Friend Request: The most addictive psychological thriller you'll read this year Hardcover – 27 Jul 2017
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A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller . . . Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read (Erin Kelly, author of He Said/She Said)
I read it in one go . . . supremely grippy with an excellent twist! (Sunday Times bestseller, Marian Keyes)
Sharp, relevant and tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist, psychological thriller fans should definitely say yes to this impressive debut. (Sunday Mirror)
Brilliant (Sunday Times bestseller, Jenny Colgan)
Laura Marshall ramps up the tension page by page until it's impossible to know who to trust. It's a book that should make everybody realise how vulnerable social media can make them. I loved it! (Number one kindle bestseller, Rachel Abbott)
Fabulous! Twisty and gripping with huge depth and heart. These characters and the danger they face will stay with you long after the final page. You must read this! (Emma Kavanagh, author of Falling)
Tightly plotted and brilliantly tense, this is a devour-in-one-sitting must. (Heat)
Pulp fiction at its finest, FRIEND REQUEST is a mystery with a genius premise (Stylist)
I couldn't put it down! (Jenny Blackhurst, author of the number one ebook bestseller How I Lost You)
An incredible debut novel that's not to be missed! Fantastic writing that instantly drew me in. I simply couldn't put it down - such a fast-paced, exciting thriller with some unexpected twists and turns. I loved it! (Hollie Overton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Baby Doll)
Maria wants to be friends.
But Maria is dead.
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I really could not relate at all to Louise, the main character. I felt she was very weak, a bit pathetic and had no substance. I could not muster any sympathy or empathy for someone who was so awful and self absorbed during the sections set during 1989. But the very worst thing about her was that she was a woman in her 40's still obsessing over something that happened 25 years ago. Once the threatening messages started, I was amazed that she made no effort to block/report the messages or protect herself and/or her son. Her stalker was also unrealistically omniscient, which was a bit silly, really.
She didn't feel like a 'real' person and the other characters were just as 2D with not much fleshing out. The plot was very slow and not very thrilling - I thought I was at the climax, the reunion the story was leading up to, but I was only 50% of the way through and wondering what more there could be and when it would end (never a good thing to be thinking!). The book could have been half the length and a much better paced story. It reads like a short story stretched out into a full length novel.
What compelled me to write this review was the ending. I feel so utterly cheated that key information about a character was kept from the reader, just to make the sudden reveal at the end more shocking. This reveal makes absolutely no sense in the narrative the reader has been given and more annoyingly it is not new information, but something the narrator has know all along (and made a few very vague and deliberately misleading allusions to). Rarely have I ever been so dissatisfied with a book that I have read.
Louise carries a huge guilt around, blaming herself for something that happened many years before. Whether she was at fault or not & if she wasn't then who was forms the basis of the story. I'll leave it to the reader to find out for themselves.
There seems to be a spate of psychological thrillers around at the moment & while this isn't bad at all, it's not quite there.
Laura gets a Facebook friend request from Marie … but isn't Marie dead? this thriller switches back and forth from present day (2016) to 1989 when Laura and Marie were at school together. Laura did something awful in her last year at school...… as an adult she moved from Norfolk to London and is hiding this from everyone in her adult life as she is so ashamed.... but it keeps haunting her... and now that she has a Facebook request from Marie, is it all going to come out?
I thought I knew what happened and the whole outcome.... but I was so wrong. the clues were all there but I didn't pick them up. now I'm torn between re-reading the whole book again.... just to find the clues that I missed..... or go on to read Laura Marshall's second book 'Three Little Lies'! I'm going to have to do both!!!