FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall

Maria Weston wants to be friends.

But Maria Weston's dead.

Isn't she?

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by Laura Marshall

1989. When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything Louise's other friends 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 with whom she'd severed ties in order 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 is pretending to be her—is known to all.

With her mesmerizing debut, Laura Marshall offers a timely and essential story of how who we were shapes who we become, the hidden cost of our increasingly connected world, and the dangerous shape that revenge can take in our modern era.

Reviews and Praise

FRIEND REQUEST by Laura Marshall is a cleverly plotted, enticing mix of suspense, regret and redemption. Marshall skillfully skips back in forth in time, building unrelenting tension in this utterly riveting psychological thriller. After reading FRIEND REQUEST, I will never look at social media the same way again.

Heather Gudenkauf

New York Times bestselling author of The Weight of Silence and Not a Sound

Suspenseful…Marshall leaps skillfully back and forth between past and present.

Publishers Weekly

A brilliant novel.

Jenny Colgan

author of the New York Times bestsellers Little Beech Street Bakery and The Bookshop on the Corner

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

author of the international bestseller Baby Doll

Imagine getting a Facebook message from a school friend whose death you blame yourself for … That's the eerie premise for Laura Marshall's unnerving novel, FRIEND REQUEST, about mean girls and dark secrets.

Good Housekeeping

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

A strong thriller debut featuring a compelling protagonist whose self-discovery and mounting paranoia create gripping suspense.


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 realize how vulnerable social media can make them. I loved it!

Rachel Abbott

author of the international bestsellers Only the Innocent and Sleep Tight

Sharp, relevant and tightly plotted, and with a fabulous twist, psychological thriller fans should definitely say yes to this impressive debut.

Sunday Mirror

Fast-paced plotting and a gripping conclusion make this one of the better offerings in this genre.

RT Book Reviews

About the Author

Laura Marshall
Laura Marshall was shortlisted for several international awards for an as-yet-unpublished work for her debut novel FRIEND REQUEST. She lives in Kent, England.

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