Marshall, Laura

Friend Request

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When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty 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 knowing herself responsible for Maria's disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?As Maria's messages start to escalate Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend's body turns up in the woods outside their old school Louise realises she can't trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .


Little, Brown Book Group
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Marshall, Laura
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July, 2017

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Im reviewing Friend R...

I'm reviewing Friend Request. Here are my thoughts: ^^ Receiving a friend request is usually a fairly normal experience but what if you received one from a girl who was supposed to be dead? Even if she wasn't, which is a bit of a shock, would you really want her coming back? You thought those school days, those memories, those secrets were all dead and buried. Just like her. The last thing you want is for someone to bring it all up again.Especially if you're feeling a little bit guilty about something... ^^ Friend Request deals with how we interact with each other online, especially Facebook. It's so easy to share everything, what we read, eat, where we go on holiday, yet we rarely think about how much information we are giving away for free, (albeit inadvertently sometimes), like where we shop, who we live with, if we live alone, or even when our homes are empty at specific times. On top of that do we really give enough thought to who could actually be looking? Friends, family, enemies, strangers? We give away so much information about ourselves online, which by today's standards is fairly normal, however, we'd probably die if we could see real people all crowding around our computer, snooping in person... And this is just what this book brings to light. Hello, paranoia! ^^ I really enjoyed Friend request. I read it fast and furiously. Right from the start we know Maria's disappearance wasn't all straight forward, a lot went on in those days at school in the 80s.^^ As Louise (the main character) tell us her story, we flick backwards and forwards from the 80s to the present day. This is all first person point of view. Occasionally we are given a different view, in third person, which is italicised, so there is no doubt this is someone else on the scene with their own story to tell. A very different story, too. ^^ This book has a lovely creepiness to it. I say lovely, because with books (and films) I just love to be creeped out and Friend Request does this very well!^^ The writing is brilliant, Laura Marshall definitely knows how to spin a good thriller. She kept me guessing all the way through, and added some great twists to the plot, turning this into a suspenseful, fast-paced read. Overall: Friend Request is an entertaining, creepy read, which brings to light a lot of problems with today's online society. It's true to life, filling the reader with suspense and an underlying sense of foreboding. You never know who is watching your life online. Or why.

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This was a book Im to...

This was a book I'm torn on. On one hand, I love the mystery: main character gets a mysterious friend request on Facebook from someone she believes to be dead a long time ago, and you're taken through a series of flashbacks to see why, leading into a class reunion where yet another classmate turns up dead. On that front, it's gripping, and I certainly didn't see the end coming. On the other hand, the characterizations need work. Like, she keeps claiming to be a "changed person" and all, with many of those around her confirming her to be, but her decisions and such reveal her to be just as shallow and selfish as she'd always been, more worried about what others might think of her and such than she is about doing the right thing. Ultimately, it's a story about ex-high schoolers who somehow never grew up regardless of how many years passed, and that part annoyed me. Still a good and compelling read though.

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Friend Request by Laur...

Friend Request by Laura Marshall is a 2017 Grand Central publication. "That night was the end of everything, and the beginning. The end of something is always the start of something else, even if you can't see it at the time." Facebook. UGH! I have to say, I do use the social media network more than I care to admit, which is why the title of this book grabbed my attention, mainly because I have been dealing with a spate of weird friend request recently, and they always creep me out. In this case, though, Louise receives a friend request from a girl she went to high school with. Common enough, right? Sure, except this girl, 'Maria Weston' vanished on Prom night way back in 1989, and has been presumed dead. So, I'd say Maria wins the award for the creepiest Facebook request, ever. Was this someone's idea of a sick joke or something far more sinister? Well, it would seem Louise, and her group of friends back in high school, may have, in some way, been complicit in Maria's death. So, besides just being plain ghoulish, it the request could also have a menacing tone. Is it possible Maria is still alive or could there be someone out there seeking revenge? As her class reunion approaches, Louise's thoughts flashback to 1989 and the events that led up to that tragic night, while in the present day she becomes convinced her life may in be real danger. This story deals with the aftermath of a tragic, and presumably, the untimely death of a high school girl, the details of which are sketchy, which is why most of the characters are suspect, in one way or the other, and is the source of all the tension that situation generates. Yet, there are other prevalent themes running throughout, with the spotlight shining on the mistreatment of classmates, the intense desire to belong and be accepted, especially as teenagers. Girls, in particular, can wield their own special brand of subtle torment. That part never changes, no matter if it is 1989 or 2017, as you will see. However, I would hope those who may have held court in their high school fiefdoms, feels the level of regret Louise does. The other very timely theme explores our use of social media and the many ways we can lurk around other people's lives, spying on their current relationships, jobs, hobbies and other friends. Looking at it from that prospective, it feels a little unnerving, knowing that sometimes people are lurking around your page and can access a wealth of information about you, quite easily. Not only that, who among you can honestly say you haven't lurked around on someone's social media page at one time or another? This story might make you think about the way you treat others, remind you of what it was like to be a teenager, or when your kids went through those periods of angst, and how both parents and children can be scarred from it, for many years to come, even if it is a more sophisticated form of bullying, it is equally dangerous and psychologically damaging. Although I spent some time discussing these social issues, they are underlying themes the book is based upon. But, I assure you, the story is all thrills, chills, and psychological suspense from start to finish, with some real nail biting scenes and plenty of surprise twists along the way. Overall, this is a clever psychological thriller, written with precision pacing, well timed revelations and is very appropriate to the time we live in. Fans of PT's will want to give this one a try. I don't think you'll be dis

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Wow! I totally loved t...

Wow! I totally loved this book and read it over a couple of days. The angst of trying to fit in the cool group at school was perfectly portrayed and brought back so many of my own memories from the 1980s. The contrast to the modern world of Facebook and life as we know it now was superbly done. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. For a debut novel it was brilliant and has firmly cemented Laura Marshall as one of my authors to watch!

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Laura Marshalls Frie...

Laura Marshall's "Friend Request" has an interesting take on the 'woman in peril' theme that runs through all too much women's fiction. Louise, high school bully (or fellow traveler as she prefers to think of herself), receives a friend request from her victim. The twist is that Louise knows that that can't be possible. Or, at least, she's almost convinced that it can't. Marshall's first novel is in many ways well written. The premise is intriguing. The execution less so. I found my eyes glazing over mid-book and just wanted things to be over. Perhaps true suspense works best in smaller doses. In any case, I got bored and read on only from a sense of duty. Part of my reluctance may well be that Louise isn't really a sympathetic character. Marshall the novelist shows promise. Louise, on the other hand, garners no sympathy. (A free review copy was provided by the publisher.)

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