Friday, October 13, 2017

Friend request by Laura Marshall

5 Star

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.

Sabrina-Kate - 5 Star

I could not put this book down. As my eyes were literally trying to close, I would stand up in order to be able to read a bit more as I was reading very late into the night. The story is adeptly written with an expertly woven story that kept surprising me with more and more twists. I also think that the topic of bullying is one that we have all had touch our lives in one way or another with it being a prevalent topic these days so it also caught my attention due to that.

I can somewhat identify with a few of the characters in the book as I pretty much left high school behind without a backward glance for many reasons and I could not imagine what would happen if things in my past came back to haunt me. Louise was trying to avoid talking about or dealing with the past and was scared of possible repercussions for bullying in the past. Everything seemed to escalate quickly following a Facebook friend request and the scary power of what social media set up was upsetting.

As a mother, I could also empathize with Louise as I could not imagine the terror of feeling that not only your but your child's life could also be in danger. A few times my heart was actually thudding from fear when super crazy things were happening. And to be honest, I truly was not expecting exactly where this book was headed. Once some things were revealed, I thought it was over, but it just kept shocking me, over and over.

A very relevant book to our times and realities, I raced through this book as fast as I could and loved every single word. I cannot wait to see what Laura Marshall comes up with next!

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for our review copy.  All opinions are our own.

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