Book Review – Friend Request

**contains spoilers**

Welcome to another book review! This is one I had been wanting to read for SO LONG when I finally found it in a shop. I couldn’t wait to bring it home and read it. BUT sadly, it didn’t fully reach my expectations, and I was left feeling a little disappointed and deflated. I’m not sure if this was just me or not, but it is just my opinion. I believe it is a really loved book. Todays book is..

Friend Request by Laura Marshall

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“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 am so annoyed that I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought I would – I think my expectations were too high. The story didn’t pan out to how I thought it would. I don’t think they covered enough on Maria’s Facebook page. And there wasn’t really very many messages from Maria. I thought it was going to be like the movie ‘Unfriended’ , but it was not.

You find out closer to the end who killed Maria, and it may not be the person you were expecting – I was sure surprised by this. Sadly I didn’t really feel the thrill of the book – the scene for me just wasn’t set properly. Again, my opinion, this book is super highly rated. I would recommend a read if you’re into thrillers.

The genres of this one are thriller, mystery, fiction, suspense and crime.

About the Author
“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. Laura lives in Kent with her husband and two children.”

I rate this one a 6/10.

Thank you for reading my review – let me know in the comments below if you have read this one and what you’re thoughts were!

Chelsea x

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