Book Review – Friend Request

Friend Request
Laura Marshall
Grand Central Publishing
Publication Date: September 5, 2017

★★★★★

 

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.” ~via Goodreads

Mind Blown!

Ok, heres the deal… Friend Request, very simply put, is INTENSE.

From the very first page to the very last, Laura Marshall orchestrates an incredibly gripping novel that is just impossible to put down. Seriously, I thought about this book constantly and raved about it all along the way. I’ll admit, I have not read a great mystery/thriller in some time so I wasn’t expecting too much but WOW. This book took me on a roller coaster with twists, turns, and bumps. I may even have some lasting paranoia! Friend Request certainly made up for any lost time and disappointment of previous “thrillers” and re-ignited my love for those enthralling stories that leave you on edge.

There is so much to rave about in this book but character relate-ability is probably my number 1. What I mean is – think back to your days in high school and how insecure you might have been. Did you work hard to try to fit in? Did you have self doubts? Personal hangups? Me, too! This is a slice of what makes our heroine, Louise,  so darn like-able and maybe a bit more relatable. She is an every day person who happens to have a past… but also a troubling secret.

The flashes back to high school and then back to the the current-day storytelling makes this mystery/thriller such an interesting experience. You see Louise for who she is, both as a desperate, naive teen and also as a hardworking, single mother. You get little snippets of her realness. The big questions sit heavily: How did Louise end up where she is? What is she so scared of? Who can she trust? Will the friendship request from Maria Weston force the truth to come out? What really happened to MariaWeston? What is the entire truth? These bits come crashing to the forefront as the mystery unfolds.

Be prepared, Laura Marshall does not shy away from difficult topics and the reader must be ready to be taken through a sometimes dark journey. Also note: side effects may include a bit of paranoia and having your mind completely blown.

Are you on Facebook? How much do you share? How well do you know your connections? Are they who and what they seem? I promise, you will be asking yourself these very questions.

I gave this addictive thriller, 5 nail-biting stars!

 

Though I did win this ARC from Goodreads (thank you!), I promise that these opinions are 100% my own. 

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