Title: Friend Request
Genre: Adult, Thriller
Rating: 4 Stars
Maria Weston wants to be friends. But Maria Weston is dead. Isn’t she?
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.
Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for providing an advanced readers copy of this book for me to read in exchange for my honest review.
The story alternates between the past and present. In 1989, we see Louise as a teenage girl trying to fit in with the popular crowd. A new girl, Maria moves to town and there a rumors about her from her old school. Louise gets trapped between be-befriending Maria and impressing the other girls. Louise feels isolated from the other girls and turns her back on Maria. In the present time, 2016, Louise is an interior designer who is recently divorced with a 4 year old son. She gets a Facebook friend request from Maria, 25 years after her death.
The writing was suspenseful and the dialogue flowed well as the story unraveled. There are many issues that are relevant in today’s society such as Social media (Facebook) and bullying. Social media is great for staying in touch and sharing pictures with family and friends, but there is a dark side that anyone can just look up your profile. People need to be careful what they post online for others to see.
This was a great debut novel, that keeps you guessing until the very end. I had some guesses as to who sent the request and was proven to be very wrong. I would recommend this highly!