fresh air) made that quite forgivable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspeseful with great twists and turns! Definitely recommend!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
Louise is a middle-aged, single mother of one young son. Being able to work from home, she likes to take breaks to keep up with her Facebook account... not that she has many friends. Today she has a new friend request ... from Maria Weston. Maria and Louise were friends once in high school, but they didn't remain friends for long. Louise can't understand why Maria would reach out to her now... especially as Maria has been dead for 25 years. This is a brilliant psychological thriller. The book bounces back and forth between today and those days in high school. I think most of us remember our high school days .. and not always favorably. There were always the cliques, the bad boys, the bullies. It brings to mind memories of wanting to belong..somewhere... and Louise knows exactly what that was like. Young people don't always make the wisest or safest decisions. Back to Maria ... is it possible she is still alive? If so, where has she been all this time? Is it someone who knows what happened all those years ago and wants Louise to be afraid? Louise knows that if the truth ever sees the light of day, her life, as she knows its, will be over. Somewhere along the line, the reader hears an unknown voice .... who is this? Maria? Someone closer to her? The author has captured the angst of being a teenager ... the self doubts .... Louise, as an adult, is that person who has lived with guilt and regrets her entire life. Will it ever end? Again, this is a brilliant psychological thriller. Characters have a real feel to them ... I probably knew a few of them myself while in school. The story line is credible .... teens today aren't that much different than 20 or so years ago. I highly recommend this one! It does not read as a debut novel ...and I can hardly wait to see what the author comes up with next. Now ... off to post my review in Facebook. Many thanks to the author / Grand Central Publishing / Netgalley for the advance digital copy. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
Rhonda-Runner1 More than 1 year ago
What a suspenseful, full of twists and turns read this turned out to be. I really enjoyed this book and the dynamics of the friendships/relationships in this book. It was really hard to put down. Louise carries scars from school in regards to trying to fit in with the "in" group and ignoring the girls she really fit in with better. A class reunion brings everything to a head followed by a very surprising ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't expect to enjoy this novel as much as I did! I found it very difficult to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great thriller to the end. Hoping for a sequel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
With characters in a contemporary setting and regrets of their youth haunting them, this was an excellent book. Struggles of the past collide with the present and the hope of redemption and making the right life choices keep you reading. And of course solving the mysterious death thrown in for good measure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could not figure out who dunnit! Didn't figure it out til the end. I could see this being made into a life time movie.. R.G
xokristim More than 1 year ago
This book had such a great storyline. It was such a quick and easy read that I flew through. It definitely kept my interest from beginning to end, which always makes for a wonderful thriller. I think a thriller should always be a simple and quick read, that’s what I enjoy. I found that I was questioning each character quite a bit which I like in a thriller. The only downside is I wish it had more action throughout the whole story instead of sporadically. I liked Louise (the main character) a lot, though I seemed to get super frustrated with a lot of her choices throughout. I liked that in a lot of ways, considering if a main character always did what I wanted them to do there wouldn’t be much of a story. Overall I enjoyed this book a ton, and thought it was a unique thriller that I would highly recommend to anyone who like a good thriller. It’s such a different read, I’ve never read anything like it and I thought that was great. I can’t wait to see what this author has to come.
tschnitzler More than 1 year ago
Exceptional, unique read. Ms. Marshall seriously had me believing one thing, and then WHAM nope. The story is full of plot twists and turns, and three more chapters would have closed out the book in my mind. Louise is consumed with guilt over a teenage act committed at her high school prom, and now, twenty-five years later, her bullying has come full circle. However, it is not as the reader is led to believe. Great story!
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
What starts as an ordinary daily task quickly turns into something down right scary... Louise Williams sets down to check her email and finds something that completely rocks her world, a friend request from someone from her past... a dead someone. She knows that her friend died all those years ago, so how is that she is able to send her a request now, surely it's someone playing tricks on her. Maybe they know the secret that she has been carrying with her all this time, and they want to toy with her, maybe even get a little revenge... or use her vulnerabilities to make her feel weak and helpless? Friend Request is a pulse pounding thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat the whole way through!! It is one of those reads that makes you think, makes you question everything you do, and opens your eyes a little about the role social media plays in our lives today. I liked the premise of this one, it intrigued me, and it wound up being so unlike anything else that I have read as of late, it was definitely a refreshing change of pace! The story line was well crafted with lots of unexpected twists and turns, and the characters were well drawn and easy to relate to... overall I'd say one of the best reads I've read this year!! Highly recommend this one, it will have you addicted from the first page!!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
Twink More than 1 year ago
3.5 Friend Request is Laura Marshall's debut novel - and I have a copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! Here's the premise. 2016. Single mom Louise gets a Facebook friend request from Maria, a girl she went to school with back in 1989. It stops her cold - for you see, Maria is dead. Who would do such a cruel thing? But there's more. Louise was a different person when she was in school. Unsure of herself and desperate to be accepted by the 'cool' kids, she became part of a group that bullied Maria. Could Maria alive? And back for revenge? After all - her body was never found...... I truly detest bullying and found the scenes and passages describing the actual cruelty very hard to read. The full extent of that behavior is only slowly meted out as the plot progresses. Marshall does a good job with younger Louise's reasoning and self justification. It's not pretty, but it is believable. Those events from 1989 have coloured Louise's life ever since. She is a different person today, with much to lose. Marshall uses a then and now narrative in Friend Request. This was very effective, as I had to keep reading just to 'see' what happened in the past and what was going to happen in the present. There are some italized passages along the way from an unknown author. I wasn't sure how they would fit into the plot. Marshall managed to keep me guessing for most of the book. She throws in some red herrings that make a few outcomes possible, but I truly didn't see the final reveal until it arrived. Using social media as the means to ramp up the fear factor is very current - and very real. How much of your life is visible to others? Do you really want to get in touch with that person from your past? Now, here's my only issue. And it's down to my pragmatic nature - why not go to the police and why lie to them when she did? But, without those omissions, the book would not work! I like the slightly titillating and sensationalistic tone of Friend Request - a Brit book. It made for a great beach read.
3no7 More than 1 year ago
“Friend Request” by Laura Marshall is a thriller with a social media twist. It is just an ordinary day for self-employed interior designer Louise Williams. She is working at home on her computer, and there it is; Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook, except that Maria Weston died when they were in high school. That dreaded “event,” the death of Maria, taints Louise’s past and contaminates her present. We get to know Louise through her first person narrative; we learn about her failed marriage, her devotion to her four-year old son, her peculiarities, her impressions, and her nagging anxiety about that “event” in her past. Her story switches back and forth between 2016 and 1989 when she was in high school, and each chapter is marked to make it easy to track the timeline. We “hear” about her friends, close and casual, and their connections in high school and now. Marshall’s writing style and construction pull the reader into Louise’s struggle and apprehension. As she becomes more and more nervous about her past, ordinary events seem to become conspiracies. Is it just guilt catching up with her after all these years, or is someone really out to get her? To add to the intrigue, every few chapters there is another voice, not Louise’s, which interrupts the narrative with unsettling comments. Who is this? Little by little, the past comes screaming into the present with a frightening twist that readers will not see coming. I received a copy of “Friend Request” from Grand Central Publishing, Laura Marshall, and Net Galley, and I loved it. The characters were captivating and believable. Marshall’s writing style and character development kept me involved right up until the astonishing twist at the end. I recommend this book to everyone.
laceye721 More than 1 year ago
Louise Williams is a divorced mom of a four-year-old who has been holding onto a secret since 1989. Now, in 2016, she still lives with the drama and guilt from that night. When Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from a girl that drowned in 1989, what will be brought up about that night from the past? Who can Louise turn to? This story was absolutely wild from start to finish. This was an amazing debut from Laura Marshall. Her writing style was so riveting that I couldn’t put this book down even if I tried. I wanted to know what was going to happen in the end so I felt compelled to sit and read as much as I could in one sitting. I didn’t want to do anything before finishing this book. The characters were my favorite thing about this book. There were so many individual developments with each character as well as their friend groups. If I had to pick a favorite character, it would be Louise. Louise has this dilemma of no friends, ex-husband, a four-year-old, and nothing to show for what life has given her. After dealing with all of this, she puts on this strong facade even though her life is falling apart. She is a really strong character that the reader will definitely latch on to. Overall, I want to say great job to Laura Marshall on her debut novel. This was the perfect book to read since we are transitioning into Fall where I live. I honestly would recommend this to anyone, at any age. As crazy as this story was, I feel like it had a very important message about watching what you put on social media.