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Friend Request plays the ultimate Catfishing game with the reader. Who is really behind a dead woman’s Facebook profile? Can the things we thought were buried eventually track xfriend-request.jpg.pagespeed.ic.cnu82Z4cuius down? And what will it mean when they do? Laura Marshall’s gripping debut twists and turns into the darkly personal – friendship, love, sex and the secrets that lie beneath.

When Louise – a recently divorced single mum and successful interior designer – receives a friend request from Maria Weston, she slams her laptop shut, hands shaking. Maria Weston is dead and Louise has been pushing down the memory of her – of all that happened back in high school – for more than two decades. Now those memories have come flooding back.

And surely it’s no coincidence that this is happening right before the Class of 1989 Sharne Bay High reunion? So…does someone know her secret? The ugly truth of what she did all those years ago? Because, back in 1989 when Maria first transferred to Sharne Bay High, all she had wanted was to be Louise’s friend. But what happened to Maria has the power to ruin Louise’s life.

Slipping between 1989 and 2016, Laura Marshall slowly peels back the layers of memory, guilt and perception – to reveal a much deeper, uglier secret at the heart of relationships forged in high school. Social media can reconnect us with those we thought were lost. But it is also the ultimate mask: who LauraMarshallis really behind the filtered social media reality? As the messages from ‘Maria Weston’ start to become more sinister, Louise is force to confront the mask she has worn. But also, seek answers about who is really behind the ghostly online presence. Is Maria alive and seeking revenge? Because what happens online has consequences in real life.

At its core, this book is a creepy reminder that we don’t know who has access to the personal things we post online – our lives, our jobs, our partners, our children. Not-to-mention the eternal themes of love and sex, friendship and betrayal, sex, violence and consent. This truly is a thriller for the social media age, and the all-too-real people that lurk behind it.

Friend Request is Laura Marshall’s first novel. It was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016, and was runner-up in the Bath Novel Award 2016. Laura lives with her family in Kent.

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                    Publisher details

                    Friend Request
                    Author
                    Laura Marshall
                    Publisher
                    Hachette
                    Released
                    25 July, 2017

                    Synopsis

                    When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.Because Maria Weston has been missing for over twenty-five 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 knowing herself responsible for Maria's disappearance. But now Maria is back. Or is she?As Maria's messages start to escalate, Louise forces herself to reconnect with the old friends she once tried so hard to impress, to try to piece together exactly what happened that fateful night. But when another friend's body turns up in the woods outside their old school, Louise realises she can't trust anyone and that she must confront her own awful secret to discover the whole truth of what happened to Maria . . .

                    About the AuthorFriend Request is Laura Marshall's first novel. It was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016, and was runner-up in the Bath Novel Award 2016. Laura lives with her family in Kent.
                    Laura Marshall
                    About the author

                    Laura Marshall

                    Friend Request is Laura Marshall's first novel. It was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize 2016, and was runner-up in the Bath Novel Award 2016. Laura lives with her family in Kent.

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