Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Review: Friend Request by Laura Marshall
Thank you to Netgalley and Grand Central Publishing for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.
Louise is surprised to receive a friend request from Maria Weston, especially since she disappeared 25 years ago and hasn't been seen since then. Feeling more than a little freaked especially since she has a secret to hide, she searches Facebook for her old friend Sophie and sends her a friend request. She then arranges to meet her because she wants to ask her about the request she received.
Louise begins to feel like she is being followed and watched, and with each passing day, she gets more and more worried that the truth will come out about what she did to Marie. She even reaches out to Esther, whom she had ditched during school as well when she became sort of popular.
During this time is confronted by the fact that she keeps all of her friends at a distance, and the secret is killing her, but when someone dies at the reunion she knows it is only a matter of time before her past comes back to haunt her.
My only real complaint was the fact that took so long for Louise to finally come clean about what she had done to Maria, and clearly, her actions haunted and controlled her life. So many times I wanted to shake her and be like just be honest, just tell someone, and every time she did, if they didn't react well it cemented the feelings she had about herself.
I really enjoyed the exposure of how fake social media is, and how even years after the fact it can tie and make you relive those high school days. Louise really struggled to become a better person, but she always felt defined by her actions as a teenager. While this is a mystery at heart it is also an eye opening perspective on bullying from both points of view. While it may show the motives of all bullies it does show how peer pressure and other factors can make an otherwise decent person do really stupid things.