‘Friend request’ has been popping up on my recommended list on Amazon for some time. Up until now, I have resisted and scrolled past. I’m not quite sure why…perhaps I felt that the author was just using popular social media in order to sell her debut book; that the story would have no depth or substance.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Louise, the main protagonist, has lived with the guilt of an ill- judged decision made as an easily led teenager. That decision left another girl named Maria missing, presumed dead. Only a handful of people know what really happened that night, and Louise is desperate for it to stay that way.
When she receives the friend request from Maria Weston, she assumes she’s been the victim of a sick joke- especially when she realises that the class of 1989 have all been invited to a reunion. However, when others who were involved also receive the requests, and Louise starts to get other, threatening messages, she begins to wonder whether it could really be Maria after all…
Marshall manages to conjure up memories from high school- the various cliques that we undoubtedly all experienced, whichever group you fell in to. Also under scrutiny is social media. It had me thinking about how teenagers nowadays live out the hardest time of their lives in the public eye.
A great debut with a strong storyline. I’m just sorry I put off reading it for so long!