Louise is on the treadmill of busyness that all single parents are forced to negotiate every day.  Her son is great, her ex operates at the standard level of selfish and annoying, her fledgling business is going well and in the between-times Louise checks in and tries to keep up with everyone else’s frantic lives via Facebook.   The bright shiny lives of Louise’s friends, ex colleagues and acquaintances are cyber surreal to her and the friends that were once vitally important in the school years have now become just posts on her phone screen.  The ‘friend request’ received from a dead school mate rocks Louise straight back to those school days of fake friends, neuroses and crushing peer pressure. 

Back in the day Louise had been like every other girl she knew; desperate to at least be a few rungs up from the bottom of the teenage social ladder, keen to just to get the whole high school experience over and done with. It’s sure to be better eventually but when you’re in the trenches of being a teenager, you find yourself doing odd out of character things just to get by. Maria, having transferred across from another school, finds out the hard way that rumours about why you had to leave your last school will always somehow follow you to the next one.  On the night of their year dance, Maria is separated from the party goers and presumed drowned.  A terrible accident, and a terrible waste.  Louise and her friends from that night are all grown up now but they all carry small pieces of the puzzle of what really happened to Maria that night.  The terrified Louise seeks out her old class mates and it appears that Louise is not the only one who Facebook Maria has made contact with.


Laura Marshall

Laura 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.

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Review Book review - Friend Request, Laura Marshall
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Review Book review - Friend Request, Laura Marshall
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