Book Review - Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Maria wants to be friends.
But Maria is dead.
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Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: 27 July 2017
"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. . ."
I'm not a huge fan of thrillers but every now and then one comes along with a killer (see what I did there) blurb that pulls me in and makes me want to know more. Friend Request was one of those books!
It jumped straight into the action with a Facebook friend request from beyond the grave which then took Louise on a trip down memory lane. Unfortunately it wasn't a very enjoyable journey for her.
I found Louise's agonising over Facebook etiquette highly amusing, she certainly seemed to over analyse every little part of the social media site, although perhaps I'd be the same if I'd just received such a spooky friend request.
For me, the big mystery started with a question: What happened all those years ago with Maria? Finding out the answer piece by piece kept me interested and kept me flipping those virtual pages. The question of who was responsible for Maria Weston's Facebook activity was something that played on my mind even when I wasn't reading and I couldn't wait to get back to my Kindle so I could find out more.
The whole situation was chilling but not in an overwhelming way. I got goosebumps during some scenes but not to the point where I felt like I couldn't read that particular part - I have been known to skim through seriously scary parts of books.
Towards the end, as revelation after revelation tumbled out, I sat staring at my Kindle screen in wide-eyed shock!
The storyline highlighted the effects and after-effects of bullying with outstanding accuracy. It also brought to light just how easy it is to be sucked into these things and how, later in life, events from the past can appear very different indeed.
A tense atmosphere right from the start made Friend Request a heart pounding stomp of a read.
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