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Friend Request: The most addictive psychological thriller you'll read this year

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I flinch at the thought of it, sympathy for her mixed with a shameful gratitude that there were no camera phones around when I was that age. Louise's dread and guilt is brought to the surface as the story moves back and forth from the present day Lousie; now a 40 year old single mom faced with going to her High School reunion and the past insecure 16 year old Louise who in an attempt to win over the popular crowd coordinated an ill-fated prank that ended with a young student never being seen again. More or less amicably divorced and raising a young son, her thriving interior design business is not enough to vanquish the unresolved feelings of guilt from those school days of yore. Actually, I wasn't too happy with the way "grand finale" was resolved, so easily and kind of unlikely.

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. We know there's something that Louise feels guilty about, something to do with Maria that happened in High School in 1989. My coffee is ready, and I have no alternative but to sit back down at the laptop, where Maria has been waiting for me: steadily, impenetrably. As she thinks of her life the same sentence keeps running through her head "Maria Weston wants to be friends with me".I'm not even sure which side of the story had me more engrossed as they both certainly kept the pages turning looking for answers. Laura Marshall has done a superb job of bringing Louise's guilt over her past behavior and her fear of the impact it could have on her adult life, to life on the page.

Combine this suggestion with Louise’s own paranoia and the escalating Facebook messages from Maria and Marshall has some excellent tension creating ingredients. In 1989, Maria transfers to Louise's school in the late senior years, and initially Louise finds her a refreshing change.Maybe that was the problem all along; Maria Weston wanted to be friends with me, but I let her down.

becomes more and more paranoid, afraid of a person who's standing behind Maria's profile and secrets that could come out. However the editing was a bit sloppy, I can’t ever remember reading a book where I heard the narrator clear their throat, and that did happen in this book also a few lines were repeated, clearly this is not the narrator‘s fault, I was just surprised. Out of the blue one-day, Louise receives a notification on Facebook that Maria Weston wants to be friends. She's spineless, insecure, self-centered, cowardly, and horribly flawed, and yet, because it's narrated in first person, we get to see all of the mental gymnastics she performs to try to make herself out as the good person, even when she's doing terrible things. Not just suspenseful, it also has great dialogue and the issues brought up are so relevant to what's happening in the world today.You really see the strength in Louise form as you're taken into the story and by the end of the novel you realize that although her life was littered in bad judgement and mistakes there is a certain strength in not letting the past define your present.

Should Louise go back and rekindle relationships with the friends she had tried so hard to leave behind? My Facebook circle is quite limited in comparison these days, I have culled the list of friends, but when I joined Facebook, I remember befriending people who I had not known much about (i.

Flashbacks to high school days show just what a piece of shit Louise was, siding up with the obnoxious bullies who enjoyed their power and made Maria's life as miserable as possible. I don’t even know if there is such a thing as the truth when it comes to relationships, or only versions of it, shaped by love and fear and the way we lie to ourselves and others.

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