FRIEND REQUEST

4/5 Stars

  • Author: Laura Marshall
  • Published 9.9.2017
  • by Grand Central Publishing
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 psychological roller coaster 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 questioning the main character.  I can’t help it! As secrets are revealed about Louise, the story’s only point of view, we find she is carrying a huge amount of guilt from her high school days.  Her friend, Maria Weston, went missing that year and was assumed dead. Why does Louise feel so guilty about that? Hmmm.

When Louise receives the friend request from Maria, you can only imagine how freaked out she becomes! Louise is a smart person, computer literate and she goes through all the expected steps to find out who sent the request.  She even overcomes her nerves and reconnects with old friends in order to get to the bottom of the increasingly threatening messages. She becomes convinced this is not a “catfish” or a prank.   During a high school reunion, a woman is murdered and we start learning even more about Louise and her past.

The author, Laura Marshall, expertly carries Louise’s story in alternating chapters entitled 1989 and 2016. In this style, we are given bits and clues and a red herring or two, and all the reader has to do is put this mystery together. Easy enough.

Except this:  Louise may or may not be an unreliable narrator. I can’t say. You will be wondering as I was all through this book and I take my “no spoilers” oath seriously. So I cannot tell you. Sorry/not sorry. 

The ending is an ugly surprise, not my favorite ending of all time, but it definitely is a plausible one. I can highly recommend FRIEND REQUEST. Add it to your TBR.

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