Friend Request by Laura Marshall
When Louise first notices the new girl who has mysteriously transferred late into their senior year, Maria seems to be everything the girls Louise hangs out with aren't. Authentic. Funny. Brash. Uncensored and unapologetic. Days into their acquaintance, Maria and Louise are quickly on their way to becoming fast friends. Decades later, when Maria reaches out over social media, Louise's heart nearly stops. Long-buried memories quickly rise to the surface--those first days of their budding connection, the awful judgment of the young women who felt at the time like her sole gateway to belonging. The fateful, tragic night that would change all their lives forever. Her entire adult life, Louise has known if the truth ever came out, she could stand to lose everything. Her job. Her son. Her freedom. Maria's sudden reemergence threatens it all, and forces Louise to reconnect with everyone she'd severed ties with to get away from the past. Trying to piece together exactly what happened that night, she soon discovers there's much she didn't know. The only certainty is that Maria Weston disappeared that night, never to be heard from again--until now.
What did you like most about Friend Request?
I think it's such a topical tale, as we all know the pitfalls of Facebook and the influence it has on our lives.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Friend Request?
One of the most memorable moments for me was when Louise meets with Sophie. It was so in character how the spoilt 'most popular' teenage girl had become so superficial in adult life.
Have you listened to any of Elaine Claxton’s other performances? How does this one compare?
I haven't heard any of her other performances, but I think this one was spot on because she was able to put on a plausible younger voice for the teenage Louise.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Towards the end, but I don't want to give any spoilers away.
Any additional comments?
Outstanding debut novel that was enhanced by a good audio narration.