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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 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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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!!!!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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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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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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Very average

The first part of this book was very slow, and there was a lot of unnecessary repetition throughout the story. It picks up after a while though, which makes it somewhat more interesting. I also really liked the few unexpected twists. However, I’m not particularity pleased with the ending.

I didn’t really enjoy the narration, but I cannot pinpoint why. I wish I’d rather have read the book, which I don’t think I’ve ever felt before.

So to summarise I’d say this audiobook is very average in most ways.

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Just ok

The story starts off slow but if you stick with it, over time it becomes interesting. Not quite sure I would recommend it to others unless you’re in a reading funk and can’t find the next best audible book to listen to.

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Tangled web

Louise is a 40 something divorcee & mother to son Henry. Her ordinary life comes spiraling out of control when secrets from her dark past come back to haunt her. I found this book creepy and suspenseful. It's the first book in a long time that I listened to in a couple of days, keeping my interest. Louis isn't the most likable character, she is a cowardly follower and was a bully. And girls in particular can be incredibly cruel when it comes to bullying. So, I found it hard to root for her. The book is riveting from the start and overall I enjoyed it! Narrator was fine. Worth a credit!

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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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Not exactly what I thought, but very good

Okay, so this novel came out in September, right before the same time the movie Friend Request commercials for release in theaters. So I thought I'd lucked up on a super-cool purchase! I was thinking, "I've got the 1-up on people going to see it!"

Man, I was so freaking wrong! This Friend Request, by Laura Marshall <https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16610695.Laura_Marshall>, and the movie Friend Request were not the same friend request! I was so darn wrong, but was I disappointed by the book- that's the question, yeah? I am so happy to say, I was very pleased.

It's about Louise, a woman tormented by her high school, ignorance mistakes. The need to be adored and part of the In-Crowd placed her in a situation many readers could probably relate to. Sadly, Louise's ended with a tragedy...    So first, I loved their accents- it was so freaking British, and you know me! I couldn't find much on the author herself, but I really walked away from the book, satisfied.

Someone was done terribly wrong, and it was time for the offenders to receive their due. Don't you just love horrific, 'Get yer up-coming' endings? The way the antagonist lurks about is suspense-filled, but the story moved along in such a way, I near sped ahead to see what happened. Louise was a mess and took things to such an extent, I grew weary of her.

But the story isn't about a case of someone being trolled or pursuing an act of revenge. There was a deeper theme, concerning knowing those around you. Being involved in a person's life, in actual person. It was about keeping secrets and honesty and family. How your actions can come back and bite you in the behind and when to open your mouth and speak out. It was also about bullying and being a hypocrite. Yes, there was a great deal involved, and because of those issues, I was able to endure Louise's foolishness and insecurities.

Friend Request didn't connect with me when it came to the social ignorances of social media. It annoyed yet opened my eyes. I found appreciation for the story where it related to knowing the people you see each and every day. How fake people can be, as well as  how the smallest thing causes a complete 360 in personality and behavior.  The story was good, but not what I'd hoped. Mostly because I'd wanted it to be tied in to the horror movie which released September 22nd. Oh well. If you like stalkers, mysterious texts and Facebook trolls, then this is your dramatic story!

Cheers; I'm off to the next read!

Friend Request
Laura Marshall
Grand Central Publishing
Released September 5, 2017
384 pages