33785151.jpgFRIEND REQUEST

by Laura Marshall

Published: September 5, 2017

Hardcover, 384 pages


(Thanks to Netgalley & Grand Central Publishing,I received an eARC of this book to review)


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’s 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 Louise’s other friends 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 with whom she’d severed ties in order 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 is pretending to be her-is known to all.

With her mesmerizing debut, Laura Marshall offers a timely and essential story of how who we were shapes who we become, the hidden cost of our increasingly connected world, and the dangerous shape that revenge can take in our modern era.


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.


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