The most addictive psychological thriller you'll read this year
by Laura Marshall
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Pub Date 27 Jul 2017 | Archive Date 31 Mar 2018
Little, Brown Book Group UK, Sphere
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Maria wants to be friends.
But Maria is dead . . . isn't she?
When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.
Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.
Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret.
As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there's much she didn't know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again - until now. . .
THE ADDICTIVE PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER THAT EVERYONE'S RAVING ABOUT - perfect for fans of He Said/She Said, The Couple Next Door and I See You.
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Average rating from 178 members
A very relevant psychological thriller that deals with social media, bullying and peer group reassure at school. It is a book that will have you turning over the pages trying to keep up with the twists and turns of the plot. A really good read and an excellent debut novel by an author who will be one to watch for the future. My thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the opportunity to read this advanced reader copy.
Ooooh this was a proper page turner that uses the tried and tested 'then' and 'now' formula that kept my eyes firmly glued to the page. I'm not a big fan of Facebook but found the idea of getting a friend request from someone you thought was dead was an absolutely brilliant storyline. You immediately know that there are buried secrets to uncover and become suspicious of everyone, thinking that nobody is what they seem. The last time this group of old schoolfriends got together was the school leaving party when one of them didn't make it home, although her body was never found. Trying desperately to fit in with a crowd of 'mean girls' at school, Louise feels that she is to blame for Maria's death and Maria comes back to haunt her big style by requesting her friendship on Facebook. Surely it must be a cruel joke, but with the school reunion looming Louise wouldn't be surprised to see Maria turn up...and then she starts to wonder who organised the reunion in the first place. I loved the past and present storyline and it was almost like the rewind button was pressed at the school reunion as people lapsed into their school characters: the popular bitchy one, the boy everyone fancies, the one trying desperately to fit in and the swot who now has the flashy job and perfect life. I found myself questioning everyone and I'm not going to tell you whether Maria is alive or dead as Laura Marshall kept me guessing right up to the very end. Friend Request is a twisty fast-paced psychological thriller, choc-ful of secrets with a generous helping of mind-bending smoke and mirrors style deception. I chose to read an ARC and this is my honest an unbiased opinion.