Book Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Published in 2017 by Sphere

371 pages

4 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis:

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.

My Review:

Woah, what a twisted book! Where to start? I was instantly pulled in, a lot of the story’s clue is in the title, and the author wastes no time getting to the plot! Essentially the book opens with Louise getting a Facebook friend request from a woman named Maria Weston – a deceased school contemporary. 

This honestly made me think “okay, what?” I instantly had a lot of questions! And as Louise contemplated this impossible friend request, we learn how she and Maria were connected, for the book was not only told in the present tense, but there were flashbacks to the past too. 

I loved the flashbacks, they were definitley my favourite part of the book, because I actually loved Maria’s interactions with Louise! I wanted to shout at Louise for being so blindsided by the superficial Sophie, and desperately wanting to fit in with her, when it was plainly obvious Maria would have been a better friend! Sophie was vain and in my opinion rather horrible to Louise for most part, and only wanted to include Louise in her circle if she was cruel to Maria! And oh boy were they?! I felt so sorry for Maria, and would have loved to know more about her, because I feel like we only got the rumours that surrounded her. 

However, it is safe to say I had a lot of questions about Maria’s death, like, the writing, and Louise’s narration, suggested that there was much more than met the eye to whatever happened to Maria, and believe me, there was! 

As I type, I’m furious as to what happened! The big revelation near the very end made my blood boil! I felt so much fury towards one particular character, (like, how dare you?) And my feelings are everywhere! I feel like it was almost senseless, this characters’ actions, aside from pure  selfishness on their part, but this book is definitley one of the most disturbed I’ve ever read! 

The writing never dulled, it was constantly haunting and kept me on the edgeof my seat trying to piece together this peculiar puzzle, and as more was revealed, it got more edgy and confusing, but all the more addictive! 

For fans of mysteries and thrillers, and everything in between – I definitley recommend. This is one that will haunt you long after the page is closed. 

I’ll leave it there, until next time, happy reading ☺

Brooklyn πŸ‰

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