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Friend Request Audiobook

Friend Request

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Publisher's Summary

Maria wants to be friends.

But Maria is dead.

Isn't she?

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past, her heart nearly stops.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

Maria Weston has been missing for over 25 years. She was last seen the night of a school leavers' party, and the world believes her to be dead. Particularly Louise, who has lived her adult life with a terrible secret. As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress. 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....

Please note: The original recording was replaced on 11/10/2017. If you own this audiobook, simply re-download it from your library to access the new recording.

©2017 Laura Marshall (P)2017 Little Brown Book Group

What the Critics Say

"A read-it-in-one-sitting thriller.... Twisty and gripping but always relatable, Friend Request is the ultimate it-could-happen-to-you read." (Erin Kelly)

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    Debbie Roberts 03/08/2017
    Debbie Roberts 03/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Gripping thriller"

    This was recommended on Marian Keyes' vlog and it's easy to see why. It's a beautifully written gripping story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jolene 13/09/2017
    Jolene 13/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic"

    Loved it. It was not what I expected. Full of suspense. Didn't want to stop listening.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 04/09/2017
    04/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth it.."

    A great book that kept me engaged from start to finish, with twists and turns that kept me guessing. Worth listening too

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 12/09/2017
    12/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Gripping."

    The performance, the story both gripping. A psychological journey gives one Hell of a ride.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda Doreen, Australia 11/09/2017
    Amanda Doreen, Australia 11/09/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"

    Funny moment in the story where the presenter clears her throats and repeats her line. Missed the edit cut ;)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 17/08/2017
    17/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Don't waste your time with this bpok"

    There is only one word to describe this book: boring. Sorry for being so blunt.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alia 18/11/2017
    Alia 18/11/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "A light easy whodunit "

    A little drawn out at times but kept me interested throughout. I'd recommend it for light reading.

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    Anonymous 14/11/2017
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    "Don’t recommend "

    Didn’t enjoy the story. The narrator was fine, but the plot was average and the main character frustrating in her stupidity. I honestly couldn’t wait to finish it because I was just over it.

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    Anonymous 10/11/2017
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    "Great story, well read "

    Loved the story all the way through. Was very easy to get into. Presenter did a great job

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    Brenda 27/10/2017
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    "Good read"

    Keeps you guessing and the twists and turns to this story keep you wanting more.....

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  • M. Fabian
    12/08/17
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    "lived it kept me hooked"

    this was a really good book. the main character is quite deep and has a lot going on in her life and a good thriller. kept you guessing till end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    3/08/17
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    "Great listen - Need more like this"

    Really enjoyed listening to this story, it kept me interested, a lot of audiobooks leave me bored half way through.

    The reader could have just been a little more expressive when reading certain parts, which would have kept me in more suspense, but all seemed to be in one tone. But this didnt ruin the book

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • jeannette
    31/07/17
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    "Excellent narration"

    A must listen too book, brilliant narration, very addictive , it's one of those books that you just have to know what is coming next, well read Elaine Claxton will be looking for more books read by you best wishes Jeannette x

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • MBP
    19/11/17
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    "unbelievable ending!"

    Held me spellbound from the first word to the last. (these are the additional words required to allow me to submit my review)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    18/11/17
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    "I kept looking behind me walking the dog...!"

    I'd been dying to read this book since I first read about it. I love a good thriller/mystery and one to do with social media sounded right up my street.

    Louise received a curious friend request from a former schoolmate...who died over twenty years ago. Bringing back memories of her childhood and what she did to fit in with the cooler kids, Louise starts to wonder if Maria Weston is actually still alive and planning revenge.



    This story did get REALLY creepy at times. I listened to it in audiobook form and actually managed to freak myself out while walking the dog in the dark. Hearing a story about someone being followed actually isn't fun on a dark winter morning. It was so well written I'd actually turn around and speed up my steps!

    I was constantly guessing throughout this story. Not once did I come up with a theory anywhere near what actually happened, but looking back, there were a few tips and clues hidden in there.

    The actress reading this story was likely one of the best I've listened to. She had this brilliant way of making her voice sound younger or older, so even if I got confused with the past and present tenses, it was quite easy to keep up with what was going on.

    The story has a great 'careful how you talk to people' moral. It was nice to know that some characters who were not treated well in school were successful in later life. 

    It's nice to have an 'up to date' story with social media involved. Even as someone who does try to be very careful with their social media security, it made me a little edgy.

    The characters were really well written, without giving too much away, I really liked the person who ended up being behind it all. The reason for their doing so was brilliant too.



    It took me a few chapters to get into this story, the first few were a little boring for me. However, once it did get going it was really gripping.

    The ending wasn't my favorite. I personally think that some of the stories I came up with in my head would have been a little more interesting, but it was one that I couldn't at all guess and it didn't end on a horrible cliffhanger. 


    Although it wasn't the best ending ever the story really had me thinking and it was really enjoyable. I loved listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • C. Whetstone
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    8/11/17
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    "Reasonable listen"

    Quite interesting to start but it did get a bit silly at the end however it was a easy listen for driving to work and back

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jv
    6/11/17
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    "almost a mistake"

    I spent several hours hoping something good would happen. I almost sent it back. I got to the point just before the reunion and decided I'd made a mistake but I have it 10 more minutes and was drawn back in. lots of dead ends and twists. the ending was a little disappointing. the narrator was precise but lacked in character and emotion. Still enjoyable but not a memorable book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr b j finnegan
    5/11/17
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    "Mediocre"

    The story itself, although not entirely original isn't that bad but it seems the author runs out of ideas in the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Duster
    5/11/17
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    "Too much teenage drama."

    Anti-climactic, weak willed main character, poor dialogue, almost a good story though, needs to break free from the crap it gets bogged down in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs C G Heyes
    4/11/17
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    "Editing fail"

    Didn't expect to hear the narrator cough in a chapter and then carry on by repeating previous sentence....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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