Friend Request by Laura Marshall

Book blurb…

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers’ party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life knowing herself responsible for Maria’s disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?

As Maria’s messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend’s body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can’t trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .

My thoughts…

This is a story that at its core is bullying and manipulation.  The life Louise lives is based on guilt and a lack of belief in herself from her school years right through to the choices she makes during her adult life.

Overall, a great read that will keep you wondering who is behind the Friend Request: an old school friend (I use that term loosely) or a dead school friend.  I did not have a clue until I was ninety percent through the story.

I would not have thought this book to be a debut novel.  It was so well plotted and paced.

I would recommend this to you if you like a thriller (but maybe not is you use Facebook!!)

This review is also on Goodreads

 

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About Jeannette

I'm living the dream, reading my way around this country and living in a 5th wheeler caravan.
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