Friend Request by Laura Marshall

friend request

2/5 stars


Fiction – Thriller

Goodreads Summary

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.


I really wanted to like this book. I mean, it is my book club’s first book we are reading and discussing, and I had high hopes for it. However, it fell way short for me.

I think I was expecting more of the book to be about social media but it seemed to be a minimal aspect of the whole story. I really did not feel invested in the characters at all and, therefore, didn’t care much about the story. It took way too long to get to anything truly interesting or worth reading but then ended up being anti-climatic. While the twist took me by surprise, it just felt odd. Almost like the whole point was just the shock factor perhaps but nothing else about it made sense.

I’ve seen a lot of great reviews on Goodreads for this book so, while it wasn’t for me, please don’t let this review stop you from reading it. I’ve read tons of thrillers and have pretty high standards for them now. You could probably say I’m picky. 🙂

Have you read Friend Request? Let me know your thoughts!

Author Laura Marshall’s website

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