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The Friend Request [Kindle Edition]

Alex Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Friend Request: Alex Ford’s dark Facebook comedy.

*Contains Swearing & Adult Themes. Reader Discretion Advised*

Do you really know all the people listed as 'friends' on your Facebook page?

Have you accepted a 'friend request' when you should have clicked ignore?

What if somebody from your past assumed the identity of someone from your present, so they could get close to you?

What if they wanted to get close to you, just to hurt you - again.

David Andrews’ life is going well. With an imminent promotion at work he’s content in his job. His girlfriend is gorgeous and looking at the amount of friends on his Facebook page he’s very popular too. So, when he sees a friend request from a Barry Taylor, he doesn’t understand why it makes him so nervous, he’s not sure he even recognises the name.
Eventually he forgets all about it, until the day he is forced to remember a past that was erased from his memory by a terrible accident.
Little does he realise that all the information on his Facebook page might make him a little too vulnerable, especially to a sociopath like Barry Taylor, who is intent on destroying David’s life – for a second time.
With a little help from his friendly shopkeeper David embarks on a bizarre journey of revenge and self-discovery.

*Contains Swearing & Adult Themes. Reader Discretion Advised*

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 654 KB
  • Print Length: 342 pages
  • Publisher: The Beehive Press (4 May 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KVKW72
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #656,324 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Alex Ford was born in Cambridge in 1975. After teaching Design & Technology at a secondary school in England, he decided to pack away his corduroy trousers and tweed jacket to travel the world. While living in Tokyo, Japan, updating his Facebook friends about 'What was on his mind...' he wrote his first novel, The Friend Request - a Facebook-based thriller. Still writing and travelling, Karl & the Prankster God is his second novel.
It seems highly unlikely he will return to the classroom any time soon.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Friend Request (Alex Ford) 11 Oct. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
A most insightful novel, enlightening the reader to the insidious world of Facebook. With painstaking precision and sensitivity, this work contains credible characters with real voices, which portray an array of emotions; from honesty, fear, frustration and love to sensitivity, rage and outright humour. Loads of suspense and a very solid plot combine to ensure the reader remains hooked from beginning to end. Alex Ford is an obscenely talented author and I cannot wait to read the next AF book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Feb. 2012
By fanny
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An excellent book - kept me gripped to the end. I read it in about 2 days I think for it's sheer unputt-down-ness (not a word, I know!). It really opens your eyes to the dangers of social media and just how easy it would be to infiltrate someone's life if you were hell bent on doing so - and of course, how easily someone could do it to you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 11 Sept. 2013
By J
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Loved reading this book, makes you think about how much information people share with strangers.
Very funny and hard to put down towards the end.
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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pace, easy read, enjoyed the humour! 22 July 2010
By Facebook Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book and also could not put it down. The writer has a great narrative style and holds your attention throughout the book. Makes you think twice about your profile page! Highly recommended.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think! 12 July 2011
By kindlegal - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I selected Friend Request as a free Kindle selection as I was intriqued by the book description and I am glad that I did. It was a fast and entertaining read that makes you think about Facebook and other such popular sites. Now I am glad that I have been hesitant to post much on my own page. I am a mystery fan and found this story-line to be a nice change of pace. It was easy to "get into" and the action continued until the last page. Definitely worth the download - but then it WAS free!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, but poorly written 22 July 2011
By Anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The premise behind this book is interesting, but the author's approach left a lot to be desired. The story makes one reconsider posting too much information on facebook. However, the excessive use of commas throughout the book made it almost unreadable. Any English teacher would have had red marks all over the text. This author, needs to learn that, you don't put a comma, between every phrase, in a sentence!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read! 16 July 2011
By Stormyeize - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I tried this book because it was free and sounded interesting. The characters and plot were not only believable, but makes you want to privatize your Facebook page to maximum security. Alex Ford is an engaging british writer with plenty of humor. Because of this good read, I intend to see what other works he has to offer.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, realistic, well-written 16 July 2011
By sarajane82 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So far, this is my FAVORITE free download for my Kindle. I truly enjoyed this book, and I love how the author let the psychopathy of the antagonist shine through without making it unbelievable and without coming out and saying: "This guy is a psychopath." I love how you got into Barry's head and the thought patterns and logic and 'strategery' of his plans were so authentic that it made me worry if the author might not have a little bit of a personality disorder himself!

Seriously, though, I think it's really hard for someone to write a character like Barry and make it ring true, but for me it totally did. It was not too over the top and yet it was just creepy enough to make you realize that, yes, there ARE people out there like this, that manipulate for the sake of manipulation and who truly ENJOY it.

I love how David tried to take on some of those traits to exact revenge on Barry but how he just couldn't do it...although most of the reasons he couldn't were external, I think it just goes to show how someone who has a soul finds it difficult to act like those who clearly don't.

I would have liked to know a little more about what happened in the past-- I feel like I needed a little more detail as to how, exactly, Barry ruined David's life. The few times that it was addressed almost made it seem inconsequential, like an experience that pretty much all of us had in high school at one time or another. I mean, who hasn't found themselves popular one day and then ostracized the next for no apparent reason? I felt like I needed a little more on the depth of the pain that Barry caused David in the past.

Other than that, great book and highly recommended!!
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