Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Friend Request

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLERA 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 is 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 the girls Louise hangs out with aren't. Authentic. Funny. Brash. ...

Details Friend Request

TitleFriend Request
Release DateMay 15th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Suspense

Reviews Friend Request

  • Deanna
    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, and "Friend Request" fit the bill perfectly.The book opens in 2016. Louise Williams is a single mother to four-year-old, Henry. It's an ordinary day when Louise r...
  • Crumb
    What a book! This book was everything I want a psychological thriller to be. It had twists. It had turns. It was gripping and shocking and I couldn't put it down. In addition, it was very timely and topical for our culture today. I often wonder why there aren't more books that deal with social media or cyberbullying. Well, this book was about both facebook and bullying. It tackled these issues and helped bring them to light. I've always been inte...
  • Maureen
    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, and initially Louise finds her a refreshing change. The girls Louise normally hangs out with are pretty and popular but are also mean minded and cruel. There are rumo...
  • Susanne Strong
    4 Stars.Have you ever gotten a friend request on social media from someone that gave you pause? One from someone that you thought had some nerve in seeking you out? Well wait, it gets even better. Louise Williams doesn't just get a friend request on Facebook from someone she knew years ago and doesn't actually like, she gets a friend request from someone who died twenty-five years ago. (Can you say creepy?). The curiosity gets the better of Loui...
  • j e w e l s
    Maria 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 crazy ride from start to finish. Louise Williams is a 40-something single mother of an adorable 4 year old boy. She is a reserved, quiet type that prefers to look at the world from the outside in. Especially from Facebook.Is she really that shy or is something g...
  • Kaceey
    An explosive fast read that will keep you guessing throughout.Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from Maria. Only problem… this friend died years ago, one fateful night during a high school party. But come on, how can Maria be reaching out to friend her now? As Louise preps for her high school reunion, all her deep-buried fears of that night resurface. She keeps receiving mysterious messages that become increasingly threatening. Louis...
  • Diane S ☔
    3.5 A friend request from a person you know is no longer alive. You know this because you were part of something you are ashamed of now, something that could cause great harm in the present. You have a son, a life, you don't want to lose what you have. What do you do? Mean girls, bullying in highschool, cliques and wanting to be one of the in crowd, subjects covered in many books. What makes this one so suspenseful is not only the way it is writt...
  • Julie
    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 reques...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Traveling Sisters Review by Norma and Brenda with Kaceey, Berit, Diane, and NikkiFRIEND REQUEST by LAURA MARSHALL is a creepy, gripping, shocking, suspenseful, and a clever psychological thriller novel that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout this whole book. We all found the social media aspect of this novel quite clever and it added a scary and spine tingly feeling for us as we read this story. When our main character, Louise receives a ...
  • Sarah Joint
    3.5 stars from me for this slow-burning thriller with a little bit of a creep factor. Many of us use Facebook, and a lot of us have had unsavory experiences on it. Maybe someone randomly insults us, maybe we're upset by insensitive things our friends post... some of us have even gotten hacked. But I don't know anyone who has experienced what Louise does... a friend request from someone she has thought was dead for the last twenty years. Alternati...
  • Berit☀️✨
    4 solid stars, with a twist! Imagine receiving a friend request on Facebook from somebody you knew in high school who you thought was dead, what would you do?!?!Another fabulous psychological thriller! WOW do these books suck me in! I just can’t seem to get enough, and this is a good thing because there are a lot of them out there right now! Keep them coming, eventually I will figure one of these out!Louise tried very hard in high school to fit...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXTRACT: 'Henry seems like a nice little boy. I hope you watch him carefully. It's so easily done, isn't it? You turn your back for a second and they're gone.'THE BLURB: 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 m...
  • Mackey
    Laura Marshall has written written a marvelous thriller that hits several hot tops from single parenting and online dating to bullying and social media and she doesn't shy away from these vulnerabilities in the least. In Friend Request, Louise Williams receives a requst from a friend from long ago. The problem is this friend is dead - or is she? Further, Louise and her clique were complicit in this girl's death while they were in high school. It ...
  • Brenda
    Laura Marshall's debut novel is alright, but I really didn’t care for the main character, Louise. Maybe I’m just tired of simpering weak women feeling guilty about the past. Something that happened in high school is coming to a head 27 years later when something happens at a class reunion. Too much handwringing and worrying made the first half of the book drag. Fortunately, the book uses a larger font and leading, and it was really not as lon...
  • Nazanin
    4.5 Stars"When you leave something behind you, you think that’s it. It’s gone. But you can’t leave yourself behind. This is it; this is you, for life."Maria Weston wants to be friend with Louise on Facebook. They were classmate on high school. At that time Louise wanted to be friend with her too but she had another friend, Sophie. Sophie was one of those popular girls who every one wanted to be friend with her. Sophie and Maria weren't good...
  • Carrie
    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 memories that have haunted her for years are brought back to the surface. Around twenty five years before Maria had disappeared one night and with a search turning u...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    This story had promise. The social media premise is timely and of course a source of fascination. We've all heard stories of the "perils" of the internet and social media. It was a fast paced read and the end was a twist that I hadn't predicted. Why then just a 3 star rating? The book just didn't capture me like I thought it would. Like I said, it had promise but it fell a bit flat for me. I simply didn't feel for anything positive for Louise as ...
  • Vanessa
    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 chilling prospect and you really wonder about the absurdity of the whole Facebook thing and how open and vulnerable you become when you expose yourself on such a publi...
  • 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 school, but they didn't remain friends for long. Louise can't understand why Maria would reach out to her now... especially as Maria has been dead for 25 years.This i...
  • Skyler Autumn
    4 Stars "Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook" With one simple Facebook notification Lousie Williams' carefully constructed life is turned on it head. Is this some sort of a sick joke? Maria Weston is dead. Isn't she? Louise's dread and guilt is brought to the surface as the story moves back and forth from the present day Lousie; now a 40 year old single mom faced with going to her High School reunion and the past insecure 16 year old Lou...
  • Tammie
    Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommend to readers that enjoy psychological thrillers.
  • Zoeytron
    Most of us have already lived through our high school years when peer pressure is at its zenith. Being accepted and fitting in will never be more important than it is during this period. For the most part, we emerge relatively unscathed and ready to tackle real life. Not so for Louise, who has turned into a whiny sad sack of a woman. More or less amicably divorced and raising a young son, her thriving interior design business is not enough to van...
  • Susan
    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 request on Facebook, from Maria Weston. The only problem with that, is that Maria has been dead for twenty five years…. This psychological thriller switches from th...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    One thing struck me as I read this book and that is that one should not post too many personal details about one's life on Facebook, nor should you befriend a person you thought was dead and that you feel guilty about. Now, many of us probably don't have to worry about dead old classmates coming back to life to haunt us, but it makes an excellent story in a book.I have a bit of a hate/love relationship with damaged female characters in psychologi...
  • Miriam Smith
    "Friend Request" by Laura Marshall was a lovely, uncomplicated and enjoyable read that I devoured in a couple of days reading.'Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn't she?.....'The story is primarily based around the social media platform Facebook and it was nice to read about something that's a part of your everyday life. Very believable and totally entertaining, the story grips you from the start and keeps you intrigue...
  • Frank Phillips
    I absolutely loved this debut novel from Marshall!! For some reason right now I am just absolutely loving these new British authors and their psychological thrillers! This story is about Louise and her childhood girlfriends and a tragedy that occurred at her high school on prom night in 1989. She puts the tragedy behind her and thinks that everything is long forgotten and left in the past until one day, decades later, she receives a mysterious fr...
  • Jill McGill
    Friend Request is a chilling psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston's dead. Isn't she? Louise is a single mom to a wonderful little boy, Henry. Louise has spent most of her life trying to forget the horrible mistake she made back in high school. Until tonight... when the past comes back to haunt her. Louise gets a friend request on Facebook from the one...
  • 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 threaten to come to the surface. She can feel the girl she once was begin to overshadow the woman she now pretends to be. But with a child to protect and her sanity u...
  • Liz Barnsley
    Really rather excellent psychological thriller here from Laura Marshall. Its so relevant actually - the whole social media thing considering we all live out our lives virtually these days - what would you do if you received a friend request from a dead person? Even without the back story that means Louise is already guilt ridden, it would give you pause right?Loved how this played out. I also liked its twisty sense of reality. Great stuff. Full o...
  • Daniel Balici
    Anyone can be anyone on Facebook. It's easy to hide behind a faceless page on the internet. Friend Request marks Laura Marshall's literary debut. It is a well-conceived and decently written psychological thriller with a very enticing and thought-provoking premise: Louise, the protagonist and the narrator of most of the chapters comprising this book, is a single mom of a little boy, Henry, and a successful interior designer who receives an unexpe...