Friend Request

Narrated by: Elaine Claxton
Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (808 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

Friend Request

It's 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.

It's 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.

©2017 Laura Marshall (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"An incredible debut novel that's not to be missed! Fantastic writing that instantly drew me in. I simply couldn't put it down - such a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. I loved it!" (Hollie Overton, author of the international best seller Baby Doll)

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What a Great Read!

The title of this book made me want to read, and I was hooked from the first word! The story moves along at a great pace, and events are revealed slowly enough to heighten tension and create suspense. Using social media to draw the reader in was very effective. I look forward to more books by this author. She really knows how to create real characters who experience conflict and difficulties, and exhibit amazing strength and patience. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves psychological thrillers, suspenseful plots, and just amazing reads in general. What a great listen!!!!

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Very Good! Kept me wanting more.....

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I liked this book a lot. It really drew me in with the premise, and the book did not disappoint. It was interesting and although I am not 100% sold on the ending (which is why i only gave the book 4 stars and not 5) it definitely surprised me. I didn't see it coming. Good book!

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What a tangled web...

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Well, I almost gave up in the first few chapters....Louise is so self-loathing, and kept repeating the mantra..."after what I did"..for example "I don't deserve happiness, everyone should hate me, blah blah blah" Major drama queen stuff! BUT once you're past that, the plot takes off and it gets more interesting. I will admit I thought I had it figured out a couple times but I was fooled! Pretty intense story!

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One thing I did find strange and somewhat confusing was when she talked about when they were 16 - some of the scenarios described sounded more like ten year olds, rather than teenagers. Stuff like slumber parties, and the lunchroom interactions just reminded me of grade-schoolers.

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Ummm.. I Am Definitely Missing Something

First off- I want to get two major points out of the way.

Great debut novel and great effort on psychological thriller with twists.

Terrible editing- I listened to repeat passengers more than once, and at once point Elaine Claxton actually cleared her throat and starting reading the same passage again. Her voice was fine- but my goodness- the editing is horrible.

Our main character gets a facebook friend request from an old high school friend. The problem is, the request comes from a dead girl, and Louise (our main gal) has a secret about the dead girl that threatens to ruin her life and the lives of others if it comes out.

This book has way too much repetition and flowery filler. It could have been knocked back about 4 hours and easily been just as curious. The plot twists were decent- but the reader is left hanging or the author forgot to tell us about a character. Throughout the book there was a secret female character who was being held captive but we never find out who she is or why she is being held captive? I don't think I missed it.. Terribly odd. The rest of the book was summed up rather nicely but it wasn't very believable and her characters were extremely inconsistent with their personalities and behaviour.

I will give this a solid 3 stars because it is a great attempt at a first novel. I highly suggest this audio-book gets another listen from a professional editor, though. And I do hope that Laura Marshall will focus on better character development and conclusions in her next novel, which I will probably take the time to read as this one piqued my curiousity.

-Wendi

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Do not accept this request!

I really enjoyed this book!
The narrator did a great job, and I will listen to her again.
This is a solid story that spans a lifetime of our main character Louise.
Louise becomes best pals with Maria in high school, but Maria ends up dead.
Then, as you know from reading the description, Louise gets a friend request from Maria years after her death.
Is Maria alive, and playing tricks? Is the murder coming out of the wood work to point fingers at Louise? Is Louise the murder? Or is someone else trying to make Louise miserable, and pay for what she did ?
Honestly, It is common for me to figure o.ut the"big twist" in a lot of novels.
I will admit, I had NO clue who killed Maria, and I had NO clue who our "bad guy" was.
This is a solid physiological thriller, that I would recommend to anyone.
The characters were real, likable, and flawed.

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VERY GOOD!

I really enjoyed this book, although it has me rethinking what I share on social media. The narrator was excellent!

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It kept getting better

I liked the way this book unfolded, you really got into the head and the small details, of what happened in the past and what is happening now. I did not guess any part of the story, which made the end really exciting. There are small extracts that I was confused listening to ( they are written in italics in the book) but I managed, and they were explained at the end.

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good read

interesting story... Good Pace... Great narration. I really enjoyed the book, will continue to seek out books by this writer and thus narrator. kept me guessing, great dramatic ending!

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Entertaining

This was a good, solid story in which anyone who either was or endured a high school bully can relate.
The narrator provided a solid performance, but the editors neglected to mute a moment when she clears her throat and repeats a sentence over again. That is the first time I've ever heard someone neglected to edit the audio. I've probably listened to over 100 also titles. They should probably fix that.

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Pretty decent, but bad editing.

I thought that the book was pretty good. Nothing special. It definitely will leave the reader wanting more. A lot more actually. While this wasn’t a bad book, I definitely felt bored a few times. Like it wasn’t really going anywhere. It did wrap up pretty nicely, but it didn’t give me that “wow” that other thrillers’ twists do. I was more like “okay”. The narrator wasn’t bad either. Just okay, but was some issues with the editing. She made more than one mistake and one of those mistakes was so noticeable that I don’t understand how it wasn’t fixed.

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