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by Sphere, 11 January 2018. ISBN: 978-0-7515-6835-6 (PB)
This is the
author’s debut novel and it’s a very promising psychological thriller. Divorced mother Louise juggles her life
between running an interior design business from her London home and caring for
her four-year-old son, Henry. Ex hubbie Sam, a former classmate for whom she
still carries a torch, has remarried but shares custody of Henry.
uses Facebook intermittently and one day a friend request reaches her from a
former school friend, Maria Weston. What’s so surprising about that you may well
ask, but Maria is no more, having departed this earthly world, presumed having
taken her own life, 25 years earlier.
world is turned upside down. She has always harboured guilt about how she joined
a clique in school, located in a sleepy Norfolk town, and became complicit in bullying
and isolating Maria.
school reunion of the pupils in that fateful year of 1989 beckons. Louise, who
has hitherto not bothered to keep in touch with past schoolmates, feverishly contacts
those deemed likely to be attending in order to get to the bottom of the
narrative action bounces between 1989 and 2016. Messages from Maria continue,
getting progressively menacing and creepy and keeping Louise in a frantic state
of emotional turmoil.Tension mounts,
affecting her professional and personal life.
author doesn’t flinch from exploring several hot topics like the ups and downs of
online dating, playground and social media bullying, and single working parenthood.
confess that the ending didn’t come as a surprise to me.That said, I highly recommend it as a
riveting read as the many characters are rounded and believable, it has an
ingenious plot, the dialogue is relevant and sharp and the standard and quality
of writing is compelling, all of which auger well for the author’s career in this
difficult to master genre.
Marshall grew up in Wiltshire and studied English at the
University of Sussex. After almost twenty years working in conference
production, in 2015 Laura decided it was time to fulfil a lifetime's ambition to
write a novel, and enrolled on the Curtis Brown Creative three-month novel
writing course. Her first novel, Friend
Request was shortlisted for both the Bath Novel Award 2016 and the Lucy
Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016 and was published by Little, Brown in the UK in
July 2017, selling over 100,000 copies to date and becoming a kindle number one
bestseller. Friend Request has sold
in a further seven territories around the world including the USA, Germany,
France, Poland and the Netherlands. Laura is working on her second novel, which
is expected to be released later in 2018. Laura lives in Kent with her husband
and two children.
Serena Fairfaxspent her childhood in India,
qualified as a lawyer in England and practised in London for many years. She
began writing by contributing feature articles to legal periodicalsthen turned her hand to fiction. Having
published nine novels all, bar one, hardwired with a romantic theme, she has
also written short stories and accounts of her explorations off the beaten
track that feature on her blog. A tenth, distinctly unromantic, novel is a work
in progress. Thrillers, crime and mystery narratives, collecting old masks and
singing are a few of her favourite things.