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3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,182 ratings  ·  382 reviews
When a man agrees to do a favor for a friend, he gets more than he bargained for as he becomes embroiled in a woman's murder in this new thriller from the USA Today bestselling author of Layover.

Ryan Francis has it all--great job, wonderful wife, beautiful child--and he loves posting photos of his perfect life on social media. Until the night his friend Blake asks him to
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 30th 2020 by Berkley Books
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Shannon I wouldn't say so. There really aren't sex scenes that I can recall and nothing really graphic as far as the murder scene goes. …moreI wouldn't say so. There really aren't sex scenes that I can recall and nothing really graphic as far as the murder scene goes. (less)

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May 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I read The Layover, by David Bell, I wasn't prepared for the intelligent good guy main character to do such dumb things and keep on doing dumb things so I thought I didn't care for the book much. But the story stuck with me because I had so much fun reading it with Jayme and over time I have very fond memories of the book. So when The Request became available to read, I wanted to see what Bell's latest smart guy, maybe doing dumb things, had up his sleeve, and I was not disappointed. Ryan i ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
David Bell has crafted yet another fun, fast-paced thriller guaranteed to have you screaming at the characters as they make their every move!

Ryan is a lucky guy. He’s managed to capture his own personal American dream. A beautiful wife he still adores and a son he can’t wait to come to every night. He’s hard working and driven towards success. Ryan even owns a bar on the side just for a bit of extra money… and fun! Everything is as perfect as it can be. Except for that one little, pesky secr
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
"With friends like these..."

Ryan has it all - a loving wife, a beautiful baby boy, a job he enjoys, a nice home, and a blackmailer (or two)! He has the picture-perfect life which he shares on Social Media. Then out of the blue, his friend Blake asks for a meeting and asks Ryan for even more - he wants him to break into a woman's house and retrieve some evidence that will incriminate Blake in an affair. Ryan doesn't want to do it, but Blake is holding something over Ryan's head and he begrudg
Nilufer Ozmekik
Mar 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Who needs enemies when you have friends try to ruin your life and set you up with murder?

Ryan seems like having a dreamy life, perfect job, perfect wife and a perfect new born. Even though he carries a big secret that gnawing at him, he tries his best to atone his sins and literally pay his dues by sending money to the people acting like Good Samaritan to help them after he got involved in an accident resulted with one girl’s death and other girl’s disability.

At first chapter, we witness Ryan
Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
3.5 STARS rounded up to 4

While this wasn't my favorite novel by Bell, it was still a highly enjoyable, character driven mystery. Review to come!

*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
In the opening sentence of the prologue, Ryan Francis will confess to you that he has a blackmailer.

He is lying.

He actually has two blackmailers!

He will also tell you that he is no Angel.

That’s the Truth.

So, when his “friend” asks him to retrieve some incriminating letters from a woman’s apartment for him, while she is attending an evening Yoga class, he really cannot say NO.

But, when he enters, he doesn’t find the letters...he finds the woman, DEAD.

As he stands there shocked, his phone chi
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed The Layover last summer and am so excited I was able to read The Request this summer.

How far would a man go to help a friend? How far would be go if he was threatened by that friend to expose something so detrimental it would ruin his life?

For Ryan, life is good. He has a wife and child, a good job, and he could lose it all if he doesn’t help his friend Blake. The request? To break into someone’s home to get items that would implicate Blake in an affair. Ryan really does not want to do
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

The Request was my first David Bell novel, and I have to say, I'm a fan!

This book was a non-stop, roller coaster ride. It started with a bang and the tension only escalated as the story progressed. It takes place over a relatively short period of time--around 48 hours--which is normally a big no-no for me, but this time, it actually worked.

Did Ryan, one of our protagonists, make some stupid choices? Oh yea, he sure did.
And did his wife, Amanda, occasionally get on my nerv
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast paced, tense, and addictive. David Bell writes stories that completely suck me in, have me feeling anxious, and on the edge of my seat. Ryan and Amanda appear to have the perfect life. A Beautiful home, an adorable baby, and a happy marriage. BUT Ryan has a dark secret he’s been hiding for years. AND he is being blackmailed by not only one but two people to keep it. All this subterfuge leads to Ryan Breaking into a woman’s house to retrieve letters instead finding her dead body and then dis ...more
Michael David
Jul 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Ryan has a successful career, a loving wife named Amanda, and a baby son. All is fine in his world, except that he is being blackmailed after trying to make atonement for something in his past. To make matters worse, his estranged best friend, Blake, meets up with him one day out of the blue to request his assistance in retrieving some incriminating letters from a woman’s home. Blake makes it very clear that it’s a request Ryan can’t turn down. Long story short, Ryan goes to the woman’s home onl ...more
Larry H
Jul 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
3.5 stars.

After you read David Bell's newest thriller, The Request , you’ll think twice the next time a friend asks you to do them a favor!

If people didn’t do stupid things and/or lie, would thrillers exist? That’s the question I asked myself while reading this twisty thriller.

Ryan and Blake were very close in college; Blake was practically a brother to him. But they’ve been estranged for the last several months, so Ryan is surprised to see Blake one night after work. Blake needs Ryan to brea
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
What do you do when you agree to do a favor for a friend and it turns out to be more that you bargained for?

Ryan Francis seems to have everything he could need - a nice job, wonderful family and fun posting about it on social media sites to everyone with photos. One night his friend, Blake, asks him to go in to a woman's house and get items that could prove of an affair on him. At first Ryan refuses ... that is until Blake blackmails him in to doing it with a dark secret that he knows and will r
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fast-paced, intricate, and with some great twists—if you don’t mind suspending your disbelief a tad, grab David Bell’s latest thriller and clear your plans for the next day! This one is hard to put down once you start it!

It all started with blackmail. Well, that’s not entirely true. It all started with the accident back in college. The secret that Ryan and his best friend Blake have held onto for so long. The guilt over a sophomoric prank gone wrong. Now someone is blackmailing Ryan, and it is o
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ryan seems to have the perfect life, but he has a dark secret. To keep his secret, he ends up breaking into a woman's house. An old friend needs some items retrieved from the woman's home, but Ryan discovers a dead woman instead of the items his friend needed. Ryan isn't sure why his old friend would set him up for murder, but Ryan is determined to keep him and his family safe.

A complex mystery involving a man that wants to maintain the image of his perfect life. Ryan has made bad decisions in h
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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4 It’s OK to say No stars

In this fast-paced thriller, we have Ryan, the man who seemingly has it all – a lovely wife and child at home – and a great job. He has some skeletons in his closet that are coming back to haunt him though. Old college friend Blake has asked for one more favor and Ryan just can’t say no.

However, fulfilling that favor opens the Pandora box of problems in his life and Ryan is worried that his perfect life is about to fall apart. He makes some f
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Everyone wants something from Ryan.

One wants money, one wants his time, and the worst request is from his friend, Blake.

After he is forced into following through on the request, things became even worse.

We follow Ryan as he avoids the police and looks for Blake who is no where to be found and as Ryan tries to find the person who murdered a friend of Blake's.

Many bizarre things happen, lies come to the surface, and Ryan's family is in danger. What hold could Blake have had over Ryan to keep him u
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Ryan Francis has a secret. There are a people making requests of him so that the secret won't come out. That is leading to lies and more secrets. . .and now there is a dead body at his feet. As with "Layover," we have an average guy whose life is spiraling out of control. The people around him are cast in a new light. The police are questioning him. The stress is through the roof and we are along for the ride. In this timely thriller, social media is also on the hot seat. Just by doing what they ...more
Oh my goodness, this was a terrific read that I really enjoyed. I am always on the look out for thrillers that quickly grabs my attention from the very first page, with characters that seem to get in deeper trouble, and of course with some twists to keep you guessing and those adrenaline pumping. David Bell delivered another amazing thriller in The Request.

Ryan Francis is guilt ridden and trying to make things right with a family involved in a car accident that Ryan was a part of, where one of
Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)
Second book in a row by Bell that just didn't do it for me. Here are the reasons why:
1. "The Accident" Oh my word, how many times did they have to talk about the accident? Rehashing and hiding information and being worried the information would come out...the incident at the beginning with Dawn just went nowhere, it was silly when the real reason for her actions came out. And overall it had zero to do with the plot. And I spent the absolute entire book shaking my head--there is no way after all
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
.......and another one bites the dust!!! sadly.....quitting at 20%
Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
This book is one you must add to your reading list this summer. It was so worth the read and just wait until the ending. Oh boy are you in for a big treat. Don't miss Bell's must summer read.
I gave this book 4 stars and I can't wait to hear what you think of it after you read it.
The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.
My husband and I listened to “The Request” by David Bell, narrated by Tristan Morris. Unfortunately, we were not a big fan of Morris as a narrator for this novel. Saying that, we listened to all twelve hours and six minutes of the story. In addition, the protagonist is one of the most idiotic characters I’ve come across. I’m not sure if Bell intended for the protagonist to be such a fool, and maybe it was the narrator’s voice that added to the stupidity. Another factor that could have affected o ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
David Bell is a pretty good thriller writer and a generally nice guy to boot. Subsequently I’ve read just about all of his books. The quality is somewhat uneven, sometimes a lot uneven, but usually it’s decent enough to be worth the time. So much so, I requested The Request without even reading a plot summary, checking page count and all those things I normally do prior to trying a book off of Netgalley. And this is when the uneven thing comes in, because this one was definitely the bottom of Be ...more
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve been turning to my most trusted authors lately when I decide what to read next and I’ve been a fan of DB for awhile now because he writes the most entertaining, fast paced thrillers. I’m such a sucker for short chapters, they make for the best binge reads and The Request has all of that and more. I loved that this explored the power of social media and how it effects all of our lives, such a timely and relevant topic that we can all relate to. I always say DB is the best at putting very ord ...more
Sherri Thacker
This is my 9th book by David Bell and I am always excited when he comes out with a new book. When I got approved from NetGalley to get this book, I was even more excited to get started reading! This book kept me on the edge of my seat with a few twists and turns throughout. Wow, what an ending!!!! Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
I usually love David Bell’s work but this missed the mark for me. It was predictable and too over the top for me. It started off great but halfway through I was losing interest and the dialogue between the characters was stilted. Not his best in my opinion.

*Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Chandra Claypool (WhereTheReaderGrows)
If Bell writes it, I'm going to read it! His short chapters and writing style lead to the perfect binge reads. The Request is definitely a binge worthy read and easy to fly through so if you're looking forward to a thriller to fly through, this is a good one to add to your TBR.

Now, I've read several Bell books and they have ranked across the board for me... as expected when you read quite a few from the same author. This one I am torn with. It started strong and pulled me in immediately though I
WOW you guys! The Request by David Bell is a fast-paced, suspenseful thriller that will keep you guessing, and I really mean that! It was nonstop action the entire time, and I was absolutely GLUED to the audio. Tristan Morris is the narrator and I thought he did a fine job, he sounded like I thought Ryan would which was also a bonus. Ryan was a bit of a frustrating character (go figure), but I enjoyed his viewpoint and spent the entire book wondering what would happen and how everything would be ...more
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
Did you ever have a book just ruin all your plans for the day?

You sit down, intending to read a few chapters before going on with your day, and the next thing you know you’re knee-deep in a fast-paced thriller and half the day has passed you by?⁣

That’s what it’s like to read a book by David Bell.⁣

You kinda just throw all responsibility to the wayside and end up cancelling plans cause you’re (cough) “not feeling well, and just going to stay in tonight”


This one is no exception. You thi
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was hooked by the first chapter!
At the end. 🤯🤯
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David Bell is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning suspense novelist. His most recent thriller from Berkley/Penguin is THE REQUEST. His previous novels include LAYOVER, SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is currently an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky ...more

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