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Friend Request

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  28,291 ratings  ·  2,294 reviews
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
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Hardcover, 375 pages
Published September 5th 2017 by Grand Central Publishing
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Deanna
Aug 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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When I first heard about this book....I wanted it. I knew I had to read it. Social media fascinates and terrifies me in equal measure. I will try to get my hands on any book that has social media at the heart of it, and "Friend Request" fit the bill perfectly.

The book opens in 2016. Louise Williams is a single mother to four-year-old, Henry. It's an ordinary day when Louise receives the email that will change her life. Henry
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Crumb
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Good Me, Bad Me or Behind Closed Doors
book binge

What a book! This book was everything I want a psychological thriller to be. It had twists. It had turns. It was gripping and shocking and I couldn't put it down. In addition, it was very timely and topical for our culture today. I often wonder why there aren't more books that deal with social media or cyberbullying. Well, this book was about both facebook and bullying. It tackled these issues and helped bring them to light.

I've always been interested in reading about social media in fiction. T
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Maureen
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
When Louise receives a Facebook 'friend request' from former school friend Maria, her world stops in its tracks, because Maria died 25 years ago!

The story is told in dual timelines and flips between 1989 and 2016. In 1989, Maria transfers to Louise's school in the late senior years, and initially Louise finds her a refreshing change. The girls Louise normally hangs out with are pretty and popular but are also mean minded and cruel. There are rumours surrounding Maria's transfer to her new school
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Susanne  Strong
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
4 Stars.

Have you ever gotten a friend request on social media from someone that gave you pause? One from someone that you thought had some nerve in seeking you out? Well wait, it gets even better. Louise Williams doesn't just get a friend request on Facebook from someone she knew years ago and doesn't actually like, she gets a friend request from someone who died twenty-five years ago. (Can you say creepy?).

The curiosity gets the better of Louise however and she accepts. It is a choice she com
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j e w e l s
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-bejeweled
Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook. Innocent enough, right? WRONG! Maria Weston has been dead for over 25 years.

Ooooooh, that sounds creepy and believe me FRIEND REQUEST is a crazy ride from start to finish. 

Louise Williams is a 40-something single mother of an adorable 4 year old boy. She is a reserved, quiet type that prefers to look at the world from the outside in. Especially from Facebook.

Is she really that shy or is something going on here? My suspicious mind is always questionin
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Kaceey
Nov 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An explosive fast read that will keep you guessing throughout.

Louise receives a friend request on Facebook from Maria. Only problem… this friend died years ago, one fateful night during a high school party. But come on, how can Maria be reaching out to friend her now? As Louise preps for her high school reunion, all her deep-buried fears of that night resurface. She keeps receiving mysterious messages that become increasingly threatening. Louise knows she must face down these fears if she’s to e
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Diane S ☔
Sep 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 A friend request from a person you know is no longer alive. You know this because you were part of something you are ashamed of now, something that could cause great harm in the present. You have a son, a life, you don't want to lose what you have. What do you do?

Mean girls, bullying in highschool, cliques and wanting to be one of the in crowd, subjects covered in many books. What makes this one so suspenseful is not only the way it is written, but the steady pace, and how things keep chang
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Julie
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Friend Request by Laura Marshall is a 2017 Grand Central publication.


“That night was the end of everything, and the beginning. The end of something is always the start of something else, even if you can’t see it at the time.”


Facebook. UGH! I have to say, I do use the social media network more than I care to admit, which is why the title of this book grabbed my attention, mainly because I have been dealing with a spate of weird friend request recently, and they always creep me out.

In this case,
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Traveling Sisters Review by Norma and Brenda with Kaceey, Berit, Diane, and Nikki

FRIEND REQUEST by LAURA MARSHALL is a creepy, gripping, shocking, suspenseful, and a clever psychological thriller novel that kept us on the edge of our seat throughout this whole book. We all found the social media aspect of this novel quite clever and it added a scary and spine tingly feeling for us as we read this story.

When our main character, Louise receives a heart-stopping Facebook “friend request” from a fo
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Sarah Joint
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
3.5 stars from me for this slow-burning thriller with a little bit of a creep factor. Many of us use Facebook, and a lot of us have had unsavory experiences on it. Maybe someone randomly insults us, maybe we're upset by insensitive things our friends post... some of us have even gotten hacked. But I don't know anyone who has experienced what Louise does... a friend request from someone she has thought was dead for the last twenty years. Alternating between 1989 (the last time Louise saw Maria) a ...more
Berit☀️✨
Nov 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 solid stars, with a twist! Imagine receiving a friend request on Facebook from somebody you knew in high school who you thought was dead, what would you do?!?!

Another fabulous psychological thriller! WOW do these books suck me in! I just can’t seem to get enough, and this is a good thing because there are a lot of them out there right now! Keep them coming, eventually I will figure one of these out!

Louise tried very hard in high school to fit in with the popular crowd, this led her to do somet
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXTRACT: 'Henry seems like a nice little boy. I hope you watch him carefully. It's so easily done, isn't it? You turn your back for a second and they're gone.'

THE BLURB: 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's dead. Isn't she? 1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior yea
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Brenda
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
Laura Marshall's debut novel is alright, but I really didn’t care for the main character, Louise. Maybe I’m just tired of simpering weak women feeling guilty about the past. Something that happened in high school is coming to a head 27 years later when something happens at a class reunion. Too much handwringing and worrying made the first half of the book drag. Fortunately, the book uses a larger font and leading, and it was really not as long a book as its 370 some pages would indicate. In the ...more
Mackey
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Laura Marshall has written written a marvelous thriller that hits several hot tops from single parenting and online dating to bullying and social media and she doesn't shy away from these vulnerabilities in the least.

In Friend Request, Louise Williams receives a requst from a friend from long ago. The problem is this friend is dead - or is she? Further, Louise and her clique were complicit in this girl's death while they were in high school. It is a secret they all have shared for a decade, a s
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Nazanin
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

"When you leave something behind you, you think that’s it. It’s gone. But you can’t leave yourself behind. This is it; this is you, for life."

Maria Weston wants to be friend with Louise on Facebook. They were classmate on high school. At that time Louise wanted to be friend with her too but she had another friend, Sophie. Sophie was one of those popular girls who every one wanted to be friend with her. Sophie and Maria weren't good with each other so Louise chose Sophie and they bullied
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Carrie
Aug 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Louise Williams has spent most of her adult life trying to forget the past and make up for the mistakes she made while in high school. However, when Louise gets a friend request on Facebook from Maria Weston her heart nearly stops as the past comes flooding back into her life and the memories that have haunted her for years are brought back to the surface.

Around twenty five years before Maria had disappeared one night and with a search turning up nothing it was assumed that she had died but the
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(Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
This story had promise. The social media premise is timely and of course a source of fascination. We've all heard stories of the "perils" of the internet and social media.

It was a fast paced read and the end was a twist that I hadn't predicted. Why then just a 3 star rating? The book just didn't capture me like I thought it would. Like I said, it had promise but it fell a bit flat for me. I simply didn't feel for anything positive for Louise as the main character. I found her whiny and weak and
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Vanessa
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wouldn't have picked this book up normally but when it landed in my inbox, I couldn't resist. A great concept for a mystery thriller that had me in suspense throughout. The idea behind a Facebook friend rising from the dead and making contact after 25 years was definitely a spine chilling prospect and you really wonder about the absurdity of the whole Facebook thing and how open and vulnerable you become when you expose yourself on such a public forum as this book demonstrates. It reminds me w ...more
Linda Strong
Louise is a middle-aged, single mother of one young son. Being able to work from home, she likes to take breaks to keep up with her Facebook account... not that she has many friends. Today she has a new friend request ... from Maria Weston. Maria and Louise were friends once in high school, but they didn't remain friends for long. Louise can't understand why Maria would reach out to her now... especially as Maria has been dead for 25 years.

This is a brilliant psychological thriller. The book bou
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Skyler Autumn
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

"Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook"

With one simple Facebook notification Lousie Williams' carefully constructed life is turned on it head. Is this some sort of a sick joke? Maria Weston is dead. Isn't she? Louise's dread and guilt is brought to the surface as the story moves back and forth from the present day Lousie; now a 40 year old single mom faced with going to her High School reunion and the past insecure 16 year old Louise who in an attempt to win over the popular cro
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Tammie
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Really enjoyed this one. Highly recommend to readers that enjoy psychological thrillers.
Zoeytron
Apr 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: public-library
Most of us have already lived through our high school years when peer pressure is at its zenith. Being accepted and fitting in will never be more important than it is during this period. For the most part, we emerge relatively unscathed and ready to tackle real life. Not so for Louise, who has turned into a whiny sad sack of a woman. More or less amicably divorced and raising a young son, her thriving interior design business is not enough to vanquish the unresolved feelings of guilt from those ...more
Sue
FRIEND REQUEST is the gripping debut psychological thriller by Laura Marshall. For me, this novel ticks all the boxes for being a great psychological thriller, with its twists and turns and I predict will reach a wide audience. It tackles issues in the forefront of today’s society; dealing with social media on Facebook and cyber-bullying.

MARIA WESTON WANTS TO BE FRIENDS. BUT MARIA WESTON'S DEAD. ISN'T SHE?

In 1989 Louise becomes friends with Maria in their senior year. They hit it off immediately
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Susan
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Louise Williams is a middle aged, divorced mother. She lives with her four year old son, Henry, and has her own business. In fact, she is re-building her life, after divorcing her childhood sweetheart, Sam, who she met at school. One day, Louise is at home when she receives a friend request on Facebook, from Maria Weston. The only problem with that, is that Maria has been dead for twenty five years….

This psychological thriller switches from the present to 1989, when Louise was at Sharne Bay Hig
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
One thing struck me as I read this book and that is that one should not post too many personal details about one's life on Facebook, nor should you befriend a person you thought was dead and that you feel guilty about. Now, many of us probably don't have to worry about dead old classmates coming back to life to haunt us, but it makes an excellent story in a book.

I have a bit of a hate/love relationship with damaged female characters in psychological thrillers. It's a pretty standard thing, and i
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Miriam Smith
Apr 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rachel
"Friend Request" by Laura Marshall was a lovely, uncomplicated and enjoyable read that I devoured in a couple of days reading.
'Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn't she?.....'
The story is primarily based around the social media platform Facebook and it was nice to read about something that's a part of your everyday life. Very believable and totally entertaining, the story grips you from the start and keeps you intrigued till the twisty end. I was pleased to see that I
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Frank Phillips
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this debut novel from Marshall!! For some reason right now I am just absolutely loving these new British authors and their psychological thrillers! This story is about Louise and her childhood girlfriends and a tragedy that occurred at her high school on prom night in 1989. She puts the tragedy behind her and thinks that everything is long forgotten and left in the past until one day, decades later, she receives a mysterious friend request, putting to question, can you ever es ...more
Jill McGill
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Friend Request is a chilling psychological thriller that kept me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.

Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston's dead. Isn't she?

Louise is a single mom to a wonderful little boy, Henry. Louise has spent most of her life trying to forget the horrible mistake she made back in high school. Until tonight... when the past comes back to haunt her. Louise gets a friend request on Facebook from the one and only, Maria Weston. The only problem is Maria
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Dannii Elle
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Laura Marshall, and the publisher, Sphere, for this opportunity.

When Louise Williams receives a Facebook friend request from long-dead classmate, Maria Weston, all manner of long-buried secrets threaten to come to the surface. She can feel the girl she once was begin to overshadow the woman she now pretends to be. But with a child to protect and her sanity under question, it is up to Louise to protect herse
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Liz Barnsley
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really rather excellent psychological thriller here from Laura Marshall. Its so relevant actually - the whole social media thing considering we all live out our lives virtually these days - what would you do if you received a friend request from a dead person? Even without the back story that means Louise is already guilt ridden, it would give you pause right?

Loved how this played out. I also liked its twisty sense of reality. Great stuff. Full on review nearer to publication - but put this in y
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Laura Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the University of Sussex.

After almost twenty years working in conference production, in 2015 Laura decided it was time to fulfil a lifetime's ambition to write a novel, and enrolled on the Curtis Brown Creative three month novel writing course.

In 2016, her first novel, Friend Request, was runner up in the Bath Novel Award and shortlisted f
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“I know that Facebook offers an idealised version of life, edited and primped to show the world what we want it to see.” 6 likes
“I’m in a hall of mirrors, full of distorted reflections and false endings. I’ve lost track of which way I came in and I have no idea how to get out.” 4 likes
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