TOWN SQUARE - Modern Fiction

Friend Request

When Louise Williams receives a message from someone left long in the past she feels sick.

Maria Weston wants to be friends on Facebook.

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 Laura Marshall

Laura Marshall's first novel, Friend Request was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Award and the Bath Novel Award in 2016. She lives with her family in Kent.




Friend Request by Laura Marshall is a cleverly plotted, enticing mix of suspense, regret and redemption. Marshall skillfully skips back and forth in time, building unrelenting tension in this utterly riveting psychological thriller. After reading Friend Request, I will never look at social media the same way again. New York Times bestselling author, Heather Gudenkauf

Brilliant. Sunday Times bestseller, Jenny Colgan

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, author of He Said/She Said