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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 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. 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 she'd severed ties with 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's pretending to be her--is known to all.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
There’s a certain thrill when you receive an unexpected Facebook friend request right before a school reunion. And Laura Marshall’s protagonist, Louise, had conflicted feelings about that reunion to begin with. More than a possible-murder mystery hinged on a twist-laden cold case, Friend Request is an exploration of the lasting damage done by high school bullying. There’s an emotional heft to Marshall’s writing that will make you want to give your younger self a hug and tell them everything will be okay…eventually.
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It’s ok, but...
You only need to read the last 20%, and you’ll know everything you need to.
Yea, the book does a nice job of planting a seed of curiosity at the beginning and lets it grow throughout the story while journeying you through seemingly innocuous events, but are ultimately important to the story as a whole.
The problem comes during the final confrontation when the main character and villain pretty much give you recap of everything that’s happened in an “it all makes sense now” kind of way.
The twists and turns are easily predictable, and there’s the annoying British stereotype of going into a lot of detail about food. (England, WHY IS THIS A THING?)
An easy read and relatively quick paced, but decidedly predictable at the end. It’s not really a heart pounding kind of book that keeps you on edge, but still keeps you turning the page. Writing is decent, and overall a good read. I enjoyed it!
So much cliche
Don’t waste your money.