Release Date-July 27th 2017
Publisher-Sphere
Genre-Psychological Thriller
Kindle Edition-384 pages

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..

Friend RequestFriend Request by Laura Marshall

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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Four Fabulous Stars From Moi


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Friend Request is the first book by Laura Marshall I have read and I would have picked it up sooner if I had realised how much we were going to gel together, So this is a definite thumbs up from moi.
SO Well Well Well,
What an Engrossing read this was.
Such an absolute page turner, as well as the sort of book that makes you think about the bigger picture overall, This society we now live in where we are all connected and live our lives so unthinkingly out there for all and sundry to observe.

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All that information on each and every one of us, it’s scary to think what could be done with this and how a faceless somebody behind a computer screen could completely terrorise us anonymously and the absolute irony is that we have exposed OURSELVES.
posting our latest pics for all of BRAGBOOK (as a friend of mine likes to calls it) to admire.
We are all guilty of this including me.
We have in the most case through ourselves or friends, family and acquaintances uploaded all the milestones and important events of our existences for the masses to devour and envy our perfect lives. we can be anyone we want behind a screen.
A perfect mother, wife, daughter or maybe a dead childhood friend!!!
And this is exactly what occurs in Friend Request When Louise Williams receives a request from her dead classmate Maria Weston.
This Book is told in present time and flashbacks and as we read we unravel the coil of secrets that have echoed down through the last twenty-five years still affecting certain individuals existences, even today.
There is also a third narrative interwoven throughout the chapters, a secret one, hinting at the inner workings of someone’s thoughts and feelings, I wasn’t quite sure whos and I found this so very intriguing, constantly trying to guess who this could be.
When it was exposed at the end who this was I was honestly really surprised, Bravo Miss Marshall you had me completely tied in knots.


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So Friend Request is full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, oh so many lies lie between these pages, this was an action packed very easy read.
you so will not be able to stop till you uncover the whole truth.
there was a passage that stood out for me greatly in this.

“One of the school mums is spewing the details of her latest break-up on her page, but she has some of her ex’s mates as Facebook friends and they are weighing in, disputing her version of events, calling her names. I am drawn in, as I used to be years ago when I watched the soaps on TV, but with the added fascination that this is real life or at least something like it. I’m amazed by the extent to which some people live out their lives on here. This woman doesn’t even say hello to me on the rare occasions I see her at the school gate’s, yet I know all the gory intimacies of her love life. “

I myself don’t air my dirty linen, but I know many who do (and I don’t judge) and we are most of us guilty of over exaggerating the perfection of our lives even if just a little.

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Friend Request while an engaging piece of fiction is also an insight into how much social media affects our lives, making us examine our own acceptance of it.
Without Social media, the stalking of Louise would not have been possible, she was made accessible and vulnerable by her online presence and on that note, I will leave you.

Thank you to NetGalley, the publisher and the author for providing me with an arc of Friend Request, this is my own honest opinion.

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