Friend Request
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.

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  • Deanna
    Dec 31, 1969


    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...When I first heard about this book....I wanted it. I knew I had to read it. Social media fascinates and terrifies me in equal measure. I will try to get my hands on any book that has social media at the heart of it...

  • Maureen
    Dec 31, 1969


    When Louise receives a Facebook 'friend request' from former school friend Maria, her world stops in its tracks, because Maria died 25 years ago!The story is told in dual timelines and flips between 1989 and 2016. In 1989, Maria transfers to Louise's school in the late senior years, an...

  • Vanessa
    Dec 31, 1969


    I wouldn't have picked this book up normally but when it landed in my inbox, I couldn't resist. A great concept for a mystery thriller that had me in suspense throughout. The idea behind a Facebook friend rising from the dead and making contact after 25 years was definitely a spine chi...

  • Linda Strong
    Dec 31, 1969

    Linda Strong

    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 sc...

  • Carrie
    Dec 31, 1969


    Louise Williams has spent most of her adult life trying to forget the past and make up for the mistakes she made while in high school. However, when Louise gets a friend request on Facebook from Maria Weston her heart nearly stops as the past comes flooding back into her life and the m...

  • j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]
    Dec 31, 1969

    j e w e l s [Books Bejeweled]

    See all my obliquely twisted plot reviews at https://booksbejeweled.comMaria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Innocent enough, right? WRONG! Maria Weston has been dead for over 25 years.Ooooooh, that sounds creepy and believe me FRIEND REQUEST is a psychological roller coa...

  • Susan
    Dec 31, 1969


    Louise Williams is a middle aged, divorced mother. She lives with her four year old son, Henry, and has her own business. In fact, she is re-building her life, after divorcing her childhood sweetheart, Sam, who she met at school. One day, Louise is at home when she receives a friend re...

  • Chloe
    Dec 31, 1969


    Louise, a divorcee with a 4 year old son Henry ,runs an independent business and is trying to get over her husband Sam who was also her high school sweetheart. Along with a high school reunion invitation she receives a friend request from Maria Weston who disappeared 25 years ago and w...

  • Dannii Elle
    Dec 31, 1969

    Dannii Elle

    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Laura Marshall, and the publisher, Sphere, for this opportunity.When Louise Williams receives a Facebook friend request from long-dead classmate, Maria Weston, all manner of long-buried secrets th...

  • Joanne Robertson
    Dec 31, 1969

    Joanne Robertson

    One of the first things I did when I finished this book was to go on Facebook. Not to write a review or to share how much I enjoyed this book but to check my privacy settings!! The scary side of social media is shown off to sickening levels here when you realise just how much you leave...