Book Review: Friend Request By Laura Marshall


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.


Overall, it was okay but I did find it a bit repetitive and depressing.

What really attracted me about this novel was the social media element. Although I felt the main character did go on a bit too much. I mean, someone from the dead is adding you now 20 or so years later, obviously it’s spam but she properly obsessed over it. I felt compared to other suspense and thriller type novels that I have read that this one in comparison did not do it for me. It’s meant to give you that feeling of ‘Oooh I must find out more’ but sadly this did not do that for me.

I agree with others that this novel did have promise with the social media element however the plot compared to the entire novel did not love up to it for me.

I found it to be very sad the things these ‘children’ did when they were almost adults. I get it, you go with the flow but I wish she had more since than that.

2/5 Stars


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