It’s been a while since I’ve read a psychological thriller, my favourite genre of book. After two pretty heavy-going books – The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, which I really enjoyed, and Macbeth, which I didn’t, I was ready to get back to my happy place. My friend lent me Friend Request and I couldn’t wait to get stuck in.
Friend Request doesn’t beat about the bush. It gets straight in there with the story. On the very first page, main character Louise receives a Facebook friend request from Maria Weston. But Maria has been dead for 25 years. Or has she?
Single mum Louise has spent her entire adult life trying to forget Maria’s death, which changed her forever. But now the past has come back to haunt her. And if Maria isn’t alive, who is sending the messages?
Twenty-five years on from the school leavers’ party, someone is organising a reunion. Should Louise go back and rekindle relationships with the friends she had tried so hard to leave behind?
This is a book about secondary school, female friendships and the nastiness that come with them. Set in both 1989 and the present day, Louise sits somewhere between the bully and the bullied, as she desperately tries to fit in and be cool. The parallels between the fateful leavers’ party and the school reunion make this a book you want to keep reading and can’t put down.
I really enjoyed this book, which was a nice easy read and would be a good introduction to psychological thrillers for someone who hasn’t tried them before. There are a few suspects, but I didn’t work out what was going on. My only complaint is that the character of Louise isn’t that likeable, so I wasn’t really rooting for her like I do with most characters.